Jersey

Jailed judge Ian Christmas still paid by Jersey States

Jersey's government is trying to stop a judge continuing to receive his salary after he was jailed for fraud.

Ian Christmas was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Royal Court after he was found guilty of defrauding an investor of £100,000.

The fraud was part of a property investment scheme.

Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said it was unlikely the island could claim back the £500,000 Christmas had been paid since his arrest four years ago.

Christmas said he was appealing against the Royal Court decision.

Mr Christmas has remained in office as a magistrate throughout the case but has not carried out the role since June 2008.

Currently a magistrate can only be dismissed by order of the Queen, and after a disciplinary investigation by a UK judge.

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