We’ve been watching with some interest the reaction of the Hoaxtead mobsters to Friday’s bail security hearing at Southwark Crown Court, where Sabine McNeill was granted bail until her 2018 trial.
Some, like Tracey Morris and her band of merry loons, appear to believe that Sabine’s release is permanent, and that this represents a major victory for their side. (What is their side? Why, it’s the side that favours beating and tormenting small children until they break down and falsely confess that they were abused by an imaginary cult!)
We don’t know how to tell Tracey and friends this kindly, but Sabine is still facing a total of 19 charges.
While we won’t attempt to guess whether any of those charges will stick (in part because we don’t want to be in contempt of court and in part because we leave the fortune-telling to people like Penny Pullen), we will only say that counting one’s chickens before they hatch is generally a poor idea.
But we were even more interested in Belinda’s commentary on the matter:
A couple of things jumped out at us:
- Sabine “jumped up out of her seat and rushed across the visiting hall towards me”? Has she undergone a miraculous cure, then? Last we heard, Belinda was describing her friend as crippled and hobbling along with the use of sticks. Perhaps her week in prison had a rejuvenating effect.
- “She’s even quite looking forward to her actual trial, as an opportunity to say a lot of things that have not been said openly and have been covered up”. We confess we’re looking forward to this as well, though we do recall Sabine and Neelu’s rage at not being allowed to address the jury during their 2016 trial. This could have had something to do with their barristers realising that allowing their clients to open their mouths in court would have a fatal impact on their case, but we’re not lawyers, so what do we know?
But we were even more struck by this interesting snippet of conversation between Belinda and one of her friends:
Irina asks, “Would it not be safer for her to go back to Germany?” and Belinda responds,
She was taken by surprise on 8 December to be sent down on remand when she thought it would be just a routine charging procedure in Westminster Magistrates Court. She was shocked to be told they were going to take her in on remand, she had made no preparation. They have taken her passport and German ID so she can no longer escape. She has to go through now and out the other side and I trust she will get a lot of support.
Is Belinda saying what we think she’s saying here? That had it not been for the “surprise” remand to prison at her last hearing, Sabine would have fled abroad, as she did in early 2015?
Not that this would have been unexpected, but frankly we’re a bit shocked that Belinda would admit to it in a public forum. Once again, we’re left wondering whether Belinda is really the loyal friend she makes herself out to be. Let’s just say that if we were in Sabine’s position, we might not like our dear friend broadcasting our escape strategy hither and yon.
Perhaps that’s just us, though.