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Illegal eviction magistrate Stephanie Lippiatt quits

A magistrate who tried to illegally evict her tenant has resigned, the Office for Judicial Complaints said.

Stephanie Lippiatt, of the Kingston-Upon-Thames bench, tried to evict Romanian Maria Percec from her bedsit, throwing the 28-year-old's belongings down the stairs into the front garden.

Lippiatt was later fined £2,000 for the attempted unlawful eviction.

Police said that after her arrest she said: "They are bloody foreigners and they will get away with it."

Removal recommended

Her accomplice in the attempted eviction on 18 June 2009 pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage and received a four-month sentence, suspended for one year, and 120 hours of community service.

Lippiatt, a magistrate for more than 20 years, was also fined £250 for criminal damage and ordered to pay £5,000 in defence costs and £1,900 prosecution costs after being convicted at Croydon Crown Court on 16 March.

"A local advisory committee investigation found that Mrs Lippiatt had brought the magistracy into disrepute," an Office for Judicial Complaints spokeswoman said.

"The investigation recommended that she should be removed as a magistrate."

But Lippiatt, who was a magistrate on the Kingston-upon-Thames bench, in south London, resigned.

"Following her resignation the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have indicated that no further action is required," the spokeswoman said.

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