A dad who fought a £170,000 legal battle after taking his daughter on a term-time holiday was convicted over the unauthorised trip today.
Jon Platt was hauled to court in 2015 when he refused to pay a £60 fine for going on the family holiday to Disney World.
Magistrates initially angered council chiefs on the Isle of Wight by saying the 46-year-old had no case to answer.
The decision was upheld by the High Court – sending shockwaves through the UK education system.
But in April the Isle of Wight council successfully urged the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.
Figures revealed the local authority had spent £140,000 in legal fees trying to win the case.
Platt was finally convicted today of failing to secure his daughter’s regular attendance in school.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £2,000 costs plus a £20 surcharge.
Magistrate Jeannie Walker told him: “The circumstances of this case fall squarely into that breach of school rules.”
Platt took his daughter, who cannot be named, out of classes for six days so 17 family members could go to Florida.
His application to go away during term time was not approved by teachers and his £60 fine was doubled after he refused to pay.
The businessman’s lawyers unsuccessfully argued the case should be thrown out of court once and for all.
Paul Greatorex QC told Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court the school did not make clear he could be given a fixed-penalty notice.
He also claimed it was “grossly unfair to criminalise” Platt – whose daughter had a “satisfactory” attendance.
But lawyers for Isle of Wight Council said her good record did not give him licence to take her away.
After the hearing Platt, from the Isle of Wight said he was “relieved” the long-running dispute was finally over.
He revealed he spent nearly £30,000 of his own money fighting the case, with additional funds covered by legal aid.
“This has gone on far too long and far too much money has been spent on it by me and the taxpayer.”