According to the daily cause list at Southwark Crown Court, Sabine McNeill’s bail security hearing will take place “not earlier than 10:15” on Friday, 15 December, in Court 5 before HH Judge Beddoe.
At this time, the court will determine whether the £20,000 which was crowd-funded by Belinda McKenzie, Angela Power-Disney, and Sabine’s solicitor Noam Almaz will be accepted as bail security, thus potentially freeing Sabine on bail until the date of her trial in 2018. Sabine has been charged with a total of 19 offences—four counts of stalking causing distress or alarm, and 15 counts of violating her lifetime restraining order, imposed in July 2016.
Yesterday, Belinda stated that she would
…be putting the £20,000 into Westminster Magistrates court then taking Sabine’s computers & passport to Holborn police station, as demanded by the court last week. Then hopefully I’ll be able to pick her up from the prison on Friday and BRING HER HOME!
Apparently the process is not quite as straightforward as Belinda might have wished.
Useful information on bail security
Like many of our readers, until Sabine’s re-arrest last week, we were completely in the dark on the topic, and it’s been a very interesting learning curve. We found this page, published by Mary Monson Solicitors, useful in understanding the concept of bail security and surety.
Here’s what the page has to say about the topic:
Surety and security are two important tools for a bail application for any serious offence. They are financial assurances made to the court usually by family members of the defendant, to guarantee his or her attendance at court whilst on bail.
- Security is money paid into court before the defendant is allowed out on bail.This must be paid into court in cash or other cleared funds.
- Surety is money promised to the court by third parties (e.g. family members), and only paid if the defendant does not answer his bail or turn up to court. This can be in the form of money left in the third party’s bank account, or other assets (such as equity in a house).
Documentary evidence must be provided to the court showing that this money is available, or that assets equivalent to that amount exist. This could be in the form of a bank statement or a mortgage statement accompanied by a house valuation.
A good bail application for a serious Crown Court offence (e.g. murder, drug importation etc.) will include a combination of both security (money paid) and surety. The precise amount required varies, but must be a good proportion of the assets of the person providing the asset / money.
The amount offered by the bail solicitors on behalf of the surety or security provider needs to be enough that it would financially hurt the provider if the defendant did not answer his bail.
We will bring you updates as they become available.
As always, we would ask that while this case is sub judice, our readers refrain from speculating about its outcome.