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I really should not be wasting any more time on this, as there are more important things I should be doing, but this is something that needs to be attended to.

Following on from an earlier post on this site, where I highlighted the conspiratorial nature of a claim made by the barrister Barbara Hewson, she has not only reiterated that claim, which is that I am somehow part of some fictitious ‘team’ of online trolls, she has now doubled-down, and made an even more outlandish claim.

On 13 January 2019, in a post on her blog entitled ‘The Devil’s Cleaners – Part VI’, she published the following:

Which is correct, inasmuch as I was charged, and subsequently convicted of malicious communications; however, Ms. Hewson follows that with a somewhat bizarre inference, that the person who had got me convicted, was then arrested himself a few weeks later, as ‘Retaliation’ for what had happened to me.

Not only is this new claim as equally ridiculous as her  ‘Troll Team’ claim, it also has an palpable air of desperation about it, which is, as recent events have shown, completely understandable.

What I believe Ms. Hewson is doing, is attempting to distract her readers away from what I will suggest as being the real reason for the Met police arresting her friend at his home, and unlike Ms. Hewson, I will not rely solely on any one person’s skewed narrative to support my version ….

So with that in mind, would it be that hard to believe that Ms. Hewson’s friend was not arrested as a retaliation, nor was it an act of revenge, when in fact, Ms. Poulton had herself been subjected to a long online campaign of harassment, which included a number of threats to her person.

I am not aware of everything that Ms. Poulton endured, but if she had received even one-half of what myself and my family were subjected to for years, then she was, in my opinion, fully entitled to report the perpetrator, with the view to getting him prosecuted.

The following tweets are only a small cross-section of what was publicly posted, which are, you may agree, directed at one person, and one person only.

‘BEHEAD yourself’?

‘She’s finished but I like to pour concrete on graves’?

Those tweets are a random selection of dozens, perhaps hundreds, that were posted on that platform, and there were also a number of harassing videos posted to YouTube, as well as Facebook, Google + and dozens of blog posts, and any number of malicious, and what could be viewed as threatening comments, posted to a number of unrelated  websites.

This audio segment was extracted from one such Youtube video, which as well as attempting to belittle and ridicule Ms. Poulton, also reveals what I believe to be the source of Ms. Hewson’s claim, that Ms. Poulton and myself, were/are part of some fictitious #Teamoutlaw troll group.

 

This next audio segment, again extracted from a deleted Youtube video, is a whole lot darker, decidedly more disturbing, and was in my opinion, published online for one purpose; to harass and frighten it’s intended target.

Whether this ‘message’ was aimed directly at me, or at Ms. Poulton does not really matter, as it’s menacing tone can to my mind, only be interpreted one way – the speakers intent is a clear threat to somebody.

 

Taking all, or even some of the above into account, can Ms. Hewson still realistically claim that the person who posted those tweets, and produced those audio segments, was only arrested as a retaliation to something that happened to me?

Are those truly the actions of a totally innocent victim, caught up in a type of vendetta, or a knee-jerk revenge against him, as Ms. Hewson appears to be alluding to?

Especially as the examples I have posted here, predate his arrest by many months!

It also raises the question as to why Ms. Hewson is now going to such lengths to defend somebody, who she herself claimed was ‘abusing’ her, and had collected examples of said abuse as screenshots – a few months previously?

Which is a rather odd U-turn on Ms. Hewson’s part, would you agree?

What is not so strange, however, is Ms. Hewson’s deafening silence, on the recent news that the same man pleaded guilty to sending an offensive message to an un-named female, at Salisbury magistrates court last Friday (1 Feb), which earned him 80 hours Community Payback, a surcharge to his victim of £85, and £85 in costs.

I shall end this with a small video compilation I put together last night, which contains but a small selection of the online harassment and threats that have been aimed at myself, and my family, over a four year period from the same source(s).

For this first post of 2019, I have decided to write about a couple of things, which, to be honest, were/are of such little significance to me personally, that I have until this point in time, not had cause to give them a moment of serious thought.

However, as they are still being used by those who prefer to dwell in some of the more murkier corners of the www, as a stick, [albeit more of a pathetically thin twig in reality] to try and take swipes at me with, I am going to offer an alternative [and true] version.

As with most things that people read on the interwebs, there is almost always another side to any story, and as is often the case, that other side of the story, although decidedly less shouty, and altogether more measured and rational in it’s telling, is usually overlooked.

This article may also fall victim to that scenario, coming as it does more than a couple of years after the actual events, but what the hell, I am going to write it anyway.

I shall begin by telling you why I finally decided to put this into the public domain, as its as good a place to start as any.

I was sent a link to a blog on or around the 20th December 2018, written by none other than Barbara Hewson on the 13th December , entitled ‘The Devil’s Cleaners – Part 1’, where Ms. Hewson has begun to lay out what, to her mind at least, appears to be every imaginable sleight that has been leveled against her, and two of her associates.

I used to have a modicum of respect for Ms. Hewson, as I felt that she really had some interesting things to say, and on the surface at least, came across as someone who was not easily fooled, and could easily hold her own against anybody.

As a Barrister, I also assumed that she was a highly-intelligent woman, and one not prone to ‘conspiracy-type beliefs’, who was a staunch advocate for those who had been wrongly accused, and was scathing in her many dealings with those she believed made false allegations.

At least that is what I thought.

In the above mentioned ‘The Devil’s Cleaners’, Ms. Hewson has made a number of claims, and in one paragraph she states:

‘Poulton inhabits a criminal milieu. She ran two troll groups on Twitter: one named Troll Patrol in conjunction with her (now former) partner Lee Taylor Ryan, the “Lotto Lag”; and another named Team Outlaw, run in conjunction with Roydon Jones aka Outlaw Jimmy, who has a conviction for malicious communications ….’

You see what I mean about ‘conspiracy-type’ beliefs?

I cannot of course comment about whether her claim about Lee Ryan is true or untrue, but what I can do, is categorically state, that there is not, nor has there ever been, a ‘Team Outlaw’ in any capacity, and especially not in the format that Ms. Hewson states as fact.

That fantasy claim has been doing the rounds online, ever since Sonia Poulton posted a single Tweet in or around 2013, which contained the hashtag #TeamOutlaw, as a response to a few people, myself included, who had taken it upon ourselves to defend her from a group of Twitter bullies.

There never was a ‘Troll Team’ or a ‘Team’ of any type, it was a complete fabrication, concocted by the same group that were harassing and bullying Ms. Poulton on Twitter.

It is a fantasy which ranks alongside the claim(s) that this site is being funded by, and run, by the Greater Manchester Police, and/or the British Security Services – as was recently alleged in a video that appeared on YouTube.

Audio Version:

 

Ms. Hewson’s other claim is correct, however, I do have a conviction for malicious communication, it’s hardly a secret, I have never once denied it, but as Ms. Hewson appears to see it as something that she (and her associates) can use to define what kind of person I am, then you dear reader, are about to be told the real story.

The bizarre set of circumstances that led me to court, and the true details of the trial which handed down that conviction, have never before been made public, there has been an inordinate amount of hearsay, speculation and bullshit of course, but not a single, accurate, and honest account of what actually transpired.

Before I begin to lay that out for you, I will refer back to Ms. Hewson one more time, because even though I did once, as previously stated, have a modicum of respect for her, I remain somewhat puzzled by her behaviour.

I am perplexed by the way that she appears to despise those who make false and vexatious complaints, yet has [metaphorically] jumped headlong into a rather grotesque ménage à trois, with two of the most prolific and vexatious complainants that lurk online.

And I can state that with confidence, as I have been the recipient of a number of those entirely false and vexatious complaints/allegations, three of which, led to two arrests, and one which led to me being questioned under caution.

But that is another story altogether.

The true account of what led to my malicious communications trial, and ultimate conviction, will appear here in due course, and when you have read it, and digested the true facts, it will be your choice entirely as to whether you believe justice was indeed served, or something was really not quite right about the whole thing.

 

“This isn’t a court of Justice boy, this is a Court of law,” sang Billy Bragg in 1988 when he sang ‘Rotting on Remand.’

That song has always resonated with me for personal reasons, but that one line in the song sums up perfectly, the feeling that so many people must have experienced in Criminal Courts up and down this country over the years.

When a particularly horrific crime is committed, especially one that has been visited on a child, the public fury whipped up by the mainstream media is truly frightening.

The anger is understandable, the shock and disbelief that accompany the confusion that many people feel when confronted with a real-life horror story, is soon drowned by the clamour for ‘Justice’.

But at what price?

When the pursuit of Justice and revenge becomes strong enough, when the public are whipped into a baying mob by the mainstream media, it is all too often that the first casualty is the truth.

The lack of evidence is overlooked, the flimsiest circumstantial ‘proof’ is held up like a beacon, then paraded triumphantly at the head of the crowd, with any deviation from the story becoming trampled beneath the designer trainers and media spin.

And it happens more often than you think.

It is my opinion that the majority of the cases caught in the glare of the media spotlights, that involves the abduction and murder of children should be looked at again.

In fact, it is only the case of Shannon Matthews that has managed to bring the correct perpetrators to justice, mainly because Karen Matthews was an altogether rather stupid individual who tried to cash in on the public generosity and media fame that usually accompanies such events.

Many of these cases have been rigorously scrutinised since, and in nearly all it has been found that the most important omission, was the actual truth.

But then again, the law was seen to have been served in a very public way, and who am I to argue with the makers of such laws…….

“Has anybody else heard about the Iraq Historical Allegations Team? You wouldn’t have if you watch the BBC, or any Murdoch-Owned media versions of events following the invasion and subsequent occupation by NATO forces. I guess this must have somehow slipped through the net, as it clearly shows yet another example of deliberate news suppression, and how the Ministry of Defence are really spending your money.”

Iraqi nationals have called for a probe into alleged acts of brutality by the UK military during the Iraq war. Reports of beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, some involving women and children, were turned over to the UK High Court.

A group of lawyers representing 192 Iraqi citizens handed the 82-page report to the UK High Court yesterday, and asked for an independent inquiry into detention practices between 2003 and 2008. During the next three days of the hearing, the Court will rule whether the abuses were systematic and whether the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) is impartial enough to head an investigation.

In addition to the 192 Iraqi nationals currently being represented in the High Court, another 800 are taking legal action against the UK military.The MOD currently opposes an independent probe into the abuse reports, and argues that a wide-ranging public inquiry would be premature and disproportionate.

The MOD created an official body, the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT), to examine the cases.

The lawyers representing the Iraqis have insisted that the investigation must be carried out by an independent body because the IHAT is incapable of a balanced inquiry.

“Enough is enough. There must be a public inquiry in relation to the credible and prima facie cases of human rights violations perpetrated by the British military in Iraq from 2003 to 2009,” QC Michael Fordham told reporters outside Londons High Court.

The cases of torture documented by the report handed over to the High Court describe beatings, hooding, sleep deprivation and the sexual humiliation of detainees. The report also claimed that women, the elderly and some children were among those killed in attacks on civilians. Lawyers said that the abuse included unlawful detention, death in custody as well as threats of rape against Iraqis and their wives.

Phil Shiner, one of the lawyers representing the Iraqis, told reporters outside the High Court that there were “hundreds and hundreds” of Iraqis with “tens of thousands” of allegations of mistreatment.

“Some of the cases are truly shocking,” he said. “A 62-year-old grandmother who is led away alive, she is seen by her husband and her son alive, then found a few hours later in a British body bag very much dead, with signs of torture.”

Another case documented in the report tells of a tribal chief who was utterly humiliated in front of his family when soldiers broke into his home, arrested him, and then forced him to expose his genitals to his family, including the women.

“The military can’t investigate themselves, we need an independent judicial process here in London,” Shiner said.

MOD lawyers have assured the High Court that comprehensive steps are being taken to ensure that lessons are learned from the mistakes made in Iraq.

However, the MOD seems intent on glossing over its past failings: in December, the ministry paid over $22 million (£14 million) in compensation to hundreds of Iraqi citizens who claimed to have been illegally detained and abused by British forces posted in the country.

“In particular a significant amount of work has already been done to ensure that MOD policies and training on tactical questioning and interrogation are lawful and fit for purpose,” MOD lawyers said.

Most of the 227 who received compensation were men who claimed to have been tortured in custody.

The allegations included beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation.