Law graduate denies fraud
A LAW graduate has denied ever describing himself as a barrister in court.
Marious Pimm (42), of Crescent Road, Whittlesey, took to the witness stand at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday, where he denied three counts of fraud and one of wilfully pretending to be a barrister .
he court has heard how Andrew Hollioake received help from Pimm for financial problems he was having with his plumbing business dating from 2007 after a bankruptcy petition was presented to the High Court.
Mr Hollioake’s mother, Irene, gave Pimm two cheques, each worth £2,000, which were placed into his account.
Yesterday Pimm told the jury Mrs Hollioake had known he was taking the money, as he told her he was a creditor of her son.
He said: “Mrs Hollioake drew down the money into her own account to pay off creditors.
“It was put into Amber Law, my business’ account.
“If there were other creditors they would have been paid.
“I told Mrs Hollioake that money was owed to me, and she under- stood that.”
Mrs Hollioake claims she thought the money was going to a different account to pay off her son’s debts.
Pimm, who graduated with a law degree from Lincoln University in 2006, also said he had never told his ex-partner he was a solicitor or a barrister.
The court has been told that apart from his law degree, he has never achieved the other qualifications needed to work as a solicitor or a barrister.
Pimm said: “She was there when I graduated. I explained I had been involved in a case in Nottingham, but I never said I was a solicitor.
“We talked in the same way that all partners talk to each other.”
He was asked by Lawrence Bruce, defending, if he had ever described himself as a solicitor. He said: “No, I have not.” He also denied ever acting dishonestly, doing anything he was not qualified or entitled to do, and charging or taking money he was not entitled to do.
The trial continues.
denial: Marious Pimm, who took to the witness stand at Peterborough Crown Court.