A BIRKBY man has admitted trying to pass himself off as a London-based barrister during proceedings at Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Leeds University student Adam Zoubir, 32, of Arnold Street, had been due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court yesterday in what a judge described as ‘a highly unusual case’, but before a jury was sworn in he pleaded guilty to the charge against him.
Zoubir admitted attempting to do an act in purported exercise of a right of audience under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.
The charge alleged that on February 17 this year at Calderdale Magistrates Court Zoubir attempted to exercise a right to perform any of the functions of appearing before and addressing a court, including the calling and examining of witnesses.
At an earlier court hearing it was revealed how smartly-dressed Zoubir introduced himself to staff at the magistrates court as a barrister with chambers in London.
He talked to solicitors and waited for a defendant, whom he said he was representing, to be brought up into court from the cells.
But as the morning wore on, Sandra Kerr, a legal adviser at the court, became suspicious of the well-spoken man.
Inquiries showed he was not a lawyer after all and he was arrested.
Zoubir’s supposed ‘client’ had been charged with driving with no insurance.
Yesterday barrister Andrew Haslam, for Zoubir, asked for his sentence hearing to be adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be up-dated and he could obtain medical evidence relating to his client’s heart condition.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC agreed to adjourn the hearing until December 21 and he told Zoubir that he wanted to know what had driven him to pretend to be a lawyer.