A judge stunned a courtroom when he told an ASBO thug he 'deserved a good kicking' for punching a woman police officer's private car
Speaking off-the-cuff, Judge Anthony Scott-Gall told binge-drinking Dexter Vidal he was 'not surprised' the WPC's two grown-up sons had confronted him in the street after he attacked their family car.
Judge Scott-Gall told the court: 'I'm not surprised he was given a good kicking, it's what he deserved.
'If someone punched my car then I would make sure, if I had two sons, that he was given more of a good kicking.'
But the judge added: 'Possibly not having regard to the job one holds down.'
After dealing with the case a sentencing hearing at Lewes Crown Court, the judge turned to the press box and said: 'Lest the press think the judge conducts a vigilante campaign against people that terrorise his neighbourhood and his car, he doesn't and they haven't - and I have one son, not two.'
Vidal, 20, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, took out his frustration on PC Ginny Jupp's car after a late-night row with his pregnant girlfriend
who lived next door, causing £400 worth of damage, the court heard.