Barrister caught buying drugs from criminals he was representing
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There have certainly been cases of people who work on the good side of the law and end up going on to do something rather bad.
Examples are quite common, but the latest comes from this high-profile barrister who was caught buying drugs from criminals who he was actually representing - quite incredible, really.
Henry Hendron has been slammed for 'unacceptable, unethical and illegal' behaviour after he admitted to buying the drugs from people he was representing.
Woolwich Crown Court in London heard that officers had arrested a man in 2021 on suspicion of being concerned with the supply of class A, B and C drugs.
During the investigation, the man's phone was forensically examined, which put Hendron in a heap of trouble.
Messages were found on the phone asking the man to supply him with drugs, but that wasn't all.
Following an investigation by the Met’s Specialist Crime South Syndicate, further evidence found that Hendron was also buying drugs from another client he was representing.
Hendron was arrested on 3 May 2022 and subsequently charged.
And appearing at Woolwich Crown Court on 17 March, Hendron pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence and one count of possessing a Class A drug.
Hendron will be remanded in custody, with his sentencing scheduled in the same court for 19 April.
Detective Inspector Lewis Sanderson of the Specialist Crime South said: "At the time of his arrest Hendron was a serving Barrister.
"The behaviour displayed by Hendron, while acting for the Bar, was unacceptable, unethical and illegal.
"Actions like his can tarnish the reputation of all those involved in the criminal justice system and the whole team were determined to bring him to account.
"As a result of the hard work and thorough investigation, Hendron has been now been made to face the consequences of his actions."
Hendron actually has quite a rich history as a barrister, known for representing prominent clients including the Earl of Cardigan."
According to reports, he has also acted for Conservative MP and former culture secretary Nadine Dorries in a civil matter in 2009.