Two men from East Ham were jailed today as part of an investigation into misconduct in public office at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.
The prosecutions mark the culmination of Operation Theemin – a long-running investigation by Redbridge CID into a corrupt court clerk who received bribes to remove defendants’ motoring fines and licence points.
Haroon Hussain, 30, and Naeem Hasan, 25, were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice on Friday, September 25.
Hussain, of Elizabeth Road, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for six months.
Hasan, of Eversleigh Road, was jailed for 10 months and disqualified from driving for six months.
Also sentenced was Mohammed Babar, 34, of Twickenham Road, Greenford, in Ealing, who had pleaded guilty on June 16 to perverting the course of justice.
He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for six months.
Just a few rotten apples? Well, no. More like an entire orchard.
Further enquiries led to 46 people being arrested.
In total 30 were charged with offences including perverting the course of justice, bribery and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
And this is at just one East London court…
Det Supt Stewart Hill, who led Operation Theemin, said: “This has been a long, protracted and complex investigation.
“These final sentences reflect the professionalism and dedication of Redbridge borough detectives who have achieved significant convictions over the course of the investigation.”
They reflect something else, too…