Disgraced Norfolk solicitor jailed

A disgraced Norfolk solicitor convicted of a string of sex offences has been jailed for 11 years.Michael Hynes appeared for sentencing before Norwich Crown Court today after earlier being found guilty of rape, sexual activity with a child and assault.

A disgraced Norfolk solicitor convicted of a string of sex offences has been jailed for 11 years.

Michael Hynes appeared for sentencing before Norwich Crown Court today after earlier being found guilty of rape, sexual activity with a child and assault.

The 46-year-old of Upper Street, Salhouse, offered no mitigation. His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not in court to witness the sentencing.

Judge Paul Downes said: “You have no previous convictiction and something of a sparkling educational career.


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“But this was a catalogue of offences over a long period of time towards somebody whom you owed a trust.”

The court heard how the crimes only came to light when the girl was admitted to the Priory suffering from depression.

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Hynes worked in commercial property law for internationally renowned London-based firm Simmons and Simmons before moving to Norfolk with Mills and Reeve and most recently with Howes Percival.

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