Police prosecutor struck off roll of barristers and solicitors

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has struck Timothy John Russell Sarah off the roll of barristers and solicitors.

The former police prosecutor was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in May following his guilty pleas and convictions on three charges of supplying methamphetamine, one charge of possession of methamphetamine for supply and one charge of dishonestly accessing the Police National Intelligence Application to obtain confidential information.

The offending took place in 2010 and 2011. He is believed to have accessed the system more than 80 times.

In September, the Court of Appeal dismissed his bid seeking a lighter sentence of home detention.

The New Zealand Law Society alleged his convictions, which were punishable by imprisonment, reflected on his fitness to practise and tended to bring the legal profession into disrepute. The law tribunal found the charge against Mr Sarah proven.

“There was really only one outcome in this matter,” Chris Moore, New Zealand Law Society president, says in a statement.

“There is no place in the legal profession for someone who has been found guilty of these crimes,” he says.

Mr Sarah worked as a prosecutor in the Auckland District Court.

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