Northampton parents fined £40 each after their seven-year-old daughter misses three weeks of school

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
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The parents of a seven-year-old girl who missed three weeks of school have been fined £80 after they were prosecuted at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

The husband and wife, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were taken to court after they failed to pay a fixed penalty notice sent to them earlier this year.

The court heard the girl, who is a pupil at a Northampton primary school, only attended 74 out of 108 days at school between January 6 and April 8.

Representing themselves, the parents said they had returned to Eastern Europe to attend a funeral and had then been held up due to a need to get their passports renewed.

The father said he had not paid the fine because he did not understand written English very well.

Magistrates imposed a fine of £40 each for both parents as well as £40 costs and £20 victim surcharge, meaning they both have to pay a total of £100.