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Entertainer jailed for impersonating barrister

A 57 year old man from Penarth has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for impersonating a qualified barrister at crown court after he dressed in a wig and robe to represent a friend he met in prison.

David Evans, strolled into Plymouth Crown Court dressed in court attire, gained access to the advocates' dressing room and visited his "client" in the cells. The judge in the case became suspicious because of discrepancies in Evans' clothing and a series of "hopelessly wrong" legal submissions.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court also heard how Evans who works as an entertainer had a previous conviction for a similar offence. Evans was found unanimously guilty of carrying out a reserved legal activity when not entitled and wilfully pretending to be a person with a right of audience.

You were convicted of two offences which reflected your sustained, deliberate and dishonest actions over the course of several months. You carried on the conduct of litigation on behalf of Terry Moss, appearing as an advocate on his behalf at the crown court when you were not qualified or authorised to do so.

What you did was very serious and furthermore these offences are seriously aggravated by your previous conviction in 2005 when you falsely claimed to be a clinical psychiatrist."

– Mrs Justice Laura Cox DBE