Ex-BBC radio producer sold crystal meth at sex parties to his business clients

A former BBC radio producer befriended clients from his interior design business and sold drugs to them at sex parties, a court heard.

Alexander Parkin, who worked on the BBC Radio 3 show Late Junction, won nine Sony awards for his work.

The 45-year-old was first convicted of drug dealing back in 2016.

At the time he admitted selling GBL to celebrity barrister Henry Hendron after the death of Hendron's boyfriend Miguel Jimenez, 18.

Hendron was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply.

Parkin also faced a trial in 2017 over claims he had been selling crystal meth, ecstasy and 'liquid ecstasy' GBL from his Marylebone flat, but was cleared.

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But he has now admitted possession of crystal meth with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug after 123g was found in his flat on September 29 last year.

The Oxford graduate now has an interior design business, and befriends clients before inviting them to his parties and selling chemsex drugs at "cost prices", Kingston Crown Court heard.

He was selling crystal meth for around £25 a gram and not making a profit, it was said.

Experts who analysed Parkin's phone messages said he used drug slang including "Fanta" for MDMA, "water" for GBL, and "tea" for crystal meth.

Jonathan Hardy, defending, said: "One of his character traits is warmth, love and generosity towards others. That may seem alien in the drug world."

Judge Jonathan Davies replied: "This is exceptional, doing it out of generosity."

Police arrived at his south London flat after finding evidence on another suspect's phone that he had been drug dealing, and a specialist search team discovered 123g of methamphetamine hidden "within home-made concealments," the court heard.

Prosecutor David Povall said Mr Parkin is a "drug user, an addict" and there was "some" financial motive but there were no accounts to estimate a profit.

Parkin's lawyer said the drugs were not sold for profit but "pleasure" at sex parties because his client is a "party man".

He added: "I do present this defendant as someone who is exceptional in his generosity of spirit. In his abandonment of profit and winning friends and bringing them into his home for their special benefit.

"His benevolence and his accepted skill in managing to source drugs wholesale and hold those sex parties for the pleasure of his friends means the pleasure is the profit. If the pleasure is the profit your honour may now distinguish this from those who want gold watches and fancy cars."

Judge Davies adjourned sentencing until March 1.

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