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Published on Monday, June 26, 2017

Jon Platt fined and given 12-month conditional discharge




Jon Platt, the father who fought but lost a long-running legal battle over term-time holidays, has been fined £2,000 for taking his daughter on an unauthorised trip.

Platt, who had refused to pay an initial £120 fine for taking his daughter, then aged six, to Disney World Florida, was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Despite winning earlier legal battles, by arguing that his daughter had a satisfactory attendance record, his fight with the Isle of White Council went all the way to the Supreme Court in April, when he eventually lost.

Giving the judgment on Friday, Isle of Wight magistrate Jeannie Walker said the much-publicised case had cost taxpayers £140,000.

Speaking after the hearing Platt said he was disappointed by the verdict.

"I didn't want to lose but there's a part of me that is actually relieved," he told reporters.

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  • Jon Platt verdict

    Hello Keith. Many thanks for your comment, but we would just like to clarify that this story relates to a court decision that was announced on Friday (June 23rd) and, as we don't send out a newswire over the weekend, this is the first opportunity we've had to report it. Kindest regards. TravelMole Editorial

    By Bev Fearis, Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Old News

    This is old news, I read this same report at least a week ago!

    By Keith Standen, Monday, June 26, 2017

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