Sabine McNeill, who was found guilty in December 2018 on four counts of stalking and six counts of breaching her 2016 restraining order, has received leave to appeal her nine-year sentence, reduced from 12 years on account of her age. Her appeal will be heard on Tuesday, 30 July, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Yesterday, Neelu published a slightly more coherent group email from Belinda McKenzie, offering a few further details:
According to Belinda, if Sabine’s appeal is successful she will once again be able to go online and share the amazing contents of her mind with the world. We suspect that this might not be a winning argument in court, as Sabine’s trial amply and vividly illustrated the tragic consequences of her having done just that.
In fact, Belinda’s argument that “whether still inside or…out on licence she can still use snail-mail and the telephone” is hardly reassuring to her victims, as two of Sabine’s restraining order breaches involved just such “analogue” activity once she’d been banned from using the internet while she was awaiting trial. Readers may recall that the last of these breaches resulted in her being remanded in custody for nine months prior to her trial.
It’s interesting to note that in contrast to Rupert Quaintance, who unsuccessfully appealed both his sentence and his verdict in October 2017, Sabine has only won leave to appeal her sentence. We don’t know whether she sought leave to appeal her verdict as well, but if she did it was turned down.
We’ll be following her appeal hearing, and will publish updates as soon as they become available.