Many thanks to an alert reader for bringing this to our attention: Sabine has finally posted an update about her and Belinda’s recent court date, in respect of excessive court costs they caused in the Melissa Laird case.
According to Sabine’s Change.org site,
Our court case was adjourned for six weeks. We were supposed to pay for the barrister that the Government hired to tell us off from acting as McKenzie Friend on behalf of Melissa Laird. She was deported from HMP Holloway to the US, even though her oral hearing had been scheduled! That dreadful case is on http://www.melissalaird.wordpress.com
Belinda McKenzie says she’s willing to go to prison to set a sign for the inappropriateness of us being financially penalised for doing pro bono work.
If nothing else, this confirms something we’ve suspected for some time: when it comes to being McKenzie friends, Sabine and Belinda don’t know their collective arse from their elbow.
Here are some comments from Sabine, written while the Laird case was under way. Note her firm grasp of procedure, and her flawless knowledge of the law:
As for Belinda being willing to go to prison…well, let’s just say we find that a little hard to believe. After all, she’s made a career of getting other people to do her dirty work for her. She’s hardly likely to throw herself on her sword at this point, much as one might wish it.
Another regular reader was kind enough to point us toward the court order that sums up why Sabine and Belinda are being ‘financially penalised for doing pro bono work’:
Essentially, they created a massive mess, and are being required to pay the court for wasting its time. We’re really not sure why this should surprise anyone but them.
Meanwhile, though, we hope the ladies are fond of prison food.