Sabine McNeill attended Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday to answer to the 10 charges laid against her on 10 November. Readers will recall that she was charged with four counts of stalking causing fear of violence or serious alarm or distress, as well as six counts of breaching her restraining order.
At yesterday’s hearing she was re-arrested and charged with a further nine counts of breaching her restraining order. She pleaded not guilty to all 19 charges.
The stalking charges fall under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
The restraining order in question is the lifetime order which was issued to Sabine and her co-defendant Neelu Berry on 19 July 2016. That order states that she is
- …prohibited from contacting directly or indirectly by herself or by any person acting as her agent, or by any means whatsoever:
ANY PERSON WHO TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF SABINE MCNEILL IS OR HAS BEEN CLERGY AT CHRISTCHURCH, HAMPSTEAD SQUARE, LONDON, NW3, OR THE STAFF OR A PUPIL AT CHRISTCHURCH PRIMARY SCHOOL, CHRISTCHURCH HILL, LONDON, NW3. …
3. Not to make public in any way, including on the internet by any blog or otherwise including by re-publication of material already made public before the making of this order;
A) Anything relating to any persons set out in Paragraph 1 above;
B) Any allegations of cannibalism, sexual child abuse or satanism, at any time at or in relation to Christchurch or Christchurch Primary School.
At yesterday’s hearing, Sabine was remanded to custody. According to an email from Belinda, Sabine is currently being held at Holborne Police Station. It seems likely that she will be transferred shortly to a women’s prison to await trial.
Her bail is set at £20,000; unless she pays this, she will remain in prison until her trial date. Indications are that the trial will take place at Southwark Crown Court in spring 2018.
We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.
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