Some readers might recall that in the days following Sabine and Neelu’s trial last month, Sabine complained that “out of revenge the Cultists cut the telephone cables leading to my flat and thus cut me off from the internet”. We admit that we were sceptical, especially when Neelu made the same claim shortly afterward.
Aside from the obvious fact that no ‘cult’ exists, so it’s unlikely that ‘cultists’ would have done such a thing, it seemed to us like exactly the sort of claim Sabine (or Neelu) might make to garner sympathy amongst their supporters.
However, we’ve learned that Sabine had a guest in her flat the night the alleged vandalism occurred. Meirion Bowen, a McKenzie friend who was seen in court supporting the defendants earlier in the day, claims in a “Statement of Witness” that on 15 July he was using Sabine’s internet when a break in communication occurred.
The following morning, Mr Bowen says, he and Sabine went outside and discovered that “a number of cables had been vandalised” by being cut in five places. In addition, Sabine’s neighbour’s cable had been cut in a similar manner.
To us, this suggests that this might have been simply a random act of vandalism. After all, why would Sabine’s neighbour’s internet cables have been cut, if Sabine herself was the target?
In addition, it seems that no official complaint was lodged with the police about this incident. We’d think that if Sabine had any evidence whatsoever that the damage had been intentionally directed at her, she’d have been down at the cop shop within milliseconds.
So far, though, that doesn’t seem to have happened, leading us to suspect that Sabine knew it was a random event, but decided to make hay with her followers, and used Mr Bowen’s ‘statement’ to bolster her story.
Which brings us back to Mr Bowen.
Another strange bedfellow
Meirion Bowen has not figured prominently in the Hampstead hoax, but he is a long-time pal of Belinda and Sabine, and took time out from acting as McKenzie friend for Maurice Kirk to attend at least one day of the trial.
Mr Bowen appears to have had a rather spotty political career. He had been a Plaid Cymru county council candidate, who switched first to stand as an Independent, and then joined the BNP in April 2009.
According to an article in the South Wales Guardian at that time, Mr Bowen gave this explanation for the switch:
“I walked away from Plaid because I was being dictated to by party politics,” he said.
“People feel let down by Plaid and Labour and the BNP is prepared to address certain issues other parties aren’t.
“Labour and Plaid have lost their way while the BNP has more in common with the man in the street.”
However, by 2013 he’d changed his mind yet again. In a very terse letter to the BNP, he asks to be removed from their database:
I have yet again received unwelcome correspondence from you. This includes the Voice of Freedom. It serves the same purpose as the Local Councils propaganda circular as lining for the cat’s litter tray.
When I joined the BNP with good faith and reason, I did not expect to be used and abused for political gain.Ne ither did I expect my employer to discriminate and collude to have me dismissed as a result.
The BNP never gave me the respect and protection I deserved having been only used as a political tool for Welsh coordinators to play games with.
Once again I declare that I am no longer a Councillor, do not wish to be classed as one, and especially on BNP livery. Again, I need to place you on notice that I do not wish any further correspondence from the BNP.
I carry that brief membership period around as a prison sentence. To fall for that entrapment was a foolhardy decision made in a moment of madness believing that West Wales BNP and main leadership was going to address cross party cover ups of growing non accidental injuries to children in care and in particular the Linda Lewis case that would have made the Jimmy Saville saga look like a teddy bears picnic.
He doesn’t disavow the BNP’s far-right agenda, nor its anti-immigrant stance, but only the party’s failure to adequately address an issue of personal interest to him. Does he still hold neo-fascist beliefs? We certainly wouldn’t wish to accuse him, but we have no evidence to the contrary.
We do know that he and Sabine have had a stormy relationship at times, and have even gone through periods of non-communication. However, they seem to have patched it up for now, or at least they had as of the week of Sabine and Neelu’s trial. We’ll be keeping an eye on him, as we’d like to know more about his role within the ‘Association of McKenzie Friends’ and its hangers-on.