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First convicted employee is jailed for six years under the Bribery Act

Posted on 20th November 2011
Case law

A Magistrates' Court clerk who pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe has been jailed. The judge said it was a "very serious" offence and there is no doubt now that the Bribery Act can have serious consequences for the guilty.

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The court clerk worked at Redbridge Magistrates' Court. He accepted a £500 bribe to "get rid" of a speeding charge. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office and to a bribery offence.
The judge sentenced the clerk to three years for bribery and six years for misconduct in a public office, to be served concurrently. The judge made it clear that the sentence was intended to be a deterrent to stop others behaving in a similar way.
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