It’s A Legal Term

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Judge Seamus Hughes (above),

A previous winner of Broadsheet’s Judge of the Day.

A judge called a woman a “tinker” and said she needed to be “controlled in some way”. Judge Séamus Hughes was speaking in Athlone District Court yesterday during a case involving a woman charged with smashing another woman in the face with a pint glass last year.
“What sort of person are you?” Judge Hughes asked Catherine Joyce (23), Battery Heights, Athlone. “The only word I can think of is tinker and I don’t use this with aspersions on anyone else.”

Yes.

Normally he uses the term “neanderthal”.

Judge Calls Woman A ‘Tinker’ (Irish Times)