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Judge sentences by phone

11 February 2005

A man unable to appear in court because he was stuck in traffic has become the first person to be sentenced by mobile phone.
Taxi driver Aftab Ahmed, who had pleaded guilty to failing to fully disclose his financial affairs to a receiver after being declared bankrupt, couldn’t make it to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing after getting stuck on the A14 near Stowmarket. He phoned the courthouse to explain his predicament and, after checking the law books to ensure it wasn’t illegal, Judge Caroline Ludlow read out his sentence to him via mobile phone.
Ahmed was sentenced to 140 hours community service and ordered to pay £750 costs.

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