On 9 May 2019, the person known to readers of this blog as “Alan Alanson” stood trial at Newcastle Crown Court on charges of stalking in relation to protected witnesses in the Hampstead case.
Colley had previously bragged that he had neither been arrested nor charged, but we knew this to be untrue, as EC had been asked to stand as a witness in the case.
On the day of his trial, Colley agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of malicious communications. Sentencing was set for 16 August.
On that date, he was sentenced to nine months imprisonment. According to news reports, this was only the latest in a string of convictions for Colley.
In his sentencing comments, Judge Edward Bindloss told Colley, “This was not your fight, but you joined in with gusto. Even now it seems you fail to see the larger picture and your role in this vicious internet mob rule”.
Sure enough, shortly after his release, and while still on licence, Colley made several abusive posts on Matthew Taylor’s YouTube channel. These were reported to police, but we are unaware whether action was taken. However, Colley has not been heard from since.