By way of an update to my blog of last week, Mr Patel was sentenced on 18 November 2011 to three years for the Bribery Act count and six years for the misconduct count, to be served concurrently. He received a discount for his plea of guilty to both counts. The judge, HHJ Alistair McCreath, pointed out that the original indictment related to 53 cases committed over a period of more than one year and summed up the judiciary’s approach:
It is important that those who are tempted to behave in this way understand that there will be serious consequences. Sentences for this sort of offence must act to deter offending of this kind. They must also reflect the determination of the courts to protect the process from corrupt practices and to maintain public confidence in the justice system.