Oldham Council is believed to be one of the first local authorities in the country to be involved in a successful prosecution under new bribery legislation.

A jury at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester convicted Mawia Mushtaq of the offence after a trial lasting less than two days.

The court was told that on October 5 last year – just months after the law came into force – Mushtaq of St Thomas Street North, Oldham had been on a driving test with a Licensing Officer in a bid to secure a private hire licence

When the 26-year-old was told he had failed the test Mushtaq repeatedly asked the officer to pass him and offered him £200 or £300 to change the result to a pass.

The Officer refused and reported the matter to his manager who passed the information to Greater Manchester Police.

An investigation was launched and Mushtaq was charged under the Bribery Act 2010.

On Tuesday, December 4, following a unanimous verdict, His Honour Judge Foster QC sentenced Mushtaq to two months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

A two month curfew order between 6pm and 6am was also imposed.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Devolved Services, said: “First of all I’d like to congratulate the officer involved for their honesty and integrity in reporting this illegal approach.

“This conviction should send out a clear message that Oldham Council will not tolerate attempts to bribe officers into issuing licences under any circumstances.

“We would like to remind anyone who would consider using these tactics that we will take action against you.”

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force in July last year.