In an example of life imitating art — or, in this case, television — a defendant named Bart Simpson appeared in court before a judge called Mr. Burns, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
The real-life trial, which sounds like a scene out of Fox’s long-running animated hit “The Simpsons,” took place Monday at Warwick Crown Court in the U.K., where company director Bart Simpson, 56, appeared before Mr. Recorder Burns, the story says.
Simpson was facing charges for taking a World War II gun into an airport, but was spared jail after admitting he carried the .38 Smith and Wesson revolver in his luggage.
Burns sentenced Simpson to a 12-month community order, serving 140 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £800, or about $1,210.
According to the article, Simpson meant to take the gun out of his bag and leave it in his locked car, but was distracted over the deaths of a friend and of his son, a soldier, the story says.
A court worker told the publication, "It’s a bizarre coincidence that Bart Simpson is actually on trial in front of Mr. Burns but it’ll proceed as any other criminal case would.
“There were some eyebrows raised when the court list was published.”