Further to the September 2011 edition of the Digest, the Court of Appeal has reduced Mr Munir Patel’s sentence.

Mr Patel made history by becoming the first person to be imprisoned under the Bribery Act 2010. The former magistrates’ court administrative officer admitted to taking a £500 bribe to “get rid” of a speeding charge.

The Court of Appeal decided that the sentence imposed on Mr Patel was “excessive”. Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge remarked: “In our judgement, the appropriate sentence for this criminal activity remains a substantial sentence, but the sentence should be reduced from six to four years”.