An ex-BBC radio producer has been jailed for 21 months.
Former BBC producer and drug supplier jailed for 21 months: He was found guilty of supplying friends with drugs for VIP sex parties. Alexander Parkin, 45, supplied drugs for the gay chemical sex scene. His customers were people he met while running an interior design business. After being educated at Oxford, Parking had a glittering career in radio until the start of his downward spiral in 2016.
He was found guilty of supplying drugs after the death of Miguel Jimenez, the young boyfriend of barrister Henry Hendron. Parkin was sentenced to 21 months in prison for supplying class A drugs at Kingston Crown Court on Monday. His arrest came after police raided his flat in south London last September. Prosecutor David Povall said “The defendant was supplying a suite of drugs that are commonly used in the gay community for chemsex parties.
The police went to his address, having found messages on another person’s telephone who had been arrested in an investigation into illegal drug supply. It was clear to the officers who attended as soon as they went into the flat that the flat was in use for drug use and possibly also drug supply.”
He said police recovered a drug haul with a value of £18,000 from Parkin’s flat. Mitigating, Andrew Fitch-Holland said Parkin “is a man whose life has been blighted by his own addiction”.
He went on to say “These drugs were supplied within the context of hosting and attending chemsex parties, to a small group of people who were also participating with these activities.
That small group of people are of a similar background to Mr Parkin.” Telling the court how the group would “buy in bulk” he said. “Given the volume of drugs consumed by Mr Parkin himself and those attending his parties, and presumably other parties, and the relative affluence of these individuals, they were able to buy in significant quantities.”
Judge Davies said when passing sentence “Your supply was partly for a financial motive. There was a substantial turnover of drugs. Substantial payments to you, and a financial motive on your part to supply these drugs. There was more to it than being a rather generous party host.” Rejecting a plea for Parkin to be spared jail and put on a drugs treatment course he said. “It seems as though a good deal of rehabilitation is already taking place. And it is too serious to allow him his liberty just yet.” Parkin has been in custody since his arrest last September.
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