Exclusive: Lawyer dumped girlfriend by pretending to be dead
06 May 2016
A solicitor who dumped his girlfriend by pretending he had died, has been reported to the SRA and the police by her mother.
The Coventry-based lawyer, who is the in-house legal counsel for a major utility company, dated the woman in 2013. But one night she received a text from his mobile phone purporting to be written by another member of his family. It conveyed the shocking news that after a very short illness he had died suddenly.
||How it might have looked, a RollOnFriday reconstruction
In subsequent text conversations the 'family member' reluctantly provided details of the funeral, explaining that it was taking place a considerable distance away at Swindon crematorium. Unperturbed, the grieving woman made the journey to the service, only to discover that staff had no idea what she was talking about. The lawyer, who RollOnFriday is not naming because we've all done it, haven't we, was exposed when the woman's suspicious mother contacted his employer. She found that he was not in fact dead at all, but working at his desk.
She subsequently reported him to the police, and to the SRA for "bringing his trusted profession into disrepute
". But apparently it's not in the remit of either body to penalise someone for being a spineless coward. A spokesman for the SRA said, "there has been no such formal action taken against the solicitor RollOnFriday has mentioned
". He explained, “when assessing complaints about solicitors, we look at the evidence available to us, and the risk any such alleged misconduct poses to interests of clients if repeated
||How it will look when her mum gets hold of him
According to RollOnFriday's source, the man "continues to pitch his dating profile
" but has "a tendency to stand up many dates
". So it could be that literally dozens more women now believe the same man has died of flu/hungry bears/runaway threshers.
His company declined to comment.