Corrupt Court Clerk Jailed In Legal First

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Corrupt Court Clerk Jailed In Legal First

Post by sc24 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:28 pm ... 41012.html

Court clerk Munir Patel has made legal history after becoming the first person to be jailed under new bribery legislation.

Southwark Crown Court heard the 22-year-old used his privileged access to the court system to help more than 50 offenders avoid prosecution in return for sums of up to £500

He was handed a three-year prison term for bribery and ordered to serve six years concurrently for misconduct in a public office.

The offences came to light after a tip-off led to an investigation by The Sun newspaper.

Patel, of Dagenham, east London, remained impassive as Judge Alistair McCreath told him: "It hardly needs saying that these were very serious offences.

"They involved a very substantial breach of trust. Your position as a court clerk had at its heart a duty to public confidence in it.

"A justice system in which officials are prepared to take bribes in order to allow offenders to escape the proper consequences of their offending is inherently corrupt and is one which deserves no public respect and which will attract none.

"The public would expect, and rightly expect, the courts to take strong action to protect and defend the integrity of the justice system."

Police believe Patel helped at least 53 individuals evade prosecution for driving offences by tampering with the system so their cases would effectively be dropped.

He also advised on how to avoid being summoned to court while working in an administrative capacity at Redbridge Magistrates' Court in east London, on a salary of £17,978.

For this he was paid a total of at least £20,000.

But the court heard that £53,814 in cash was deposited in his bank account while another £42,383 was transferred into the same account, both without explanation.

Patel, who married just two months ago, mouthed "Don't worry" to friends and family who packed into the public gallery as he was led from the dock
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Re: Corrupt Court Clerk Jailed In Legal First

Post by falkor » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:56 pm

thank god for The Sun newspaper that's all I can say :slwoot:

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