Former BBC radio producer faces jail for trafficking crystal meth
A former BBC award-winning radio producer who has become a ‘go-to man’ on the chemsex drug scene faces jail time for trafficking crystal meth.
Alexander Parkin, 45, who was praised for his work on BBC Radio 3’s popular Late Junction show and won a series of Sony awards, admitted to providing the drug in a hearing last week after being arrested in possession on September 29.
He appeared in Kingston Crown Court via video link from the jail, where he has been held since his arrest, and was told he now faces jail time.
His attorney, Jonathan Hardy, said that while Parkin was admitting to possession with the intention of providing Class A drugs and was concerned with providing Class A drugs, he intended to dispute the magnitude of the charge. brought against him.
The court heard that Parkin was HIV positive, was losing his hearing and sight, had a central nervous system infection and needed daily injections into his spine. After his last court hearing, he was denied access to a shower for ten days due to the current prison lockdown conditions during the pandemic.
The Oxford graduate was sued in 2016 over the death of 18-year-old Miguel Jimenez, the boyfriend of famous lawyer Henry Hendron.
Parkin was tried in 2017 for selling crystal meth, ecstasy and GBL liquid ecstasy from his apartment in Marylebone, when the radio producer admitted to police that he was a drug addict, but denied having acted as a dealer.
During his trial in 2016, Parkin’s lawyer Dominic Bell said the former BBC man was “a man of confidence capable of sourcing and supplying GBL”.
In this case, Parkin presented the judge with credentials from Alan Davey, the controller of BBC Radio 3, presenter Max Reinhardt with whom he worked with Late Junction, and an official at the British Embassy in Dubai.
While Parkin had supplied Hendron with around £ 1,000 worth of drugs, there was no suggestion of involvement in Mr Jimenez’s death, and he was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
Commenting on the ongoing case, Mr Hardy conceded that the court would “consider jail time” for Parkin, but said he intended to argue that all jail time was suspended due to the Parkin’s personal situation.
Judge Timothy Lamb QC has placed Parkin of Kennington in custody until a hearing to decide the contentious issues in the case on a date to be fixed. Parkin, who had previously been denied bail, will then be sentenced.