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Romford judge given the sack for watching porn on court computer

PUBLISHED: 12:04 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:04 17 March 2015

Romford County Court judge, District Judge Timothy Bowles, is among three judges to get the sack for allegedly watching porn on court computers (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Romford County Court judge, District Judge Timothy Bowles, is among three judges to get the sack for allegedly watching porn on court computers (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

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Three judges have been sacked for watching porn on their official computers in their offices, said the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO).

An investigation conducted by the JCIO has resulted in District Judge Timothy Bowles, of Romford County Court in Oaklands Avenue, being removed from office.

Immigration Judge Warren Grant and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock were also fired and none of them were found to be linked to one another.

A statement said the Lord Chancellor, Lord Thomas of Cwygiedd, and the Lord Chief Justice, Chris Grayling, were “satisfied that the material did not include images of children or any other illegal content”.

However the conduct was deemed to be an “inexcusable misuse of their judicial IT accounts and wholly unacceptable conduct for a judicial office holder”.

A fourth judge, Recorder Andrew Maw, was also found to have viewed similar inappropriate material via his account but resigned before the conclusion of the disciplinary process.

A spokesman for the JCIO said: “The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice would likewise have removed Recorder Maw had he not resigned before the conclusion of the disciplinary process.”


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