Lawyer had cocaine delivered while at Law Society dinner
08 November 2013
A lawyer who had cocaine brought to his home while he attended a Law Society dinner has been jailed for tipping off his dealer about police investigations.
Basharat Ditta, who worked at Forbes Solicitors in Blackburn, initially acted for drug baron Neil Scarborough in a narcotics trial. However police discovered there might be more to their relationship when they followed Scarborough to Ditta's home, and watched him pack three bags of cocaine in a golfing glove and hide it under Ditta's bin. Phone records revealed that when Ditta returned home from his Law Society dinner he made nine (presumably increasingly self-confident) calls to Scarborough. When Ditta was arrested he denied using cocaine, although the drug was found on his credit cards, his wallet and in his hair.
||Ditta meeting police yesterday
Further probing uncovered that Ditta had been attempting to illegally obtain information about police investigations into Scarborough and his gang to feed back to the criminal group. Ditta was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, and has been jailed for three years.
Superintendent Lee Halstead said Ditta's addiction "left him hopelessly compromised and vulnerable to the motives of leading members of organised crime groups
". Ditta's clients were more sympathetic, and recalled online how asking for 'Bash' after an arrest made duty sergeants "just put their head in their hands and sigh cause they know it’s a big waste of time. You aint getting charged!