Top London barrister avoids jail after teen boyfriend’s chemsex drug death
A top London barrister has avoided jail – after his boyfriend died of an overdose on chemsex drugs.
18-year-old Miguel Jimenez died of an overdose in January last year at a party in Temple.
His boyfriend, 34-year-old civil barrister Henry Hendron, had been facing a number of charges in relation to the death, but pleaded guilty last month to two counts relating to possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.
Hendron has represented a number of prominent clients, including UKIP’s Suzanne Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries and Apprentice winner Stella English.
BBC producer Alexander Parkin, 41, admitted two counts of supplying controlled drugs over the same incident.
The pair were both spared prison as they were sentenced today, with Hendron sentenced to 140 hours of community service with an 18 month supervision order. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.
Parkin’s sentence was 200 hours of community service, and £500 costs.
When police searched Hendron’s flat, they had found 82 grams of Class B drug Mephedrone and 482ml of GBL- the designer party drugs found in Mr Jimenez’ system.
According to the Standard, Judge Richard Marks QC said: “It’s often said in the courts and elsewhere how very dangerous unlawful drugs can be but you, Hendron, and to a lesser extent you, Parkin, more than most have experienced this at close quarters with the tragic and untimely death of your partner of some months, Miguel Jimenez.
“But it’s important to emphasise I’m not sentencing either of you for any criminal offence in connection with that death.
“Had it been the case, I was sentencing either of you for such an offence, your sentence would have been measured in years not months.”
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