15 Jul 2014

Former police prosecutor struck off

2:46 pm on 15 July 2014

A former police prosecutor has been struck off as a lawyer over drug use.

Brent Thomson's home in west Auckland was raided after he posted online videos of himself using illegal drugs at sex parties.

Police found methamphetamine and a number of syringes, and he was convicted and fined $450.

He has now been struck off from the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Law Society said on Tuesday that the tribunal accepted that the drugs were for Thomson's personal use and that he used them in his own time, but it was concerning that he was a police prosecutor at the time.

The society said there could have been no lesser penalty than striking Thomson off, even though he admitted guilt at the earliest opportunity.

Thomson was arrested after the Police Commissioner and Minister of Police received an anonymous letter pointing to the online videos.

He was sentenced in January this year for using methamphetamine and possessing cannabis over a 10-month period in 2013.