Celebrity lawyer arrested over the death of his teenage boyfriend
Henry Hendron was questioned after waiter Miguel Jimenez was discovered at a flat in the Temple, London’s legal centre.
Published 08/01/2016 | 08:03
A celebrity lawyer has appeared in court accused of drug dealing after his teenage boyfriend died of an overdose.
Henry Hendron, 35, faces allegations of intending to supply 'meow meow' and GHB in the Temple - the collection of chambers where the country's top lawyers are based.
Hendron, who had a flat at Pump Court in the Temple, has previously represented Nadine Dorries MP, the Earl of Cardigan and The Apprentice winner Stella English against Alan Sugar's firm Viglen.
Police were called to the flat in the early hours of 20 January last year and found the body of his 18-year-old partner, waiter Miguel Jimenez.
Hendron appeared at City of London Magistrates Court on Thursday alongside Alexander Parkin, 40, who is charged with supplying drugs to the lawyer.
Nathan Miebai, prosecuting, said: "The defendant, Mr Hendron, and his partner Mr Jimenez were present at their flat on the evening of January 19 through to January 20, 2015.
"Mr Jimenez was found unresponsive by Mr Hendron on January 20.
"There has been a toxicology analysis which found that Mr Jimenez died of a drug overdose."
A search of the pair's flat found a number of drugs which were later identified as Mephedrone, or meow meow, GHB and GBL.
"On further analysis of Mr Hendron's phone there appears to be text messages between Mr Hendron and Mr Jimenez in relation to the drugs that were found at the property," Mr Miebai said.
"The drugs were supplied to Mr Hendron by the co-defendant Mr Parkin."
Hendron works at Strand Chambers in London and charges clients up to £1,750 a day for representation in civil cases.
As a 17-year-old schoolboy Hendron addressed the 1998 Conservative party conference calling for the re-introduction of corporal punishment.
He was previously labelled by a newspaper as a potential next leader of the Tories after making a citizens arrest on a would-be bank thief.
Both Hendron and Parkin spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.
Neither of them has yet to enter a plea and both have been released on unconditional bail.
Hendron faces two charges of possession with intent to supply drugs, two of drug possession and two charges of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug
Parkin faces charges of supplying a Class B drug and being concerned in supplying a Class C drug.
They will next appear at the Old Bailey on February 4.