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Gay barrister pleads guilty to buying chemsex drugs that caused boyfriend’s death

Gay barrister pleads guilty to buying chemsex drugs that caused boyfriend’s death

Barrister Henry Hendron

A well-known gay barrister in London yesterday admitted buying the party drugs that caused the death of 18-year-old boyfriend.

Henry Hendron, 35, bought around £1,000 of drugs from a BBC producer to hand out to other men at a ‘chemsex’ party he was hosting at his flat in Pump Court, Temple.

Hendron, and the producer, 41-year-old Alexander Parkin, now face potential jail sentences.

Hendron’s boyfriend, Miguel Jimenez, died from a drug overdose. The two had taken the drugs over the course of 19-20 January 2015. Hendron discovered Jimenez dead on 20 January.

Henry Hendron and Miguel Jimenez
Henry Hendron and Miguel Jimenez

Hendron appeared yesterday at London’s Old Bailey. He pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply. Parkin pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of supplying controlled drugs; Methedrone and GBL – both of which were found by police in Hendron’s apartment.

Prosecutor Martyn Bowyer said yesterday of Hendron: ‘It is accepted this defendant bought in bulk for use in what is known as the gay chemsex scene.

‘He would be making them available for friends at cost price.

‘The drugs found at the flat were purchased by him for his own and others’ use, others including his then partner, who tragically died as the result of taking those drugs.

‘Text messages taken from his iPhone are consistent with him purchasing those drugs for around £1,000.’

Hendron has previously represented several high-profile clients. He acted for Conservative MP Nadine Dorries when she was accused of smearing a rival during the 2015 election campaign, and The Apprentice UK star Stella English in a case against Sir Alan Sugar’s firm, Viglen.

He also advertised his services in the British LGBT media. In an article in Out In The City in 2011, he said he wanted to appeal to other gay people, many of whom continued to feel ‘ostracized from mainstream services, including legal services.’

Hendron will be sentenced on 3 May.

 

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