Earlier this week we noted that Sabine was in court with her solicitor, and was able to have her bail conditions varied: specifically, she is now permitted to post online (though she’s still bound by the restraining order that HH Judge Worsley imposed following her trial with Neelu last month); and she may, if she wishes, travel abroad.
Long-time Sabine watchers will be aware that Sabine has form for travelling abroad at high velocity when she suspects that her actions might lead to incarceration, a fine, or both. Specifically, in February 2015 she bolted because she had violated Mrs Justice Pauffley’s court order which stated that both Sabine and Ella must:
Delete from any public computer network, internet website and/or social networking website their articles relating to the subject matter of these proceedings;
Delete from publicly available electronic sources their postings of all photographs, pictures, images, recordings (voice or video) identifying [RD and his two children].
[They were also prohibited by injunction] from publishing or broadcasting….any information relating to these proceedings; any information which either identifies or could lead to the identification of the children as being subject to proceedings and in particular the names, any picture or image, voice and/or video recordings of the children….[and] from harassing the father, RD, and from subjecting him to unlawful and unwarranted psychological intimidation by posting articles and information upon any internet or social networking website accusing him of unlawful activity.
Sabine was fully aware that she had absolutely no intention of complying with that court order, and rather than face the consequences of breaking the law, she chose to flee to her nephew’s flat in Germany. While there, she violated the court order freely and knowingly.
And yet, Sabine professed to be hugely surprised—and outraged!—when, as a result of her nipping off to another country to evade UK law, the DWP realised that she was no longer a UK resident, and stopped her pension credit. She was even more distressed when she finally returned in August 2015, and discovered that DWP was demanding a new application rather than reinstating her existing claim.
In characteristic Sabine style, she drew up this “Witness Statement: Long Standing Pension Credit Withheld by Revoking Residency Status”, which fairly froths with indignation, self-justification, and self-pity:
Our understanding is that this battle is still under way.
Only now, Sabine is facing a new, arguably more potent form of court order: her restraining order was issued as part of criminal proceedings, and will carry very stiff penalties if she has been found to have violated it.
Now that Sabine is once again able to leave the country at will, we can’t help but wonder whether she’ll do another bunk; and if she does, we wonder whether her pension credit and pleasant flat (complete with silk pillows) will still be waiting for her when she returns.