find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Kiwi police prosecutor sold drugs at court

Kiwi police prosecutor sold drugs at court

A Kiwi police prosecutor who sold methamphetamine during his lunch break has been struck off the roll in New Zealand.

Timothy John Russell Sarah, an Auckland District Court prosecutor, was arrested when police cracked a drug ring in 2011. He has since been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The 37-year-old was jailed after pleading guilty to charges including supplying methamphetamine and dishonestly accessing the police intelligence computer system to get confidential information.

Sarah told the Weekend Herald in New Zealand that seeing a woman set herself on fire after he successfully opposed bail for her partner had triggered nightmares so intense he didn’t want to sleep ... and that quickly led to dealing drugs.

“I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to give the middle finger to the law,” he said. “There was a set of circumstances where I was vulnerable ... but I can't blame that – I was still able to make decisions.”

Sarah arranged one drug deal from inside the Auckland District Court, and sold methamphetamine during his lunch break.

He also revealed that he began using the drug speed to help him at the gym. Later, he used it to help deal with the stress disorder he developed after watching the woman burning.

He had other difficulties and he felt he couldn’t ask for help.

“I was struggling with stuff, but I thought I've got to keep sucking it up and hope it goes away.”

That led to selling drugs to friends.

“When you cross the moral barrier where you justify something for yourself, it’s a short step to, ‘Is there any problem with me grabbing some for a mate?’ as well.”

Sarah accessed the police intelligence computer more than 80 times and searched for information on people connected to his drug dealer.

On one occasion he warned the drug dealer that one of his friends should not be spoken to because police were watching him. He also sent a warning to another man, advising him to leave Auckland.

Justice Kit Toogood said: “The point is, Mr Sarah, you accessed the computer for whatever information you could find for the benefit of your drug-dealing friends.”

Folklaw has nothing to add to this case, Your Honour.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Kiwi police prosecutor sold drugs at court
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jetski
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Consultation
Oct 23 2017
Lawyers slam rushed consultation for SA repeat offenders bill
The Law Society of South Australia has expressed concern for a proposal to roll out new laws amendin...
IBA
Oct 23 2017
The pursuit of happiness in the law
A panel of legal experts have explored how to define success in the legal profession, and how lawyer...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...