Judge in 'neknominate' video is sorry

Published Wednesday, 05 February 2014
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A high profile Northern Ireland judge has owned up to her "foolish behaviour" after she was filmed taking part in the 'neknominate' drinking game.

Judge in 'neknominate' video is sorry
The 'neknominate' craze on social media sites has been linked to deaths. (© Getty)

Footage emerged online of Rosemary Watters downing a shot of alcohol at a family party before nominating another person to do the same.

The same game has been linked to two deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

A statement from the Office of the Lord Chief Justice on behalf of Judge Watters said she recognises her behaviour in the video was "foolish".

Meanwhile an investigation has been launched by the Lord Chief Justice.

"The video was taken at a family event," the statement explained. "Judge Watters recognises her foolish behaviour and would discourage anyone else from repeating what she did."

A statement from the Lord Chief Justice added: "The Lord Chief Justice is aware of the video and has noted that the judge recognises her behaviour was foolish.

"He will be making enquiries".

Earlier this week the creators of a local Facebook page devoted to the online drinking game said they have quit promoting so-called 'neknomination' videos.

Young people are being warned of the dangers of getting involved with the game, which is thought to have originated in Australia before making its way to the UK and Ireland, after two people died.

Those taking part are supposed to down, or 'neck', alcoholic drinks in one go, posting a video online of their efforts and then nominating others to try to 'go one better'.

A statement from the Public Health Agency said: "Real friends don't Neknominate. You have the right to say: 'No'. Join the thousands of others who are standing up against this 'game'."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Stuart in Carrick wrote (357 days ago):
Noman d . Wise up and get a life if you could forsee the future you wouldnt leave the house for goodness sake. Is she not aloud a social life?
Isobel in Lisburn wrote (358 days ago):
Blown out of all proportion. No comparison to FB debacle.
John in Londonderry wrote (358 days ago):
The judge has a life away from the court room, what she does in her spare time is private as it is not affecting others. She simply madea mmistake and we all have made them. Cheers Judge!
susie in bangor wrote (358 days ago):
She may be a Judge.... but at the end of the day she is human, letting her hair down and having fun with family/friends. Shame on so called "friend" who posted the video....
F in Belfast wrote (358 days ago):
Big deal, she is a human being. Silly whoever posted it on line tho.
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