Early in January I attended Isleworth Crown Court for my retrial on the charge of obstructing the traffic (for a total 49 seconds, across two points in time) during the second of two anti-MGM protests (the one in Parliament Square) last June. A video (14:52) of the protests is here.
In January the barrister appointed by the CPS admitted to the court he wasn’t adequately prepared for the trial, and asked for – and was granted – an adjournment. My thanks to E for filming and editing a video (1:27) of some stalwart supporters and myself after that.
Following a request by the judge on that day, there has been an exchange between the CPS and ourselves of documents with legal positions, arguments, and counter-arguments, and copies sent to the court. We believe the Crown’s position to be very weak, and I expect one of two outcomes on 3 March:
- the Crown decides not to continue with the prosecution; or
- the trial takes place, and I’ll be found ‘Not Guilty’ (there won’t be a jury).
If we’re successful, it could be a landmark victory in the struggle to end MGM in the UK, and perhaps beyond. So I hope you’ll be able to join us on the day. The court address is 34-36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, TW7 5NP. The trial will be in Court 5, and start at 10:00.
If we’re unsuccessful, we shall appeal again.
My warm thanks to Ian, a retired solicitor, for his invaluable help in preparing my defence.
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