We all know that Sabine McNeill has more than a passing acquaintance with the UK courts: magistrates, Crown, and High Courts, criminal and family. You name the court, she’s been there, either as a litigant, a defendant, or a McKenzie friend. But we recently learned that Sabine’s love of all things legal extends even into the Central London County Court, where she’s been a regular since the mid-1990s.
Here’s a judgement against Sabine, dating back nearly 23 years—apparently for non-payment of rent:
Yes, she was living on Goldhurst Terrace even then. Her landlord, Mr John Hunt, was represented by his solicitor, while Sabine apparently defended herself, to no avail. The judge declared that Sabine owed Mr Hunt £2,538.93. But this was only the beginning.
According to this judgement, rendered on 6 October 2013, Mr Hunt (operating under the name of his small house rental business, Winstonworth Limited) was granted permission to enforce the 1994 judgement! In other words, Sabine had somehow managed to avoid paying that original court-ordered payment for nine full years.
Ah, but that is not all. Not by a long shot.
By November 2013, the case had become a bit more complex: Lloyds Bank had joined the fray. And the sum was creeping upward: from the original debt of £2,538.93, it had grown to £3,681.43.
You’d think that this growing debt might persuade Sabine to just pay up and have done with it. You would be wrong.
In typical Sabine fashion, she began launching appeals…
…and in typical Sabine fashion, those appeals kept crashing and burning.
Does this wording sound familiar?
The Application is totally without merit and is dismissed.
Permission to Appeal in respect of the First Appeal is refused and First Appeal is found to be totally without merit.
Permission to Appeal in respect of the Second Appeal is refused.
Upon the Defendant having issued two applications held to be totally without merit, the Defendant be subject to a limited civil restraint order in the terms attached.
That’s a whole lot of “totally without merit”.
By the way, a limited civil restraint order is generally issued when a person just. Will. Not. Stop. Making. Appeals.
This is only a small taste of the court documents that tell the story of a woman utterly determined that she should not have to live by the rules that govern everybody else. Sabine has always had various sources of income, including social benefits from her Council and a stipend from Belinda McKenzie, yet she has managed to avoid paying her landlord the money she owes him, for well over 23 years now. She continues to enjoy tenancy in a very nice flat in a very nice neighbourhood, despite this ongoing dispute.
All of this makes us wonder: Sabine complains of “harassment” which she believes comes from the Hampstead community. She claims that this alleged “harassment” has damaged her relationship with her landlord…but somehow fails to mention that her landlord has carried a debt for her since the mid-1990s, and has seemingly been unable to pry her out of her tenancy. Hardly surprising that the man hoped he might be able to leverage Sabine’s fleeing from the law in 2015 as a golden opportunity to turf his obstreperous tenant.
We wish him better luck next time round.