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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ruined (updated)

This solicitor has, like a good few others, wrecked his life in a dishonest attempt to wriggle out of a drink-drive accident. Now he has lost his career and his reputation, and faces jail time.

More than once I have seen someone deny that he was the driver in an accident ('my mate was driving and he legged it') to be confronted with the fact that the airbag has his DNA on it. Being smacked hard in the face with the bag produces ample traces of saliva snot and assorted tissue.

Updated (thanks to Roll on Friday.com)

On 21 February 2012, the Court of Appeal quashed Bridgeman's sentence. The former lawyer will be relased after serving just one month, to allow him to return home and care for his seriously ill wife. His 12 month sentence has been suspended for two years.