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Magistrate Punished in Veil Row
Ian Murray stormed out when vandal Zoobia Hussain, 32, appeared before the bench at Manchester Magistrates' Court in June last year.
Jobless Ms Hussain, who lives on benefits and was subsequently found guilty of criminal damage, made a formal complaint and an investigation was launched by local magistrates and passed to the Office of Judicial Complaints. Mr Murray has not worked as a magistrate since.
The decision to reprimand him today was rubber-stamped by the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips.
The mother-of-five was wearing a niqab, a veil covering her entire face apart from her eyes, when she appeared at the court accused of wrecking her council house with graffiti after being evicted for not paying rent. The jobless mother-of-five was wearing a niqab, a veil covering her entire face.
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