In November–December 2018, Sabine McNeill stood trial in front of HHJ Sally Cahill QC at Southwark Crown Court.
She faced a total of 21 charges: four of stalking and 17 of breaching the restraining order which had been put in place by HHJ Worsley following the collapse of Sabine and Neelu’s 2016 witness intimidation trial.
Ultimately, the jury found Sabine guilty of all four stalking charges, as well as six of the restraining order breaches. In January 2019, she was sentenced to nine years in prison, reduced from 12 on account of her age (73 at the time).
EC attended Sabine’s trial and produced summaries at the end of each day’s proceedings. Now these reports have been gathered here for easy reference.
Please note that the identities of five of the witnesses were subject to a publication ban under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The purpose of this publication restriction is to protect the identities of children.
- Jury selection, false starts, and light attendance
- Meet the barristers: Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting, and Tana Adkin QC, defending.
- The prosecution opening statement outlines the details of each charge.
- First witness: The Bishop of Bath and Wells.
- Second witness, Mr Greenwood, solicitor; technical difficulties forced court to pause his testimony until the following day.
- Third witness, Heather Reid, Church of England Deputy National Safeguarding Advisor
- Third witness: [name withheld]
- Second witness: cross-examination, continued from Day 3
- Fifth witness: [name withheld]
- Two videos entered into evidence: One from Charlotte Ward’s “Hampstead Research” videos, and one titled, “Hampstead Confidential with Sabine, part 2“, posted by Angela Power-Disney.
- Kudos to HR from Belinda (!?)
- Neelu Berry and Lee Cant attend, and Neelu identifies a protected witness—breaching both the trial’s reporting restriction and Neelu’s 2016 restraining order.
- Where’s the defendant? A late start and finish
- Sixth witness [name withheld]
- EddieIsOK films in the court precinct
- Neelu appears, then disappears in a hurry
- EddieIsOK, under the name Paul Rogers, is arrested for contempt of court, remanded in custody pending hearing the next day
- John Paterson threatens EC, HHJ Cahill
- EddieIsOK goes on trial, found guilty and given two-month suspended sentence
- Edward W. Ellis tries to advise the defence team
- Sixth witness [name withheld] continues testimony
- Jake Clarke turns up, harasses public gallery members
- Seventh witness [name withheld]
- Purported altercation between Paterson and unknown assailant
- Seventh witness [continued]
- Eighth witness: Ms Stevens, Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)
- Ninth witness [name withheld]
- Tenth witness: Michael Scott, forensic computer analyst
- Tenth witness [continued]
- Eleventh witness: PC Chris Wall
- Twelfth witness: DC Steve Martin
- Twelfth witness [continued]
- Statement of agreed facts, including the 2015 Pauffley judgment
- Thirteenth witness: Sabine McNeill
- Thirteenth witness [continued]
- Thirteenth witness [continued]
- Thirteenth witness [concluded]
- Standard legal directions
- Prosecution closing speech
- Defence closing speech
- Belinda McKenzie arrested, charged with contempt
- Defence closing speech [continued]
- Judge’s summing up
- Judge’s summation of prosecution closing speech
- Judge’s summation of defence closing speech
- Final directions before retiring jury
- A note on permanent reporting restrictions
- Jury remains retired
- Some notes on Belinda McKenzie’s arrest
- Jury returns verdict: guilty on all four counts of stalking; guilty on six of 17 counts of breach of restraining order
- Sentencing postponed to the following week
- Thoughts on the verdict
- Prosecution recommendations
- Judge Worsley’s restraining order remains in place
- Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) enacted
Sabine McNeill sentenced to nine years
Sentencing remarks clarify Sabine’s 9-year sentence
- Sentencing remarks in full
- The issue of harm