Yesterday afternoon, we received word that following a four-day trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Maurice Kirk had been found guilty of violating his restraining order, put in place to protect an individual he has threatened multiple times over the past several years. According to the court lists yesterday, Mr Kirk is listed for sentencing on 17 November. It seems likely that the long gap is to provide time for a psychiatric assessment—ironic, since Mr Kirk’s original gripe against the person named in the restraining order was that the person was a psychiatrist who had made the 2009 diagnosis with which Mr Kirk disagreed.
Here is the offending page of the psychiatric report, which Mr Kirk has published many times: Mr Kirk has stated that he objected to the part where he was diagnosed with
some degree of neuro-cognitive damage (brain damage), probably as a result of a combination of normal ageing, previous heavy alcohol misuse and deceleration injuries following plane crashes. The specific area of brain damage affects his ability to monitor and control his behaviour, decreases self-awareness, judgement and decision making abilities and have compounded his paranoid beliefs to the extent that when subjected to further stress, his beliefs intensify so that for periods they have a quality of a paranoid delusional disorder (mental illness characterised by fixed false beliefs unamenable to reason of a paranoid nature).
The report further states that not only is Mr Kirk’s condition not amenable to treatment, but it could potentially be progressive.
Mr Kirk apparently took this report quite personally, lashing out against the psychiatrist who assessed him, and posting “Wanted, Dead or Alive” posters featuring the psychiatrist’s name, contact details, and image across the internet. [Clearly a man with immense self-control and excellent judgement—Ed.]
Why this matters to the Hoaxtead mob
On Mr Kirk’s blog, which seems to be jointly run by himself and Sabine, Sabine writes,
Going through the bundle of 135 pages that Maurice has to process for this case, I ask myself how many staff have been paid by the public purse to put him into Caswell Clinic, where Dr [name redacted] was the Director, and / or in prison since.
At the time, Dr [redacted] was commissioned by South Wales Police to put him away to the high security mental hospital Ashworth for life. Hence he produced the false diagnosis that has been refuted by six documents on this blog post.
However, South Wales Police keep trying to get him behind bars, using the infamous Restraining Order of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 that I have also experienced – for the same reason: online exposure – even though Subsection 3a says clearly that Section 1 does not apply,
when reporting or preventing crime.
It’s the last bit that is crucial: Mr Kirk clearly planned to use Subsection 3a of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 as his defence: his argument, it seems, was that his breaches of the restraining order were justified since he was attempting to report or prevent a crime.
The “crime”, of course, being that his psychiatric assessment was supposedly a crude ploy to have him committed to the Caswell Clinic for treatment of his psychiatric condition…even though the psychiatric report states quite clearly that Mr Kirk’s condition is not amenable to treatment. Why they would attempt to incarcerate anyone in a treatment facility to treat an untreatable condition is a mystery to us.
Both Belinda McKenzie and Sabine McNeill have stated that they fully expect to be arrested and charged this autumn, and we expect that Mr Kirk’s conviction yesterday will have come as a blow to them both, not least because it demonstrates that the jury simply did not buy the “get out of jail free if you’re trying to report or prevent a crime” argument.
Despite Sabine’s impassioned outpourings, it seems that this argument won’t hold up; we don’t expect it to perform much better when it comes to years-long harassment of people who have been exonerated of any guilt by a High Court judge.
At this point, Sabine and Belinda must be reviewing their options and finding them wanting. Apparently “whine until they let you go” might not be as effective as they had at first hoped.