The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, November 07, 2008


An Iranian politician has come to grief over a little matter of his false claim to an Oxford degree. Apparently the 'certificate' carried a spelling mistake, and that reminded me of a case from years ago when a man we convicted of an airline ticket fraud then turned out to have pleaded guilty to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception among a handful of other charges. He claimed to have a degree in engineering, but his fake certificate spelt it 'engingneering'. Apparently he had been doing a perfectly good job for some years, but his employers had to sack him nevertheless.
I don't suppose computer tickets let you do it any more, but our man had altered the 'Y' signifying economy class, to 'F' for first, and had put a number 1 in front of the fare.