Judge apologises after getting caught up in drinking game

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Young people in the area have been warned not to get involved in an online drinking game blamed for two deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

It comes as a well-known district judge was exposed as taking part in the craze known as ‘Neknomination’.

The game involves participants challenging their peers to video themselves ‘downing’ various combinations of alcohol then post them on social media sites. It was dangerous enough in its origins but has morphed into something even more lethal.

The stakes were upped as the game moved from Australia to the UK and Ireland with those taking part drinking bleach and WD40 and others carrying out stunts after finishing their drink.

A video has emerged of district judge Rosemary Watters (48), often based in Craigavon and Lisburn, sinking a shot in one before nominating someone else to do the same.

Judge Watters said she recognises her “foolish behaviour” and discouraged anyone from repeating what she did.

A statement issued on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice read: “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.”

The ‘MAIL’ is aware of other people in the area taking part and a local councillor has urged them to stop.

Councillor Carla Lockhart said: “This new phenomenon is extremely worrying and one that unfortunately is happening locally.

“Some have even tried to take Neknomination to extremes, downing concoctions consisting of bleach, washing up liquid, and WD40 aiming to be even more courageous than the person who nominated them. Young people need to realise their life is too precious and they could die as a result of this game or the person they nominate could die as a result.”

UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson added: “Parents have been contacting me worried sick that their children could be pushed into this. I have written to the Justice and Health Ministers urging them to target resources at this issue before it’s too late.”