We have learned that Sabine McNeill will be at Southwark Crown Court at 9:30 this morning, in another attempt to apply for bail.
Sabine has been held on remand in Bronzefield Prison since her last hearing on 19 March, when her most recent request for bail was rejected.
Sabine was first remanded in custody in early December 2017, with a bail bond of £20,000 set. Belinda McKenzie, Tracey Morris, and Linda Byrne O’Riordan were able to crowd-fund the amount, and Sabine was released on bail.
Sabine returned to court on 26 February 2018, where she was charged with another violation of her lifetime restraining order, in addition to the 19 charges she already faced—four for stalking and 15 for violations of the restraining order.
On 26 February she pleaded guilty to the 20th charge. At that time she was spared prison but was placed under “house arrest” with an electronic tag and a curfew which allowed her to leave her home between midnight and 6 a.m. each day.
However, she was arrested again on 4 March for another breach of bail conditions, and was held at Bronzefield until the 19 March hearing, at which time the judge ruled that she would remain there until her trial, set to take place in November.
A deafening silence
None of Sabine’s usual cronies have mentioned today’s hearing—Belinda McKenzie, Wesley Hall, Neelu Berry, Jake Clarke, and others have all remained uncharacteristically quiet about it, leading us to wonder whether they know the hearing is taking place.
Frankly, if we were Sabine’s legal team, we’d have urged our client not to publicise the hearing, as the circus-like atmosphere her supporters usually create can do her no good in the eyes of the court.
Even Belinda has previously warned against “some kind of ‘noisy mob’ turning up [which] could damage her chances of re-release…”.
Nevertheless, at Sabine’s last hearing, Tracey, Linda, and another friend burst into the courtroom toward the end of the proceedings, shouted,“DON’T WORRY, SABINE, WE’LL GET YOU OUT!” and then turned and fled before they could be removed. Tracey could be heard in the hallway outside, still shouting as she made her way down the hall.
We’re unlikely to see a repeat of this performance, however, as Tracey recently acknowledged that while she and Linda had spent “nearly £1,000” on attempting to convince Sabine to throw over her legal team in favour of their expert guidance, Sabine had inexplicably and rather ungratefully turned down their generous offer.
We will bring updates to this story as we receive them.
As always, we would ask that our readers refrain from any speculation as to the outcome of Sabine’s case.