It seems that despite her current lack of access to the internet, Sabine McNeill has found another way to make her voice heard online.
In a video available on George Kouris’ new YouTube channel, “GeeGee Tee”, Tony Gosling read out what he called the “first in a series” of letters from Sabine McNeill, who is currently on remand in HMP Bronzefield.
Tony introduces the letter:
This week, something new called the ‘Bronzefield Bulletin’, it’s our correspondent Sabine McNeill, a child abuse whistle-blower, and she’s writing to us from jail! …
We’re doing a series of letters from prison, and the person writing those letters is Sabine McNeill. She’s been putting forward evidence in London, she says, of serious abuse of children. And because she refuses to stop making that evidence public, the courts have decided that she’s the one who should go to jail.
So here’s the latest missive from her, in jail.
The first part of Sabine’s letter, written about two weeks prior to her most recent bail application being turned down, is fairly mundane and predictable. She complains bitterly about the loss of her walking sticks, which she claims has seriously aggravated her 45-year-old hip injury:
Wednesday, 18th of April, 2018
Writing is my therapy here, and to write to you is special. Today’s message can be short.
Due to the removal of my Nordic walking sticks, without replacement, my hip joint has reacted. The level of pain caused when it was dislocated 45 years ago, permanently and seriously aggravated when standing or walking. I shall have to drag myself to the physiotherapist, as wheelchairs cannot be organised.
I can only hope that I won’t miss my two-hour video link with my legal team, given the rules staff operate by. I get food and water thanks to kind co-prisoners. Getting an official carer takes at least one to two weeks.
But that is just the lead-in to her real message:
All that because we have a modern Savile in our midst, but protected only by the BBC. Above all, he and his named abusers are protected by the police.
The fact that police protection includes the Church of England is the reason for my being here. In my naïveté, I’d thought that safe-guarding means protecting children. Now it means protecting abusers, by fitting up and hounding defenders of children’s rights.
Jake Clarke, who’d been sectioned for three months and forcefully medicated for seven months, has just been arrested. He was my most loyal visitor. ‘Delusional disorder’, they say.
Public protection and HMP safe-guarding has resulted in me becoming a ‘potential person posing a risk to children’, says the PPRC, because of my behaviour and/or conduct in prison, which consisted in receiving a summary of the case as part of a major envelope in my defence, from Peter Oakes.
Does this cross a legal line?
Is it our imagination, or has Sabine stepped over yet another legal line in making the claim that “we have a modern Savile in our midst, but protected only by the BBC. Above all, he and his named abusers are protected by the police”?
It might be one thing if her letter had been intended as private correspondence between two people, but as Tony Gosling tells it, this is the first in a series of correspondence from Sabine which he plans to read aloud on his internet radio show. To us, that sounds as though Sabine wrote her letter intending that it should be read aloud online.
However, we’re not lawyers here, and so we have passed the video along to the authorities in charge of Sabine’s case, in hopes that they will be able to sort it out.
Who is Peter Oakes?
The name “Peter Oakes” rang a dull thud somewhere in the backs of our collective memory, but none of us could quite recall who he was.
It is no doubt completely coincidental that three of the four people profiled in this explanatory article in The Guardian, titled “I fought the law: Meet the super-litigants”, are colleagues of Sabine:
Peter Oakes has sued – or attempted to sue – the police, council officials and other public servants. He says he’s been to court “about 20 times” over the past 18 years.
“I’ve never won a case,” says 72-year-old Oakes, who lives in Crewe. “But I’ve had to keep going. My experience has unglued everything I believed in. Once you fall foul of an official body, it seems all the others conspire against you.”
Yep, sounds like one of Sabine’s, all right.
Why was he sending Sabine a summary of her case? No idea. But we’re sure it’ll come out at some point.
‘Person posing a risk to children’
We also wonder what could have been in that “major envelope” in Sabine’s defence, which seems to have led to her being designated a “potential person posing a risk to children”?
According to this document from the National Offender Management Service, identification of potential PPRC offenders is set out under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, in an effort to safeguard and protect the welfare of children. We don’t know what it was that caused the staff at HMP Bronzefield to identify Sabine as a “potential PPRC”.