Liverpool

Nicholas Marray: Lawyer boasted about escape advice

A lawyer was caught telling a client how to escape arrest in a secret recording, a court heard.

Nicholas Marray, 50, was jailed for two years on Thursday after being convicted of perverting the course of justice by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

Marray, of Rosthwaite Road, Liverpool, was taped telling one client how he advised another client how to flee the country to evade arrest.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency said he paid the price for his "corruption".

Marray was recorded by a bug in his car that had been secreted by the agency.

He was taped telling a client how he had advised another client, who was due to be arrested, to catch a ferry to Ireland and fly abroad.

He was recorded as saying: "I said to him 'Why don't you go to up to Scotland, jump the boat over from Stranraer and fly out from Dublin or something like that?'"

Marray, who was working for Liverpool law firm Quinn Melville at the time, continued: "He came into the office and said to me, 'do you think I am going to get nicked on this?'

'Corrupt officials'

"He had the tag on, he had been on the tag two days. So I looked at the evidence and everything [...] and I spoke to the prosecutor. The prosecutor more or less said 'look, the police are getting production orders to get him produced from prison'.

"The police still thought he was in prison. So I told him 'yeah, it looks like you're going to get locked up on this, Bob,' so he flew down to London. He had cut his tag off, flew down to London yesterday and got on the plane to Thailand."

Steve Baldwin, Regional Head of Investigations at the Serious Organised Crime Agency, said: "Corrupt professionals are subject to the same level of scrutiny and investigation as those organised crime groups they assist.

"Marray thought because he knew the law he was above the law. He overstepped the line and went from giving legal advice to criminal advice. Now he's paid the price."

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