Sabine McNeill has been sentenced to nine years in prison following a four-week trial at Southwark Crown Court.
Using words like “arrogant”, “manipulative”, and “evil” to describe Sabine’s crimes, HHJ Sally Cahill QC stated in her sentencing remarks that the actual sentence is for 12 years, but she had chosen to reduce this to nine in consideration of Sabine’s age.
On 14 December 2018, the jury found Sabine guilty on four charges of stalking parents whose children were named by Ella Draper as belonging to a “Satanic death cult” based in several schools and a church in Hampstead, North London.
In addition, Sabine was found guilty of six charges of breaching a restraining order. The order was put in place by HHJ Daniel Worsley following the collapse of Sabine McNeill and Neelu Berry’s 2016 trial for witness intimidation.
Today’s sentence breaks down to eight years for the stalking charges, and one for the restraining order violations.
Today’s sentencing hearing was a continuation of a hearing which began on 19 December, during which the court heard victim impact statements from people who had been affected by Sabine’s online activities.
Much of today’s hearing took place in chambers, as HHJ Sally Cahill QC went over the terms of a Criminal Behaviour Order with the prosecution and defence legal teams, with an eye to making it as airtight as possible.
The public were admitted to the second half of the hearing, during which they heard mitigation arguments from Sabine’s barrister Tana Adkin QC. Adkin emphasised Sabine’s previous “good character”, referencing the fact that this is her first conviction as an element which ought to be taken into consideration when determining her sentence.
We will provide additional details of today’s hearing once they become available.
Updated: 5:13 p.m.