Judge spots fake barrister in drug case
An ex con who pretended to be a barrister in an attempt to get his friend off dope charges is on trial for falsely donning the wig and gown.
RollOnFriday reports that the man, who appeared in court on behalf of a friend busted for farming the demon weed, appeared before Bristol Crown Court this week to answer to charges of “wilfully pretending to be a barrister”.
In 2010, David Evans appeared before Plymouth Crown Court saying he was a “senior advocate” acting for his mate Terry Moss, whom he had met a few years earlier in prison.
Without a day’s legal training to his name, Evans visited his “client” in the cells and hung out with the other advocates in the oh-so-sacred dressing room.
However, once in the courtroom, his cunning plan was foiled. Not to be fooled, the eagle-eyed judge noticed that Evans was wearing a barrister’s wig and a solicitor’s gown (audible gasps!).
The crafty judge then proceeded to ask Evans some basic legal questions, which he was unable to answer (but hey, come on, no-one really knows the difference between obiter and ratio).
Convinced he’d smelled a rat, the judge then asked Evans whether he was really a barrister or solicitor, to which Evans responded by shouting “no” and hot-footing it from the court; his solicitor’s gown flowing behind him in a dramatic exit.
Evans was promptly reported to the Law Society and the police and appeared before Bristol Crown Court this week facing various charges under the Legal Services Act 2007, including “carrying out reserved activities when not entitled to”.
In true defence barrister style, Evans has denied everything and the trial continues.
Meanwhile, Moss copped the pointy end of the stick and was jailed for almost five years after he confessed to propagating cannabis in sleepy ol’ Cornwall, with a crop valued at £68,000 ($101,000).