First Bribery Act conviction
Posted: 26th October 2011
The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011 making it an offence for a person to request, agree to receive or accept a financial or other advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function or activity should be performed improperly.
In what is the first conviction under the Act, Munir Yakub Patel, a former magistrates’ court clerk, has pleaded guilty to bribery and misconduct in public office.
Mr Patel admitted taking a £500 bribe from a member of the public to prevent details of a speeding charge from appearing on the Court database. He also pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office regarding similar offences.
Patel will be sentenced on 11 November.