These two will appear before Southwark Crown Court tomorrow at 9:30am.
I am still recommending that important witnesses who value their anonymity do not attend themselves.
Last time it was at the Magistrates Court. The two didn’t even enter a formal plea and the entire proceedings were over pretty quickly. I expect the same thing again this time. TV cameras filmed all those who entered the court even though no TV station carried a story on the arraignment.
It’s not just because the press will be there precisely because they want to see who turns up, it could actually cause a problem for any future trial if two former residents of Grafton met in the public gallery of the court. Stingemore and McSweeney’s lawyers could try to suggest to a jury that any conversation might have been to corroborate or concoct their stories.
I didn’t go last time and I will not be going this time as I don’t think it will be worth it. Regardless of whether the two enter a formal plea or not they’ll be other better opportunities.
I can wait, I hope you all can too.