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Jailed judge and his associates begin their appeal cases

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JAILED judge Ian Christmas appeared in court yesterday to appeal against his conviction and 15-month prison sentence for fraud.

The former Magistrate-designate, who was convicted following an eight-week trial last summer for his part in a fraudulent US property scheme, resigned just last week.

Christmas has not sat on the bench since 2008, when his offices were raided by police, but continued to receive his salary for the four years that it took for his case to go to trial, collecting about £500,000 over the period.

His three co-appellants, former financial advisers John Lewis, Russell Foot and James Cameron, are serving 4½ years each in jail for fraudulently inducing investments from elderly and vulnerable Islanders.

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