Law grad­u­ate de­nies fraud

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­stephenb

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.

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