Bail granted but back in Perth…



In a sudden twist in the last few moments of what looked at last as if it was going to be 4th time lucky for Robert to get bail – the sheet with the conditions had been handed to Prisoner number 125799 and Mr Sweeney his solicitor had pledged to make sure his client would adhere to them – but then the Procurator Fiscal scuppered all of that by lodging an instantaneous Appeal, to be heard on Wednesday in Edinburgh!

With the result that Robert was led out of the courtroom the way he’d been brought in half an hour earlier, hand-cuffed between 2 female police officers and as Un-free as he’s been for the last nearly 92 days.

Exactly how this was engineered to happen was lost on me but it did seem to fit in with what a supporter had picked up of an exchange prior to the commencement of the proceedings, between a Grampian police officer and the Procurator Fiscal, who incidentally was not Andrew Shanks, with the Fiscal saying to the copper “you’ll get your remand” meaning the full maximum term for remand of 140 days, as was obviously the original plan. But the Sheriff had other ideas and certainly seemed to respond more favourably to Mr Sweeney, especially when the new element of Robert’s ill-health was introduced, having said which it is never quite clear what is really going on in Scottish proceedings and the Sheriff might have been happy to grant bail being secure in the knowledge that the Crown would be sure to appeal against it, as has happened.

Mr Sweeney took a few moments in the corridor outside to help clarify
matters for the benefit of us well-heeled or well-suited supporters of which I was not one but had nonetheless travelled up from London to attend these proceedings so was grateful for Mr Sweeney’s exposition as to.what had just gone on in Court 6 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and what might be about to follow. It was clear that he has a lot of personal sympathy for his client and is exasperated with the whole  situation – today’s hearing being  technically having been only the Plea hearing which I hadn’t understood – limping a bit re. Scottish legalities –  the case proper is to be heard in 2 week’s time, on Friday 30th May. Of course by rights Robert should have a full-blown barrister representing him against the Crown but SLAB will only fund Junior Counsel so once again what chance does he stand…on their turf! and here Mr Sweeney resorted to football metaphorics to explain what is really going on (if any people are more passionate about football than we English it is our not so distant cousins the Scots!).

At the same time since the charges have been demoted from ‘solemn’ to ‘ ‘summary’, as those bringing them, some 15 or 16 people from the Ferryhill district of Aberdeen know very well a jury would see straight through them and out the other side, the level of sentence has dropped down to a mere 6 months of which Robert has already served the required custodial half. It will require a degree of inventiveness never yet before seen even in Scotland, land of inventors! and Aberdeen, its ‘Wild East’ (Pyong Yang, anybody?!) to devise anything approaching a plausible rationale for keeping this ageing and ailing Englishman who has harmed no one in his whole life behind bars prior to the case even going to court. Despite even the best efforts of a group of seriously ‘alarmed & distressed’ people who (and their rep. at the Court this morning, waspish Maggie O’Neill aka Rachel Keeley of Cheltenham ‘GCHQ Rachel’ as I call her certainly reinforced) CARE NOTHING FOR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY DISABLED CHILDREN or they would be calling loudly like us to have Hollie’s main abuser, her own father notorious paedophile Denis Charles Mackie called in from wherever he is for questioning and preferably by other than Grampian police – how about Strathclyde police, my money’s still on them at this point in time but any force still adhering to its code of office in Scotland will do.

For the moment it’s vital next year’s Nobel Peace Laureate is released and goes home to recover his health with immediate effect.

Every day that a true gentleman such as Robert Green continues to be locked up unfairly in Scotland shames Scotland. 30th May 2014 is the absolute cut-off date for the continuance of this fiasco.

Original Article at Free Robert Green

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