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20 November 2011

Crooked court clerk who took £500 bungs to wipe motoring offences from justice computers makes history as first person to be jailed under Bribery Act

_41894966_flagcredit203.jpgMunir Patel sentenced to three years for bribery and six years for misconduct in a public office

A crooked court clerk who helped at least 53 offenders escape justice yesterday became the first person to be jailed under new bribery laws.

Munir Patel, 22, received a three-year prison term for taking bribes.

He was also given six years for misconduct in a public office. The sentences will run concurrently.

He used his privileged access to official databases in the back rooms of a magistrates’ court to wipe the convictions of motorists from the records – in return for £500 a time from the accused.

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

Patel was filmed by a hidden camera boasting that he took bribes ‘all day long’.

For his known corruption Patel was paid at least £20,000, but the total profits of his corruption may have been around £96,000. Police believe he helped at least 53 people accused of driving offences.

At Southwark Cown Court, Patel, of Dagenham, Essex, admitted bribery and misconduct in a public office between February 2009 and August this year

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