Friday, January 20, 2012

The Stonehaven Trial So Far

An extended adjournment until Monday has allowed me to post this update on the trial`s progress.

To begin with, I must thank all those kind, loyal and courageous people who had come again to Stonehaven yet again to support me. They have come from other parts of Scotland and even England in their own time and at their own considerable expense. I am deeply moved by such support, which has been a source of great strength to me.

Perhaps a very pertinent and basic question that is arisen as to why I have been prosecuted at all for a Breach of the Peace, which is intended to protect the public in general, not a specific number of individuals who have been identified by letter of other means of communication. Virtually all of the civilian witnesses brought by the prosecution who claim to have been upset by me comprise some of those named as alleged abusers or victims by Hollie.

A perfectly adequate legal remedy exists for those concerned - defamation.

I have always invited anyone who regards my publication of the allegations to be unfair or inaccurate to challenge me.

No-one, either individually or collectively has chosen to take this logical civil route that would have the most appropriate one, at no cost to the people of Scotland. Instead, even prior to the trial, an estimated half a million pounds of taxpayers` money has been spent on prosecuting me on a simple summary charge. It is an issue of possible misuse of much-needed public funds that may justifiably be put to the Scottish establishment, including leading politicians.

The most interesting cross-examination so far has been that of DC Lisa Evans by defence counsel Andy Lamb QC. The prosecution in fact attempted to obstruct Mr Lamb from doing so in the manner he intended, which led to an unexpected adjournment on Wednesday.

DC Evans was the Grampian Police officer who interviewed Hollie on 8th September 2009, at which I was present. Hollie, displaying an astonishing degree of courage and composure, clearly related her rape ordeals during the formal questioning that lasted three and a half hours. It was the most harrowing discussion I have ever witnessed and left me with a lasting admiration for the fortitude under pressure of this extraordinary young woman.

Such was the power and sincerity of Hollie`s evidence, backed by the knowledge that the state had earlier accepted the overwhelming probability of the truth of Hollie`s allegations by paying her £13, 500 from the CICA, that I then believed that even Grampian Police could no longer ignore the necessity for a full investigation. An action of this type would naturally have led to all those named being interviewed, along with the seizure or examination of their computers of those that used them, a normal procedure where serious allegations of child-sex crimes exist.

During the cross-examination of the alleged abusers and victims, all stated that they had never been approached by the police following Hollie`s allegations.

In the circumstances, it may be of significance that DC Evans was among the four officers who raided my home whilst I was held in custody in Aberdeen. No inventory of the items removed was ever left with me, but among the missing items were two notebooks which I used to record details of Hollie`s interview with Evans. Neither of these important documents was returned to the defence by the Crown. Under pressure from my legal team, it is understood that one has now been "found", but there is still no sign of the other.

When cross-examined by Mr Lamb, Evans even attempted to mislead the court about the exact layout of the area where the interview took place.

Much was made by the prosecution of the items seized from my home that day, including a list of the alleged perpetrators that I had sent out that has been used against me. In his quiet but penetrative way, Mr Lamb asked DC Evans if any of the names that appeared on that list corresponded with any of the names provided to her by Hollie.

The officer admitted that there were.

Thus, there can be no rational explanation for the total lack of action in Grampian Police not contacting named individuals following the 8th September 2009 interview.

The alleged abusers all stated in court that they were entirely innocent. If this is true, then Grampian Police has failed them also, because if they had been questioned, had their computers checked and it had been found that no evidence existed to justify a prosecution, I could have no longer been in a position to realistically continue my subsequent actions in support of Hollie`s case and there would have been no grounds to prosecute me at all

Naturally, the matter of the true facts behind death of Robert David Greig is an issue that cannot possibly go away.Only a full and reliable investigation is acceptable. 

7 comments:

  1. I don't really know what to say, except to express my disgust at how Grampian Police have behaved.

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  2. Robert, I can only say again "well done" you have managed to maintain a magnificent campaign, against unbelievable opposition.
    And all on behalf of a young lady so brutally abused.
    Those who have opposed your efforts must surely face Justice in some other court, in the future.
    And those that now give witness against you, under whatever pressure, and for whatever reason, must now know that they will face a more intrusive investigation.
    I am amazed at the never ending twist and turns of this ongoing saga,I look forward to reading the book!

    Wishing you the very best of results (in-spite of no Jury)?
    Regards, Brendan.

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  3. This reminds me of a case a friend replayed to me about when she tried to alert the authorities to the abuse a 4 year old child was being subjected to by the father. The child was viciously punched in the face by the father in front of her. The child was so afraid of the father he used to cling to my friend when he had to go with the father. The child also said something that indicated he was being sexually abused.

    My friend went to the police and the local council with her concerns but was fobbed off. The father then moved the family out of the borough and that was the last she saw of the child.

    The attitude of the police and the council disgusted her and to this day she still thinks about the little boy who those who could and should have helped him, didn't want to know. The affects of child abuse are felt by many and those who look the other way, seek to cover up and protect the abusers are just as guilty as the abusers. It breaks my heart. Like my friend I also think about the little boy who was so badly let down by the authorities.

    Warm regards

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  4. Reports suggest that the prosecution are relying heavily on the 'upset' caused by the 'Stolen Kids' blog... Authored and entirely controlled by Greg Lance-Watkins.

    I have often said that the correct route here would have been via a defamation action, and in that respect Watkins (primarily) should be in the dock.

    The PF seems to be arguing (on dubious grounds IMHO) Robert as publisher of the 'SK' blog; yet surely forensic examination of his computer does not support that? Similarly, 'Blogger' will have IP records as to where that blog WAS edited from.

    Presumably the Police DID check with them???

    Bear in mind that just because a document or text was sent and (as is his custom) copied, pasted and published by GLW does not evidence Robert's endorsement or party to that publication.

    I do hope the defence is considering drawing evidence from blogger and engaging an expert witness to refute the PFs assertion with regard to authorship and publication of this material.

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  5. Hi friends, if you are reading this Blog, and following Rob's struggle for justice, then I advise you to have a look at this web page:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1171744/The-alleged-victims-Jersey-child-abuse-inquiry-expect-justice-reveals-detective-centre-case.html

    This is a parallel case of 'cover up' and 'corruption', and the authorities 'don't seem to notice-don't seem to care'.
    Robert is being persecuted because the cover-up and corruption in his case, is so blatant it could lift the lid on similar cess-pits from 'John'o'groats' too 'lands end'.

    Best regards, Brendan.

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