Wife beating judge is sacked from the bench

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Judge James Allen QC after being sentenced to a 12 month community order for assaulting his wife. Allen's wife Melanie Allen is a deputy coroner in the West Yorkshire area.

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Judge James Allen QC after being sentenced to a 12 month community order for assaulting his wife. Allen's wife Melanie Allen is a deputy coroner in the West Yorkshire area.

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A DEPUTY High Court Judge who assaulted his wife has been sacked for bringing the judiciary into disrepute.

James Allen QC, 61, was removed from his role after being convicted of assaulting his wife Melanie Williamson, 44, during a row at their home in Woolley in February last year.

During his trial last summer Allen claimed his wife, who sits as a deputy coroner, inflicted injuries to her own face. His wife also said she punched herself on the sides of her head. But he was convicted of assault and given a 12-month supervision order.

A spokesman for the Office for Judicial Complaints said: “Judge James Allen, who sat as a Deputy High Court Judge and a Recorder, was convicted of assault at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.

“The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice are of the view that his actions had brought the judiciary into disrepute and have removed Judge Allen from his judicial positions.”

It a second career blow for Allen who was expelled from his barristers chambers, No 6 in Leeds, in September.