Maurice Kirk was convicted on 15 September of violating his restraining order, which was put in place to protect an individual he has threatened multiple times over the past several years. By all accounts, Mr Kirk was scheduled to attend Cardiff Crown Court yesterday for sentencing.
Just hours prior to his court appearance, Mr Kirk posted the following to his Facebook page: To be honest, it’s difficult to tell whether Mr Kirk intended this as dark humour, or was seriously hoping to sell his houses in the two hours before his sentencing hearing. If the latter, one wonders about his ability to plan ahead effectively, not to mention his impulsivity.
However, it does appear from his most recent blog post that he fully believed he was about to be sent to prison:
Frankly, we find it difficult to decipher Mr Kirk’s ramblings here, but it’s quite clear that he is very angry and that at the time of writing, he expected to be imprisoned at the end of yesterday’s hearing.
However, when we checked the court listings, we found no confirmation that sentencing had taken place:
The listing states that the hearing was “For Mention (Defendant to Attend)”, and notes that it lasted only 23 minutes, but gives no clue as to the outcome.
One possibility, suggested to us by a reader with some experience of the workings of the court system, is that Mr Kirk’s psychiatric evaluation was not complete at the time of yesterday’s hearing, which might explain the lack of conclusive outcome.
Earlier in the week, Mr Kirk posted on his blog about his “Sentencing Hearing for 4th Alleged Breach of Unserved Restraining Orders”—seemingly oblivious to the fact that his restraining order breaches had been proven in court, and are therefore no longer “alleged”, but have been proven at trial.
In that post, he published the following letter to the Clerk to the Court:
Clerk to the Court T20170239 Cardiff Crown Court
14th November 2017
Sentencing Hearing for 4th Alleged Breach of Unserved Restraining Orders
In Preparation of my 5th proposed Jury Trial on fabricated Cardiff Court and NHS (Wales) Records
17th November 2017 sentencing hearing requires a number of outstanding issues to be addressed none of which necessarily requires my attendance unless I am seriously mistaken.
In the light of my finding appropriate legal representation for the hearing to establish
- why your court refuse local psychiatrists as in HMP Swansea in order to double my sentence
- to have the court report the complainant police doctor to the General Medical Council now
- to obtain written proof a restraining order was served on me on 1st Dec 11 and 12th April 13
- why the last trial judge flatly refused to have any information removed from my web sites
- why 1st Dec 11 harassment records were doctored before and after CCRC received them
- why the court would object to an outside police force investigation of itself and local police
- why is it South Wales Police has been allowed to stand idly by, for so long, to allow their chief level 12 police psychiatrist knowingly to write my numerous fabricated medical reports and his own false witness complaints if not to aid the then Chief Constable, Barbara Wilding, to save her pension by having me repeatedly unlawfully goaled to aid her defending my compensation cases against her for persistent bullying and refusal to investigate crimes committed on me, my family and past veterinary staff with, mean time, ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ doing anything to correct my seriously damaging MAPPA forensic and NHS (Wales) Caswell Clinic medical reports,
does the court really need my attendance and if so, what on earth for?
Maurice J Kirk BVSc
On reading this, our first thought was, “Does he realise what a sentencing hearing is?”
Judging from the above, Mr Kirk appears to believe that his sentencing hearing will afford the court the opportunity to address “a number out outstanding issues”. It seems that he is confusing “sentencing hearing” with “retrial”. In addition, he seems to believe that his attendance at his sentencing is optional. As far as we know, this is not the case.
However, we’re still not clear as to what, if anything, happened at yesterday’s hearing. Once we’ve confirmed things one way or another, we’ll report it here.
Edited 10:09 p.m., 18 November 2017:
Mr Kirk has updated his blog, and it now appears that his sentencing date has been moved to 14 December:
I am well out of the stench of yet another futile day in a Cardiff court room with the witnessing of their playing illegal games only because it is accepted by the locals.
I, in particular, liked the way the Bristol CPS barrister had again been deliberately denied knowledge of Dr Mxxxxxx in all this, now I wonder why?
And I need the name of the other doctor that was with him, on the day, for the sentencing judge on the 14th Dec to hear the true story as to why I must be ‘mad.…..but will they dare?