Munir Patel a former magistrates’ court clerk has become the first person to be prosecuted and convicted under the Bribery Act 2010… He admitted accepting a £500 bribe in return for failing to put details of a speeding charge on the court database and on the 14th October he entered a guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court to a charge under section 2 of the Act. He also pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office for other similar offences and seven other fraud charges were ordered to lie on file. Sentencing will take place on the 11 November and it seems likely Mr Patel with face a prison term – the maximum sentence is 10 years.