Drunken behaviour sinks rape-case solicitor

Angus Diggle, the lawyer who was convicted of the attempted rape of a colleague after a Highland ball, has been struck off the Solicitor's Roll.

Diggle was given a three-year prison sentence in January 1995. It was later reduced to two years, of which he served two months. He was also suspended from the profession for a year.

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) said there is no record of his re-application for a practising certificate and last week the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal closed the door by striking him off.

Its members said Diggle's behaviour had 'seriously diminished the reputation of the profession in the eyes of the public'.

Since his conviction Diggle has been involved in another incident, in Bolton in 1995, when he came across two policemen talking to two suspected prostitutes and demanded to know what was going on.

The tribunal heard that Diggle, who smelled strongly of alcohol, ignored repeated warnings to go away and was eventually handcuffed and taken to Bolton police station.

He was fined by Bolton Magistrates Court in April 1996 after being found guilty of disorderly behaviour in a public place while drunk.

At the tribunal, Geoffrey Williams, for the Law Society, said that solicitors were officers of the Supreme Court and had a duty to behave properly in their private as well as their public lives.

As well as striking him off, the tribunal ordered Diggle to pay costs of almost £1,300.