On 10 December 2018, Belinda McKenzie, one of the earliest promoters of the Hampstead SRA hoax, was arrested from the public gallery at Southwark Crown Court, where she had been observing Sabine McNeill’s trial.
HHJ Sally Cahill QC stated that she had received an allegation that McKenzie was in breach of the publication order placed upon that case in December 2017 by Judge Beddoe. Cahill had previously cautioned the court—while looking straight at McKenzie—against sharing the names of any of the parent witnesses at the trial.
It’s fair to say that McKenzie appeared extremely flustered by this turn of events, despite the prior warning. Judge Cahill adjourned the case until after the verdict in McNeill’s trial was reached; the trial was originally scheduled for 10 January 2019, but had to be adjourned to the following day due to the defendant’s sudden unexpected illness.
One of our readers kindly attended McKenzie’s trial and wrote up a brilliant summary of the proceedings.
Having been found guilty not only of the original offence, but a second similar offence two days prior to the trial, McKenzie signed a letter of undertaking that she would remove from all her online materials any references to
(i) Christchurch Primary School, Hampstead,
(ii) The church known as Christ Church, Hampstead
(iii) Any of the complainants, witnesses or their families in the case of R v Sabine McNeill
(iv) Any of the people previously alleged to be connected to abuse at Christ Church or Christchurch Primary School, or
(v) Allegations of organised sexual and/or physical abuse of children taking place in and around the Hampstead area.
If the terms of this letter are breached, it will be treated as criminal contempt of court.
McKenzie also received a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.