Born in London in 1947 and educated at the University of Kent and the Inns of Court School of Law. Called to the Bar in 1979 and appeared in over 1000 cases both in England and New Zealand. This former well known and controversial Barrister John Burrett and his nephew were arrested in a blaze of media frenzy in July 2002 and falsely charged with attempting to Kidnap one of Wellington’s leading businessmen. According to the New Zealand police John was about to demand millions for the release of Mr X. but the jury never believed that part of the story. Their trial in the High Court in Wellington which lasted for seven weeks was by international standards a travesty of justice. As a result John spent nearly 5 years in Rimutaka prison for a crime he did not commit. Now free he tells the full story of what really happened.