A lawyer was arrested at his office after sending a string of abusive messages to a woman who he had met on a dating app.
Victor Kruchinkin, aged 32, was a solicitor in the London office of boutique firm Adams & Remers. He met his victim on the dating app Bumble and went on two dates with her on 26 and 27 December 2018. The following day she told Kruchinkin that she thought they may not have a future together. Kruchinkin's response in a string of toxic messages, reported by Court News UK, made certain that a third date was off the cards.
"I fucked you as punishment for wasting my time, for being fat and for having saggy tits, for having a loose pussy and for being overweight" Kruchinkin told her in one of the many red-flag messages, adding "you genuinely nearly made me throw up". Continuing the diatribe he called her a "gobby ethnic from Zone 8."
Kruchinkin also sent chilling messages to the woman, saying that she was "lucky to be alive" as "I decided to leave my machete at the hotel on this occasion". He told her to "make the most of the life you still have". He continued, "you invited a psycho into your bed, you had no idea", followed by some poor legal advice, "this is the very definition of recklessness."
Should have swiped left
The silver-tongued charmer told the woman that he couldn't be traced as he had created a fake profile online. However, his powers of avoiding detection were as impressive as his romantic dialogue. When she went to the police they soon discovered that Kruchinkin was a practicing solicitor. In January, police arrested Kruchinkin at Adams & Remers' office in Pall Mall. He was hauled before the magistrates court where he was sentenced to six weeks in prison (suspended for 12 months), along with 100 hours unpaid work and 25 days of rehabilitation activity. He was also slapped with a restraining order barring him from contacting the woman.
Kruchinkin appealed. At the trial at Southwark crown court, his one-time date said in a statement that she was unable to leave her house for a few days "for fear" that Kruchinkin was "around the corner". She said "I was extremely worried he would try and take my life" and that she believed "that the crime was motivated by race because he used the N word".
Kruchinkin's lawyer, Tahir Ali, told the court that although his client had made "a veiled threat" his motivation wasn't the woman’s ethnicity. Ali said that Kruchinkin had Asperger's syndrome and spoke his mind "without thinking through the consequences". He also said that his client didn't take kindly to being rebuffed in relationships, which stemmed from suffering from childhood rejection when his parents sent him to boarding school.
Ali said that "the sad reality" was that his client would now be unemployable. He added that Kruchinkin faced proceedings at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal "that will commence once these proceedings conclude". However, a spokesman for the SRA confirmed to RollOnFriday that they were still "investigating and collating all relevant evidence before deciding on appropriate action". RollOnFriday understands that some defence lawyers jump the gun in this regard as part of a mitigation plea in an attempt to reduce the sentence for their client.
Judge Sally Cahill said the court believed that Kruchinkin had shown remorse, had a "positive character" and that it was an "isolated incident". The court revoked the restraining order imposed by the magistrates court and reduced Kruchinkin's sentence to a 12 month community order, 100 hours unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activity.
A spokeswoman for Adams & Remers confirmed to RollOnFriday that Kruchinkin worked in the firm's conveyancing team for 10 months, but was "immediately suspended following his arrest and resigned at the start of disciplinary action". She added "we undertake stringent background checks for all employees and had no cause for concern with this individual. We also have policies in place to ensure our staff are aware of the high standards of conduct expected at all times."