A police prosecutor who used methamphetamine and posted
photographs of his drug use online has been struck off as a
Brent William Thomson was ordered to be struck off by the The
New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal
after he admitted a charge brought by the Law Society.
The charge was that he had been convicted of offences
punishable by imprisonment and the convictions tended to
reflect on his fitness to practise, or tended to bring his
profession into disrepute, Law Society president Chris Moore
Thomson was convicted of use and possession of
methamphetamine and possession of cannabis. He had pleaded
guilty to the offences and was convicted and fined $450 at a
sentencing in January.
The tribunal accepted that the drugs were for his personal
use and the offending occurred in his personal time, Mr Moore
It said a concerning aspect of the offending was that Thomson
was employed as a police prosecutor at the time, he said.
He had also posted videos of his drug use on a website.
While Thomson had fully cooperated with all investigations
and admitted guilt at the earliest possible opportunity, no
penalty short of striking off would properly reflect the
seriousness or protect the public, in the absence of reliable
material to suggest another rehabilitative course, Mr Moore
"Lawyers must appreciate that they are required to maintain
high standards of behaviour in their personal lives as well
"Anyone who fails in this lets down the whole legal
Thomson was a prosecutor based at Auckland central police
station at the time of the offending.