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The barrister who bought drugs from criminals he was representing

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A barrister has been slammed for 'unacceptable, unethical and illegal' behaviour after admitting to buying drugs from criminals he was representing.

Woolwich Crown Court heard how officers had arrested a man in 2021 on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A, B and C drugs. The arrested man's phone was forensically examined and messages were found from London barrister Henry Hendron asking the man to supply him with drugs.

Hendron had been representing the man in a criminal case. Following an investigation by the Met's Specialist Crime South Syndicate, further evidence was found from 2020 indicating Hendron was purchasing drugs from yet another client he was representing.

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Hendron was arrested on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 and was subsequently charged, reports MyLondon. Appearing at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, March 17, 42-year-old Hendron, of Old Compton Street, W1, pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence and to one count of possessing a Class A drug.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, April 19. 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."


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