By Lucy Caulkett-
An alcoholic male solicitor has been banned from the legal profession and fined £1,000 after he sexually assaulted female paramedics in June 2018 in his home has agreed to be struck off the roll.
David Marriott was convicted at Leeds Crown Court last October of two counts of sexual assault where he was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and placed on the barring list for 10 years.
Unruly Marriott had been drunk in the middle of Leeds after drinking two bottles of wine on his way to sign on for job seekers allowance. His legal career was not doing well in terms of cash. Paramedics attended to the shamed former solicitor and drove him to his home in Cavendish Mews, Leeds. Once at his property, the paramedics helped the drunk 53 year old up the top flat where he lived, only for him to shut the door behind them and grab one paramedic’s bottom and the second woman’s breast and went into the living room to help Marriott.
Mrs Batty said Marriott grabbed the woman by the arm and groped her over her clothing. The woman pulled away from him and went to her colleague in the kitchen as Marriott said: “I am a dangerous man. I don’t care any more.
Mrs Batty said Marriott grabbed the woman by the arm and groped her over her clothing.
The woman pulled away from him and went to her colleague in the kitchen as Marriott said: “I am a dangerous man. I don’t care any more”.
The immoral act is shocking for one who was in the legal profession. Judge Mairs, presiding over the case, described Marriott’s conduct as ‘gratuitous, needless, offensive and disgusting’, and aggravated by the paramedics’ vulnerability.
The judge considered the steps Marriott was taking through rehabilitation and his claims to have given up alcohol since July 2018. No independent verification of this claim was made, except to take the word of criminal with very limited moral boundaries. Marriot adds to the long list of disgraced legal practitioners who have lost their jobs due to misconduct.