This story has generated a lot of interest, so its only right that I should note that Bruce Hyman was sentenced to 12 months in prison yesterday for perverting the course of justice. As I understand it (from a few hastily snatched snippets from the papers whilst being crushed on the central line!) Mr Hyman pleaded a breakdown in his mental health in mitigation. Whilst this unfortunate personal crisis for Mr Hyman no doubt helped to reduce the length of sentence, nonetheless, in view of the seriousness of the offence – and no doubt the extent to which this type of conduct brings the legal system into disrepute – a custodial sentence followed. It is the first custodial sentence to be passed against a barrister for perverting the course of justice.
An unhappy story for all concerned. I hope everyone concerned can move on and rebuild their lives before long.