After nearly three weeks of waiting and wondering, Rupert’s friends in the USA have at last worked out that he’s been convicted and sentenced to a nine-month prison term, and they are not at all happy about it.
One of them has gone so far as to launch a “Free Rupert!” campaign on YouTube. Ryan Dawson, who interviewed Rupert last winter in an effort to stir up support on the other side of the Pond, has made another video in which he demonstrates a very loose grasp on the facts of the matter, whilst urging his friends to attempt to get Rupert freed from prison:
In the notes below the video, Mr Dawson states:
Rupert Wilson Quaintance’s story. A Virginia man got in the middle of a story where two factions in a backwards little town in the UK called London, were going after each other over some nasty allegations.
So he went to investigate a fake news story about some pedophiles in the U.K. Now the U.K. Does have and has covered up rings of rapists in the past. That does Not mean anyone accused of something horrible is guilty. Anyway the people screaming there is a satanic cult raping children couldn’t get any news because frankly they didn’t have any evidence most likely because there was nothing going on.
Hmm. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt about the “backwards little town” thing: let’s be generous and assume it’s an attempt at sarcasm.
And the “fake news story” thing is correct, but when Rupert decided to come over to “investigate”, he wasn’t making that assumption. On the contrary, he didn’t begin to question the Hoaxtead narrative until much later.
Rupert a year after making one video about it discovered that people were still commenting back and forth on it to each other on his video. So he said if you pay for it all (sic) go over there kicking down the doors and find out the truth. Obviously that was a figure of speech. He wasn’t really going to kick down anyone’s doors and didn’t. The accusers rejoiced that someone was going to be vindicating them.
Again, a bit of truth in there, but Mr Dawson leaves out the bit where Angela Power-Disney invited Rupert to the UK, thus both drawing attention to his 2015 video and setting up a GoFundMe account on his behalf.
And although Rupert claimed the “kicking down doors” thing was a figure of speech, he also mentioned “taking blood samples”, which one assumes would not be done voluntarily, and which would likely involve violence toward the accused. As it turns out, the jury did not buy the “it was just a figure of speech” argument. Go figure.
Well he gets there and from day one the accused, who were sick of being called satanic child molesters decided to harass Rupert. They posted his home address as well as the address where he was staying in the U.K. online. And they threatened him.
This assumes that the accused had anything to do with any “harassment” Rupert might have received. As we have said from Day 1, this blog is not run by anyone who was accused in this case. And in any case, Rupert wasn’t “harassed” by anyone here. We did warn him, repeatedly and urgently, that he could be arrested and imprisoned if he went through with what we (correctly, as it happens) believed was an ill-conceived plan on his part.
As an aside, we found it interesting, during our coverage of Rupert’s trial last month, that despite basing his defence argument on the harassment he allegedly received, he did not see fit to provide a single scrap of evidence of said harassment to the court. Why not? You be the judge.
And yes, his address in Erith was posted on this blog, briefly, by some very clever readers who were able to work it out from a video he made in his host’s back garden. This address was handed to the police, and is no longer on the blog.
Well Rupert talks to the accusers and determines this is a bunch of crazy people and nothing was going on. Well because he said there was not a satanic child raping cult the accusers were angry because they paid for him to come and then didn’t get the conclusion they wanted.
So now both groups were mad at Rupert. The accused faction continued to try to bully him online. The accusing faction then concocted a conspiracy that since Rupert didn’t agree with them that he must secretly be part of the satanic cult is a shill bla bla. (All sic)
Not quite. In fact, Rupert did not tell any of his Hoaxtead mobster friends that he thought they were spouting shit. Nor did he admit publicly that he had changed his beliefs about the hoax. So no, the “accusers” weren’t angry with him over that. And see above re alleged bullying from our side.
Responding to the accused group harassing him online and telling him not to go to their church, he went to there (sic) church took some pictures and posted them on Facebook. Mine (sic) you his conclusion was still that nothing was going on.
Mr Dawson seems a bit confused here. In fact, Rupert took the selfie outside the school, not the church, and he published it at about 9 a.m. on the first day of school. This is meaningful, as the school was the alleged locus of the “cult” abuse.
Well as he was ready to leave the police knocked on his door took his belongings and told him he was going to trial for threatening people.
Rupert was arrested about a week after he put up the threatening Facebook post. He was not immediately charged, but was bailed and had his computers and hard drive seized, along with his passport. Perhaps Mr Dawson should consider reviewing our extensive and in-depth coverage of Rupert’s trial to ensure he gets even the most basic facts straight.
See below a Facebook post where he took pictures of himself near the church [School—Ed.] he had a conversation with a friend of his about a sandwich because in the past that friend had thrown a sandwich about 40 feet and hit him in the head. Making a joke about how nonthreatening he was the friend asked if he had a biscuit in his pocket. See the We are change article for the whole exchange. In it the word knife? With a question mark was mentioned following that was sharp ham and cheese. Clearly no one was being threaten (sic) by a sandwich of a sandwich knife.
Funnily enough, the jury didn’t buy this, either. Here’s what really happened:
On the defendant’s public Facebook page, which had at that time approximately 5,000 friends and 7,000 followers, he posted on 5 September a photograph of himself in front of the school, with the comment, “This is what I look like at a moment of acute defiance”. Under the photo, a friend of the defendant commented, “Is there a biscuit in your pocket?” to which the defendant replied, “Knife?” The friend said, “Biscuit knife”, to which the defendant replied, “Sharp ham”.
And just in case anyone is in any doubt as to what a “biscuit knife” is: Incidentally, are we the only ones who remember Rupert telling one of his friends in an interview that he routinely carries a knife in his pocket so that should a child’s shoelaces become entangled in an escalator, he would be able to cut them free? Because one just never knows when a random child will be attacked by an escalator and require immediate assistance.
Ahem. Let us carry on
eviscerating…that is, reviewing Mr Dawson’s video commentary:
Being butthurt that they could not bully Rupert, the church members looked for a way to use the law to punish someone they didn’t like. At the same time the other faction decided he was covering up pedophilia. This is why you stay out of disputes between trashy UK rednecks.
It’s very clear that no one really felt threatened or was afraid. The attacks on Rupert are vindictive and small minded rage.
As it happens, the “church members” did not “use the law to punish someone they didn’t like”. Rather, parents who were concerned that a person might be lurking outside their children’s school with a “biscuit knife” in his pocket reported their fears to the police. The police responded appropriately, by arresting the suspect. Upon searching his computer and hard drive, they discovered sufficient evidence of harassment to lay charges.
And as for whether anyone “really felt threatened or afraid”, Mr Dawson did not attend the trial. He did not hear the witnesses breaking down in tears as they told about fearing for their own, and their children’s, safety. We don’t know where he could possibly have drawn the conclusion that they didn’t feel threatened, except possibly his own rectum.
Also, does Mr Dawson actually understand the meaning of the term “trashy redneck”? Enquiring Londoners want to know!
He was found guilty of the sandwich post and faces two counts out of five with 9 months in prison each.
This doesn’t even make sense. First, the jury found Rupert guilty on two of five counts. For each of those two, he was sentenced to nine months in prison, to be served concurrently. This means that unless he misbehaves in prison, the maximum time he will serve is nine months. If he behaves well, this could be reduced to 4.5 months.
And secondly, he was not “found guilty of the sandwich post”. The Freedom from Harassment Act 1997 states that a person is guilty if their “course of conduct causes another to fear, on at least two occasions, that violence will be used against him…if (the suspect) knows or ought to know that his course of conduct will cause the other so to fear on each of those occasions”.
Had Mr Dawson actually read our trial coverage, he would have discovered that the CPS brought forward three main pieces of evidence:
- Rupert’s first video about Hampstead, in which he said he wanted to “kick down doors and take blood”;
- An American Freedom Radio broadcast in which Rupert said he “didn’t want to actually kill them, just beat them up real bad”;
- And the aforementioned Facebook post, in which he posted a picture of himself standing outside the school, on the first morning of the school year, and stated he was carrying a “biscuit knife”.
Rupert should probably consider himself lucky that his entire oeuvre of threatening YouTube videos was not brought before the court. Here’s just a tiny sample:
This is after being trapped in the U.K. For 11 months! The whole thing is ridiculous. There might not have been pedophiles in this church but there sure are a lot of ass holes. The comments on my YouTube are disgusting and reek of double digit IQ idiot-rage.
We won’t even bother trying to critique this one, except to note that we’re not the ones who can’t seem to tell a church from a school. Oh, and we didn’t make a ranting video without looking up the basic facts first. We really don’t think Mr Dawson is in much of a position to complain about anyone’s IQ.