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Jan 6, 2021 • 47 tweets • 7 min read
At Westminster Magistrates Court, eventually being let into the building, today as Judge Vanessa Baraitser rules on whether Julian Assange will be granted bail today after she ruled he would not be extradited to the US on Monday.
Clair Dobbin for the US government says the court should be in no doubt as to Mr Assange's resources and abilities to organise flights to other countries and the readiness of other states to house Assange.
Jan 4, 2021 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
At the Old Bailey this morning awaiting Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruling on the extradition to the US of Julian Assange. Assange faces 17 charges for receiving, possessing and disclosing classified documents related to the national defence, and one charge for computer misuse.
BREAKING: Julian Assange WILL NOT be extradited to the US. Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decided extradition would be oppressive – she orders his discharge and explains the US have a right to appeal against this decision. Assange will remain in custody.
Nov 19, 2020 • 135 tweets • 20 min read
Returning to the Old Bailey for the continuation of the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex in 2019. Yesterday Eamonn Harrison began giving his evidence. Harrison is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.
Returning to the events of the 22nd October, Mr Williamson QC - representing Mr Harrison - shows the jury a map of Bierne recording the location of Harrison's lorry just before 0900 that morning.
Oct 29, 2020 • 17 tweets • 2 min read
Back at the Old Bailey again today for the continuation of the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 migrants - however I will not be live tweeting as the feed is breaking up too much. I will summarise as we go along.
This morning the jury have heard evidence surrounding the movements of each of the 39 individuals before they reached the trailer.
Oct 28, 2020 • 88 tweets • 12 min read
Returning to the Old Bailey today for the continuation of the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in a lorry last October.
Yesterday the court heard the 999 call made by Maurice Robinson in the moments after he discovered the bodies in the back and were shown footage of the moment he opened the back doors of the truck, vapour escaping as he opened the doors.
Oct 27, 2020 • 74 tweets • 10 min read
Back at the Old Bailey today for the continuation of the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in the back of a lorry in Essex on October 23 last year
Police analyst Catherine Taylor continues the timeline of events of the 22nd Oct 2019 at 1400 UK time Eamonn Harrison delivered the trailer to Zeebrugge with the container being loaded onto the ship at 1500 UK time. Harrison then moved away from Zeebrugge towards the Netherlands
Oct 22, 2020 • 98 tweets • 15 min read
Returning to the Old Bailey today for the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in a refrigerated trailer in Essex on October 23 last year.
Mr Judge Sweeney begins by explaining to the jury that they will this morning receive some agreed facts in a document. Mr Polnay for the prosecution will deal with these.
Oct 21, 2020 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
LATEST the Essex Lorry trial at the Old Bailey - today the jury heard how a warehouse worker found traces of human activity 'disguised' among a consignment of Bakewell tarts and macaroons five days before 39 Vietnamese migrants died in the same trailer.
Truck driver Eamonn Harrison & British-Romanian Gheorghe Nica stand charged with 39 counts of Manslaughter. Valentin Calota & Christopher Kennedy are also said to have been part of a smuggling ring driving truckloads of foreign nationals into the UK.
Oct 8, 2020 • 96 tweets • 13 min read
Back at the Old Bailey today for the continuation of the opening in the trial in relation to the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in a refrigerated trailer in Essex on October 23 2019. Proceedings from 1030 this morning.
Emlyn Jones QC begins by tracing Eamonn Harrison's location on the 10th Oct. On this date he was in Nieppe. EJ QC says this is significant because we see him returning to this location on a number of occasions, which is important when trying to work out where the migrants joined
Mar 12, 2020 • 148 tweets • 20 min read
Back at the Old Bailey today for day 3 of the PC Harper trial. Brian Altman QC for the prosecution wrapped up the opening yesterday and so today we are on to the first witnesses.
Mr Justice Edis QC addresses the jury explaining that they are about to begin hearing the evidence of the case. Explaining that someone the witnesses that will be heard this morning will be in the form of witness statements.
Jul 9, 2019 • 231 tweets • >60 min read
Back at Newcastle Crown Court for the continuing cross examination of Carl Beech, the man formerly known as “Nick”. Yesterday the court heard how Beech interchanged “Aubrey”, “John” and his best man John Prance when discussing the alleged abuse he suffered as a child.
Beech takes to the witness box. Badenoch QC begins by looking at Beech’s claim for compensation.
Jul 8, 2019 • 222 tweets • >60 min read
At Newcastle Crown Court today for the trial of Carl Beech. Cross examination expected to begin later today. Last week the court heard Beech describe the abuse he alleges he suffered at the hands of a VIP paedophile ring and he admitted to lying about having child abuse images.
Carl Beech takes to the witness box sporting the same outfit as last week - dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Jul 5, 2019 • 104 tweets • 14 min read
Back at Newcastle Crown Court today for the trial of Carl Beech as he continues his evidence in chief. Yesterday Beech detailed the alleged abuse he suffered at the hands Jimmy Savile, Harvey Proctor and Lord Brittan - among others -reiterating that he stands by his claims.
Mr Beech takes to the witness box wearing a dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Jul 4, 2019 • 198 tweets • 25 min read
At Newcastle Crown Court again today at the trial of Carl Beech, as he continues his evidence. Yesterday the defendant spent over three hours detailing his alleged abuse. Collingwood Thompson QC for the defence will continue his questioning this morning.
Carl Beech takes to the witness box wearing what looks to be the same dark blue jumper, beige trousers and black trainers.
Jul 3, 2019 • 181 tweets • 21 min read
Back at Newcastle Crown Court for the opening of the defence in the trial of Carl Beech, who is charged with 12 counts of Perverting the Course of Justice and 1 of Fraud. The defendant, Carl Beech - also known as “Nick” - is expected to take to the stand today.
*Carl Beech is expected to take to the witness box
May 17, 2019 • 88 tweets • 11 min read
Back once again at Newcastle Crown Court for the trial of Carl Beech - today DS Mark Lewis of Wiltshire Police is set to continue his evidence. Yesterday closed with DS Lewis explaining that he had opened enquiries into finding “Aubrey” the boy Carl said was also abused.
On the 19 April 2013 DS Lewis received an email from Beech asking to discuss what info was found in military records concerning his step father. DS Lewis said there were few remaining lines of enquiry and that he was satisfied that Major Raymond Beech was deceased
May 16, 2019 • 66 tweets • 9 min read
And so we return from lunch at Newcastle Crown Court for the continuation of evidence from DS Lewis in the trial of Carl Beech
Before lunch Mr Beech had been summarising the punishments he had been subject to
May 15, 2019 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Back for day 2 of the opening of the trial of Carl Beech, the man formerly known as “Nick” whose allegations led to a £2m police investigation into a non-existent high profile paedophile ring. Trial set to continue from 1030.
Tony Badenoch QC opens day 2 of the trial of Carl Beech by returning to the pen-knife and the military epaulettes that Mr Beech says fell from an individual who sexually abused him
May 14, 2019 • 86 tweets • 11 min read
Today I’m at Newcastle Crown Court for the opening of the trial of Carl Beech - who is accused of making false allegations of the “most serious kind” against senior public figures in Parliament, the military, the intelligence services and a showbiz personality, Jimmy Saville.
Opening the case, Tony Badenoch QC explains to the jury, the investigation that was sparked from Mr Beech’s allegations - Operation Midland - opened in Nov 2014 and ran to estimated costs of £2m