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News and Comment August 2012

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5 August (Part 3) - Maybe the CPS is even more incompetent than we thought

Councillor Seymour's police statementI know, because I heard the Judge read out the letter in full, that the Prosecution’s request for an Adjournment was dated only two days before Olly Cromwell’s scheduled Appeal. The Judge said that councillor Melvin Seymour’s excuse of the imminent arrival of a grandchild was lame in the extreme but he was less harsh on councillor Bauer’s house move.

It has been suggested to me, and it is not entirely implausible given the incompetence of the Crown Prosecution Service at every stage of this long drawn out saga , that Sandra Bauer told the CPS about her domestic problem in good time but that they failed to react quickly enough. I am happy to put forward this alternative scenario. I can’t see how a longer period of notice would make Seymour’s excuse any more acceptable, less so if anything, but maybe Sandra, who moved house last Thursday (†), was let down by the CPS. It’s a possibility, no more, but I like to be fair. The Thursday/Friday mix up is still awaiting a completely satisfactory explanation.

Why someone would allow the associated statement to stand when at the very least a serious misunderstanding has arisen beats me. But then honourable conduct and Bexley councillors are more often than not, strangers to each other.

† Sandra Bauer wrote on Facebook that she did not really move hose, she put her furniture in store and moved in with her mother on the day before the Court hearing. A screenshot exists but cannot be posted because it would reveal who passed it to me.


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