Thursday, 20 August 2009

Innocent!


Calfy, October 1991

Calfy had her appeal today. A judge with respect for the law found her innocent. £15k and 14 months later, you should have seen her lovely face this evening. Radiant and relieved. Unburdened. You tax payers will be thrilled to know you have to pay our costs now, as well as the costs incurred by the CPS. :-)

Nu Labour has failed to undermine the judiciary to the extent it's Police would wish. The Judge was very interested in the law and evidence and proof. (Mind you, he was very old and thin and so his sort may not be a problem for the Police much longer.) He loved that her character witness was her Greek teacher. I love her Greek teacher. I also love her barrister, a gorgeous, minuscule, Irish dame.

31 comments:

Elby the Beserk said...

Factoid # 1 : 4 (FOUR) police officers lied to get Calfy convicted in the first place.

Big grins back here in Somerset Redneck country :-).

lilith said...

Yes, Elby, three police to every four protesters. How scared they must have been of my little girl.

fleetofworlds said...

That's wonderful news Lilith - made my day. Nice to hear the good guys winning for once!

Congratulations to you and Calfy!

lilith said...

Thank you Fleet, Calfy fought the Law and the Law lost :-)

lilith said...

(Actually the Police fought the Law and the Law won.)

idle said...

Are you sure you didn't snatch the infant Calfy from Carmen Miranda, lil?

Excellent news that she beat the rap. Scrumpy and wotsits all round at Batcombe soon. My shout.

(Now tell us what REALLY happened.....)

lilith said...

It is good news, isn't it Iders? :-)

I kept my child in a steel cage dressed as a flamenco dancer until she was two and a half....

It was Feria time in the village, so even at 15 months she had to look the part! (Another life, another country)

P.S Will tell all for a pint of cider...

Old Holborn said...

BINGO

Give her my fondest regards!

646 of them, 60,000,000 of us.

We will ALWAYS win when we remind them of the fact that for every one of them, there are 92,500 of us.

Well done!

Philipa said...

Lils - excellent news! So pleased that's all done and all worked out well. So very pleased :-))

My lawyer is a bit shit, I might trawl around for another. So glad Calfy had a good team and all is well. I feel like raising a glass to you right now, cheers!

electro-kevin said...

Well done Calfy !

But what about all the kudos and street cred she's now lost ???

rvi said...

At long last, a wee glimmer of light? Now just make sure her DNA record gets destroyed properly.

Scrobs... said...

Great news - Good Girl, GOOD GIRL!!!

When I saw that plod had charged her with 'Affray', I remembered the Elder Scrobs (who was a JP for hundreds of years), explaining how 'common assault', i.e a local punch-up outside a pub, was one thing, whereas 'affray' was much more serious, because it induced fear, anxiety and concern for the general safety of those nearby.

Sounds like the Nulab definition pinned on Calfy was definitely out of order, and while plod probably tried to argue that this was the case; (after all she is wearing a red scarf etc; very dangerous...), it wouldn't take a sane judge very long to see that it was impossible for such an event that Calfy was involved in - and quite rightly so, was nowhere near the seriousness of these actions.

Well done Lis, I know that you've been through the ringer on this, and now Calfers can begin to look forward to doing what she wants without having the Stazi picking though the hard disks every time she goes to the fridge...

Made my day this! x

Raedwald said...

Excellent!

Well done Calfy and well done all!

There can't be a magistrate or judge left in the country who actually believes the evidence of a constable in the witness box any longer (though plenty who will pretend to believe it)

Must feel like a huge weight lifted from you all. And that's cheered me up for the weekend no end.

The Lakelander said...

This is the best news I've read on a blog for ages.

Well done all for being prepared to tough it out through the legal system.

The British police seem to have given up chasing genuine criminals and now devote most of their time and efforts to harassing the middle classes and motorists.

idle said...

Lakelander, how dare you accuse Calfy of being middle class!

lilith said...

Well spotted Idle!...Lakes, you can call me middle class if you like :-)

Raedwald, it really does feel like a ton off our backs. Calfy's face was a picture.

Scrobs, it was so absurd. The Judge thought it absurd. If he had found Calfy guilty he would have set a precedent for wearing a red dress being inherently threatening behaviour.

RVI I have set her lawyer onto the DNA removal thing this morning. Her solicitors acted for Damien Green so I am hopeful.

Kev, the damage to her street cred is a worry. The Frome Massive have chucked her out.

Pip, a few glasses were raised across the country last night. A small victory. I recommend that you try and find a lawyer that is smarter than you...not easy in this day and age.

It is great isn't it Old Holborn. I am having Calfy measured for her burkha as I write.

It is so sweet that this news has made so many peoples' day, not just ours. Thank you all for your support. It has meant a great deal to us.

The Frome Massive said...

Yeah, but, no but

Bill Quango MP said...

Congratulations.
Not easy to beat the plod when they are trying to get out of admitting to a mistake.

lilith said...

It wasn't so hard in the end Bill. All that was required was a bench with respect for the law. I don't know what happens to the silly bitches who found her Guilty in the first place...probably nothing.

The Plod toned down their terror in their accounts this time...and the CPS had a chap for the prosecution who was not quite as smart as he thought he was, and was very rude to Calfy, which didn't help his case.

The Lakelander said...

Idle / Lilith:

You misunderstand me.

I was calling Calfy "a motorist."

lilith said...

Hmmmn, Lakes, I'll let you off :-) although strictly speaking Calfy is a proto motorist....except in the sense that she drives me to the edge frequently...

frome massive said...

Am I bovvered ?

Trubes said...

Lils, that is excellent news and I'm so glad Calfy was exonerated.

Drinka all round here to...Glasses to be raised at 5pm prompt!

Can't Calfy sue for wrongful arrest and prosecute the perjuring PC's ?

Then again, if she did, she would probably be marked out for some other minor offence, in the future.

The Police would be better employed seeking out real criminals, including, drug dealers, murdrers, child beaters and molesters etc.

Cheers! to y'all down Somerset way.

Di.x

lilith said...

Thanks Trubes :-) It has been a really good outcome. I hadn't realised how heavy it had made life until it was lifted. x

Tuscan Tony said...

Exceedingly well done to Calfy and her fine and supportive clan. In re para 1 of Elby's comment (i.e. No. 1 comment here) - oh, what a shocking surprise. Surely not. No. Impossible.

lilith said...

I am still high on the result TT. So relieved for Calfy, as it was really buggering up her both immediate and long term plans.

woman on a raft said...

Good news, I'm very pleased to hear it.

lilith said...

Thank you WoaR. It is fortunate that there are still Judges around with respect for the law even if the Police and CPS couldn't give a stuff.

Nick Drew said...

just returned from hols, excellent news to come back to !

congrats all round

fuchsia groan said...

I'm coming to this a bit late, but congrats from me also. As to the taxpayer contribution to costs, I don't mind a bit :-)

lilith said...

Thank you Nick and Fuchsia :-)