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Trailblazing black judge Lincoln Crawford dies at 73

He rose to become one of the first black Recorders in the UK

30 July, 2020

Lincoln Crawford

ONE of the few black judges in the country, Lincoln Crawford, has died at the age of 73.

Mr Crawford came to Britain aged 18 in a cargo boat in 1967 from his village, Moruga in Trinidad, and worked as a security guard during his legal training until he was called to the bar in 1977.

He lived most of his life in Camden.

A successful barrister at 12 King’s Bench Walk chambers, he was a commissioner of the former Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), and rose to become one of the first black Recorders in the UK and had ambitions to become Britain’s first black High Court judge.

He was appointed OBE in 1998. However, his personal and professional standing was shattered by the public fracas over his divorce and subsequent custody battle with Bronwen Jenkins, his second wife.

Mr Crawford had begun to delve into his family roots and was planning a book about his life.

He leaves his two children with Ms Jenkins and sons Douglas, Paul and JJ with first wife Janet.

A virtual funeral ceremony will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Golders Green Crematorium.


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