As evidence about the Hampstead hoax has emerged since its inception in 2014, certain theories have been validated, while others have been debunked. This post falls at least in part into the latter category.
While there is no doubt that events occurred as described here, it now appears extremely unlikely that Sabine McNeill and Belinda McKenzie planned the hoax. Rather, Sabine met Ella Draper as she claimed, and realised that this case would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to ‘prove’ to the world that her crackpot theories about the ‘child-snatching’ state were true.
However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the hoax was the brainchild of Abraham Christie. You can read more about that on this page, which offers our most up-to-date timeline of the Hampstead SRA hoax.
—Updated 2 August 2020
Okay, all you Hoaxtead Research trivia fans, here’s a question to test how well you’ve been paying attention: What is the significance of 14 November 2014?
If you guessed “that’s the day Sabine created a Dropbox file into which she posted Ella Draper’s original ‘witness statement’ naming the children, parents, teachers, social workers, police officers, clergy, and businesses in Hampstead that she and Abe wished to target”, you win the prize!**
As we wrote in the Hampstead Hoax FAQ, Ella didn’t actually fire her legal team until December 2014, which makes Sabine’s Dropbox post look premature. Why would Sabine bother doing all this prep work, unless she knew she was about to take over the case?
In fact, if you look at Sabine’s own “timeline”, as posted on Ken Adachi’s website, Educate Yourself, Sabine originally identified 14 November as the date on which she was
(c)ontacted by Russian mother of two, then 8 and 9-year-old children, taken into care [custody] by Barnet Police on September 11, 2014 allowing contact with father whom they accused of being the leader of a ‘strange culture’ at a church and school in Hampstead, London;
So somehow, on the very same day she was first contacted by Ella, Sabine had her detailed “witness statement” ready to post to her Dropbox. Prescient, no?
But wait, there’s more!
It turns out that 14 November 2014 is also the date upon which Charlotte Ward self-published her Illuminati Party e-book, officially beginning her new online life as “Jacqui Farmer”:
What an astonishing coincidence!
We’ve recently found information which suggests that 14 November 2014 was significant in another, possibly more important way.
In an email dated 11 September 2017, and published on the Freelists “Patriots” listserve, Yolande Lindridge writes,
Sabine has only ever invited me to two meetings in London; one meeting was in the offices of Caroline Newman, solicitor where I met Meirion Bowen for the first time and never again since, and where I met Mary Rooney. That day was “14 November 2014”. In that meeting Sabine excitedly broke the news of Ella Draper’s case, that was the first that I knew about it.
Yolande goes on to claim that this meeting was a “set-up” intended to undermine her, which we find a little far-fetched. However, we have no reason to doubt her recollection that the meeting took place.
In fact, she mentioned it last week on a YouTube comments thread, offering a bit more detail about the nature of the meeting:
The Hampstead case was Sabine McNeil’s first attempt at being a McKenzie Friend on behalf of the Association of McKenzie Friends; because she had no legal experience and no legal expertise she sent around group emails for others to give her the legal advice that she lacked eg on 29.1.2015 Sabine received legal advice from Christina Ignatiou, a Greek solicitor in London, and friend of Yannis Emmanouel. I was included in that group email, as was high-powered London solicitor Caroline Newman who I went to meet on 14.11.2014. Sabine was working with Caroline Newman to train parents in children’s cases to be their own McKenzie Friend/Litigant in Person.
Also included in that group email was Meirion Bowen & Mary Rooney who attended the meeting in Caroline Newman’s office on 14.11.2014. It was at that meeting on 14.11.2014 that Sabine excitedly broke the news that she had met up with Ella Draper and that she had taken on Ella’s case.
Also included in that group email was Belinda McKenzie and Ian Josephs of HLI who has a Masters in Law from Oxford University. I was far too busy with all the other children’s cases that I was doing to want to spend time teaching Sabine the basics of law, besides I never bought into the case, I only ever watched part of one video by the children.
Both Terry Ewing & I backed off as quickly as we could from this case, we did not want to be included in group emails and in case Sabine, Belinda, Mary & Ella Draper were being legal advised and trained by Caroline Newman, Christina Ignatiou, Ian Josephs & Meirion Bowen. At the same time that Terry and I walked away so did the 2 Patrons of the Association of McKenzie Friends ie John Hemming MP and Austin Mitchell MP. I have had any part in the Association of McKenzie Friends, they “sub-contracted” their referrals to me for 8 years before I refused to take any more referrals in April 2016 due to this disgusting behaviour of Belinda McKenzie.
Further investigation reveals that solicitor Caroline Newman runs a firm called Win Without a Lawyer, which offers training for McKenzie friends.
Given Sabine and Belinda’s claims to have been McKenzie friends since 2011, we were surprised to learn that the Hampstead SRA hoax was their first case in that capacity, but Yolande explained further:
Neither of them had any legal skills or any legal experience at all, so the name “Association of McKenzie Friends” was a bit misleading; their patrons were John Hemming MP and Austin Mitchell MP. Their interests were MPs and MEPs, whereas my interest was helping parents who no longer trusted solicitors.
Sabine subcontracted all the family case referrals to me until November 2014. I now believe that I was set up when I was invited by Sabine to a meeting on 14.11.2014 in the London offices of solicitor, Caroline Newman during which Sabine excitedly announced that she had taken for herself Ella Draper’s case as Ella had approached her.
But Sabine had no experience to draw on at that time and so she started sending group emails asking for advice for the case that she was fronting as the McKenzie Friend. Sabine’s group emails went to Christina Ignatiou (a London Solicitor), Caroline Newman (a London solicitor), Ian Joseph ex-KCC Tory Councillor, barrister and owner of HLI & Forced Adoption based in Monaco, to Meirion Bowen in Wales, to Belinda McKenzie, to Ella Draper, to Terence Ewing and to myself.
I had no time nor interest to teach Sabine how to be a McKenzie Friend and there was no need as Caroline Newman does that for a living, she also trains solicitors and judges. Terence Ewing and I backed out of that email group fairly quickly and left them to get on with it – Terence and I exchanged emails expressing that we wanted to put as much distance between ourselves and the Draper case as possible. In January 2015 the Association of McKenzie Friends and their cronies started wrecking cases that had come to them that they had decided to get involved in themselves eg Neelu Berry.
From all of this, it appears that Belinda and Sabine, having farmed out their cases to more experienced McKenzie friends for several years, decided to take on Ella Draper’s case themselves, backed by a team which initially consisted of Ian Josephs (hailed by Sabine as the “veteran of all McKenzie friends”); Meirion Bowen, who has acted as a McKenzie friend to Maurice Kirk; and Mary Rooney, a former director of Belinda’s distinctly non-charitable business-dressed-as-a-charity. Christina Ignatiou is a bit of an unknown quantity, but judging from her YouTube channel she seems keenly interested in the issue of forced adoption.
It seems that John Hemming, Austin Mitchell, Terence Ewing, and Yolande Lindridge all backed out while the hoax was in its early stages. Whatever their respective reasons, they should consider themselves lucky.
Even more interesting is the timing of the meeting: as we mentioned above, Ella didn’t sack her legal team until December, but as of 14 November Sabine and Belinda were confident enough that they would be taking over the case that they saw fit to convene a meeting with a person who trained McKenzie friends, and to excitedly announce to their inner circle that they had taken on Ella’s case. Given what we know about the earlier planning stages of the hoax, it would appear that 14 November 2014 was the date chosen to set the plan in action.
Curiouser and curiouser, as the Cheshire Cat would say.
Or, as we would say, “Coincidence? We think not!”
**Prize consists of a hearty handshake and our sincere best wishes. Has no monetary value, but how often do you get to shake paws…er, hands with a coyote?