Yesterday we commented on an article in the Sunday Telegraph which revealed that Sabine McNeill, currently serving nine years in prison for stalking families in Hampstead and committing multiple violations of a 2016 restraining order, was invited to speak at the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
The Telegraph reported that Sabine had “boasted of being invited” to give testimony to the Cardiff hearing in November 2016, and had prepared a lengthy document on her version of the Hampstead case, which she intended to present to the Truth Project.
Strangely, Sabine’s boasting did not extend to the public realm, possibly because she was aware that presenting material on the Hampstead hoax would nearly guarantee yet another arrest.
The month before the Cardiff hearing, she had pleaded guilty to violating her restraining order and received a conditional discharge. On that occasion, HHJ Shetty had told her,
The restraining order is still live. There is a possibility it could be varied in due course, I know not, but at the moment, assume that it will be in force for the rest of your life and also, with regards to the conditional discharge, what that means is as follows: If you commit any other criminal offences within the next 12 months, such as breaching this restraining order, you could immediately be re-sentenced for this particular offence that you have pleaded guilty to today.
I doubt very much that the court will be merciful in terms of giving you a non-custodial sentence next time around. That is important in terms of you reflecting on your particular actions and, if I may say, although I doubt very much that you will listen to me, it is about time that you tried to put all of this nonsense behind you and just get on with the rest of your life. But that is up to you in terms of how you go about in life and what you do”.
One day later, on 18 October, however, Sabine may have signalled her intention to continue publicising the hoax via the IICSA. On that day, she was filmed at the Home Affairs Select Committee Hearing at which Professor Alexis Jay was quizzed about the Inquiry.
She can be seen here, seated next to her friends Pamela Almaz, Belinda McKenzie, and Mary Rooney:
Of course any member of the public has the right to attend such meetings, but given Sabine’s record, and her bull-headed determination to continue promoting the Hampstead hoax, this seems like an ominous foreshadowing.
We found it very surprising that the IICSA would have extended her an invitation to testify at the Truth Project, although as commenter Sarah Phillimore pointed out, “The most dangerous failure is that of different agencies to share information. But it is frankly disturbing that apparently none of the mass of information about [Sabine] trickled down to Professor Jay”.
Indeed: by the time the invitation was proffered, Sabine had been named in Mrs Justice Pauffley’s 2015 High Court judgment; she and Neelu Berry had stood trial on charges of witness intimidation and been issued with the restraining order; and as mentioned, she had pleaded guilty to violating that restraining order, and received a conditional discharge.
Of course, this information is all very old hat for those of us who have followed the hoax closely since early 2015, so perhaps Sabine’s notoriety was not as widespread as we imagined.
However, commenter Surreal Hustle pointed out that Professor Alexis Jay, who was appointed to the Panel of the IICSA in 2015 and became Chair in August 2016 following the departure of Dame Lowell Goddard, seemed remarkably unknowledgeable when it came to those who promote belief in Satanic ritual abuse.
Surreal Hustle noted that in November 2017, Prof Jay had given a keynote address at a conference held by the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD), an organisation which pushes the ideas of SRA and the pseudo-scientific diagnosis of “dissociative identity disorder”. The conference, held in Bern, Switzerland, had attracted such luminaries of the DID/SRA world as Valerie Sinason and Rainer Kurz.
Indeed, Private Eye had picked up the story at the time:
Questioned about Prof Jay’s attendance at the conference, the IICSA press office seemed to go into full damage-control mode: she only attended the conference long enough to give her speech, and she didn’t inhale, we promise! As for issues such as whether Prof Jay believed in “Mind Control” and SRA, the press officer declined to comment.
Of course, it’s unlikely that Sabine received her invitation to testify to the Truth Project directly from Prof Jay, but surely it cannot be a good thing that the chair of an Inquiry of this scope and magnitude seems so utterly innocent when it comes to those who push the SRA/DID agenda?