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OFF BEAT: Cool Old Bailey judge lets DJ on home monitoring travel to play set


The Old Bailey in London is one of the most historic law courts in the United Kingdom, but one judge recently shrugged off any accusations of being a fuddy-duddy when he granted an alleged insurance fraudster the freedom to travel to Ibiza to play a DJ set — confessing that he had “been behind the wheels of steel” himself.

DJ James Parker is accused, with three other men, of submitting a string of fake invoices to Marsh Ltd. over a three-year period, the Daily Mail reported.

Mr. Parker denies the charges of fraud by false representation.

Judge Nicolas Cooke Q.C. gave permission for Mr. Parker, whose bail conditions require him to remain in his home in West Norwood in southeast London, to fly to Ibiza between July 24 and July 29 to play a gig at the Es Paradis club.

During court proceedings, Mr. Cooke, who became a judge in 1998, said that he was no stranger to DJ-ing.

According to MixMag, the judge joked with the defense barrister about his own musical past.