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News and Comment February 2012

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26 February (Part 1) - Free speech v dishonesty - The trial

Melvin Seymour and Sandra BauerThe much deferred trial of Olly Cromwell is on again. This time it is at Greenwich Court 1 at 10 a.m. on Friday 13th April 2012. Sandra Bauer, the Bexley councillor whose cunning stunt of tittle-tattling what she thought she had seen on Twitter to her good friend councillor Melvin Seymour and convincing him that Olly had been “urging people to put dog faeces through my letter box” is to be called as a witness. In his signed statement to the police Melvin Seymour said Olly referred to councillors as “lying, stealing, cheating ****s” and that because of Olly’s activities “both my address and my daughter’s addresses are in the public domain” and he “feared for the safety of my family”.

As has been made clear before, Olly did not put Seymour’s address or anyone else’s in the public domain, that statement was a product of Seymour’s imagination and presumably part of a spiteful attempt to cause Olly maximum trouble. Seymour placed his address in the public domain by standing as a councillor and allowing Bexley council to name him as a recommended painter and decorator. It seems that Olly’s allegation of lying and cheating was not too wide of the mark.

Everyone is welcome to turn up and listen to Sandra Bauer and see if she is going to be more truthful in court than Seymour was in his police statement.

Note dated 17th August 2012. At an appeal hearing where both Seymour and Bauer were called as witnesses and cross examined it became clear that it was Seymour who had dishonestly exaggerated the content of the Tweet in order to attempt a miscarriage of justice and Bauer had merely sent him a copy and took no part in its embellishment.


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