Sabine McNeill and Neelu Berry attended Blackfriars Crown Court this afternoon to attempt to have their case on charges of witness intimidation dismissed. We can now confirm that the application to dismiss was refused.
The matter is to go to trial on 11th July at Blackfriars, with a time estimate of 5 days. Both cases are now joined into a single trial.
Further, we understand that the judge did not reserve the matter to herself, which means that any judge may hear the 11 July case. If a case is unusually complex, a judge may reserve it to themselves, in order to save other judges from having to read in on a great deal of material to get up to speed.
Neither defendant has made any statements on this matter so far.
Please note that in order to avoid any appearance of attempting to influence this important case, this blog will not be making any commentary on the details of the matter. We will continue to report facts as they arise—such as court details and so forth—but we won’t be speculating on any aspect of the matter, nor making any claims about the defendants’ guilt or innocence.
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