We’ve remarked before that it’s amazing what you can find when you look back over old material with more experienced eyes.
For instance, the issue of who gave the videos to the police has come up before, and at first glance it seemed less than critically important. Later, when we looked at it again, it turned out that in fact, it was very important indeed.
And then, in a conversation yesterday in our Comments section, some very interesting insights emerged.
It started innocently enough. Regular reader Capt. Mainwaring, talking about Abe/Drifloud’s Twitter page, commented:
In amongst the bollocks there appeared to be excerpts of the transcript from the fact finding hearing. The home made videos are mentioned, thinking of the post the other day about these. One excerpt mentioned that the videos were handed in to the police by a friend of a friend of Abe’s, he had given to keep safe. Apparently this friend watched them, recognised one of the parents mentioned as his friend, this friend passed them to the police and possibly contacted a lawyer.
Hey ho, what’s this then?
Abe gave the videos to one of his buddies, who watched them and recognised one of the parents mentioned as his friend, so passed them along, and this ‘friend of a friend’ gave them to the police. That’s peculiar, isn’t it?
Capt. M., lovely fellow that he is, went and dug up Abe/Drifloud’s old tweet, with its snippet from the fact-finding examination. Here we have Mrs Justice Pauffley questioning DI John Cannon:
The print is pretty tiny, so here’s the text version:
Questioned by Mrs Justice Pauffley
Mrs Justice Pauffley: Where you say, on G91, ‘A video of Abraham and the mother helping the children’, etc. ‘has been obtained’, what I infer from what you have told me now is that in fact Ms Draper gave you that video?
DI John Cannon: No, it wasn’t, it wasn’t Ms Draper who gave us the video. What had happened…
Q. Where did it come from?
A. What had happened is, and this was from almost a friend of a friend, Mr Abraham had given this video to a friend of his—
Q. Mr Christie you mean?
A. Sorry. Mr Christie.
Q. Mr Christie.
A. —to a friend of his to look after. This friend had looked at the video and recognised one of the parents when they had said the name of one of the parents that they were talking about, and he called up this chap who then took a copy of this video and contacted us. He also contacted, I’m not sure if it was his lawyer or someone, but then we got the copy of that from him.
Q. Who is this person, do you know?
A. Offhand I can’t recall his name, but I could find out.
Now, keep in mind: this is not ‘the videos’, but ‘a video’, singular. And it contains evidence of ‘Abraham and the mother helping the children’—so from this, we infer that the video in question is the one made at Jean-Clement’s house.
YdychyncachuTracey picks up the trail next:
So, from those bits of information, Ella Draper had videos but the police never asked for them, they may have been on devices that were sent to the property store, or may not, but, here’s the thing, someone saw it who was named by the children, and they WENT TO THE POLICE VOLUNTARILY AND PROVIDED THE VIDEOS THEMSELVES! They must have been pretty sure of their innocence! Like very sure! Or brazen, but I’m guessing that it was the former.
This hardly sounds like the behaviour of a guilty person, does it? You might expect a guilty person to dispose of the video right away quick, but no….this person takes it to the police.
More from YdychyncachuTracey:
So, the first thing someone does when they hear what the children have accused them of, is let the police know, and provide the evidence of the children naming them, it is as good as dropping their trousers for their genitals to be examined in my book. The accused came forward to clear their name. What they have wanted to settle this case all along.
Hear that, Drippy Abe?
The accused came forward to clear their name. This is exactly what the Hoaxtead pushers have been baying for: evidence of completely non-guilty behaviour by one of the alleged ‘cult members’.
And the best, most delicious irony of all? It was Abe who pointed it out to us.