Sabine McNeill is to face a total of 21 charges at 10:30 this morning at Southwark Crown Court, in a trial which is expected to last at least three weeks.
Summary to date
On 11 November 2017, she was charged with four counts of stalking causing fear of violence or serious alarm or distress, as well as six counts of breaching a restraining order. The restraining order was issued following the collapse of Sabine and Neelu’s witness intimidation trial in July 2016.
On 9 December 2017, Sabine attended Westminster Magistrates Court to answer to the 10 charges. At that time she was re-arrested, and was charged with a further nine counts of breaching the restraining order. At that time she pleaded not guilty to all 19 counts.
Following that hearing, Sabine was remanded in custody, and sent to Bronzefield Prison to await trial. A bail bond of £20,000 was set.
Belinda McKenzie and friends set about crowd-funding that money, and were able to pay it within a week, at which time Sabine was released from prison on stringent bail conditions.
Prior to her release from prison, Sabine had to:
- Surrender all internet-enabled devices;
- Secure £20k; and
- Surrender her passport and any other items which might enable her to apply to abscond.
Post-release, Sabine was prohibited from using the internet in any way. In addition, she was required to obey the following conditions:
- Supply details of her phone to the police, and she is not permitted to use any other phone;
- No communications with any media, and not permitted to publish any content, directly or indirectly;
- Not permitted to apply for any documents which might enable her to leave the country;
- Must reside at at her stated address; and
- Not permitted to act as a McKenzie friend.
On 26 February, Sabine appeared in court to face a further charge of violating her restraining order. This was related to Sabine and Jake Clarke’s attendance at the Church of England General Synod on 10 February, where Sabine was accused of handing out leaflets containing details of the Hampstead Satanic ritual abuse hoax. Sabine initially pleaded not guilty to this charge.
However, in the face of video evidence of her presence with Jake at the event, the judge asked Sabine’s barrister whether her presence at Church House constituted a restraining order violation. The barrister conceded that it did, and after consultation, Sabine changed her plea to guilty, albeit with some reluctance.
Following this court appearance, Sabine was placed on “house arrest” pending her hearing on 19 March.
On 4 March 2018, following two further breaches of her bail conditions, Sabine was arrested again. At a hearing the following day, she was remanded in custody until 19 March, when she appeared in court to apply for an amendment to her bail conditions. This application was refused, with the court deciding that she should remain remanded in custody until the date of her trial.
Since 19 March, Sabine has remained in custody awaiting trial.
Hoaxtead Research trial coverage
For the duration of Sabine’s trial, we will be devoting our attention to the ongoing court proceedings.
We will be altering our publication schedule slightly, to bring readers the day’s events within hours of that day’s adjournment.
As always, we will remain mindful of reporting restrictions. The trial is subject to an order made under s46 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, which prohibits mentioning anything which could lead to the identification of any children involved in the case.
We will also keep in mind that Sabine is innocent of any crime until or unless the court decides otherwise, and deserves a fair and open trial. We know our readers will respect this and make no comments which could in any way prejudice this right.