Aged over 90, Norman Scarth continues to be victim turned starfighter and veteran McKenzie Friend par excellence.
Regarding Peter Hofschroer (left) who is A3324DJ in HMP Hull, he writes:
To The Court Manager, Teesside Crown Court. MOST URGENT!
We understand that the trial of Regina v Peter Hofschroer (case number T20140525) may be taking place today, Monday 4th January 2016.
We ask you to ensure that a copy of the message below is delivered to whichever judge is presiding at the trial, to the defence lawyers, & to Mr Hofschroer himself. (The text is attached as a Word document, for ease of printing.)
To the judge presiding at the trial of Mr Peter Hofschroer, which we understand is to to take place at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 4th January 2016.
The trial was originally listed to take place in York Crown Court in July 2015. Several months before that date, I wrote to ‘Peace Legal’ (the solicitors then acting for Mr Hofschroer) telling them
“I have VITAL evidence to give to the jury if Mr Hofschroer’s case ever comes to trial, but that, being over 90 years of age, I would not be able to travel from Ireland, where I now live, so would not be able to attend in person, but could do so by video link, or Skype, or similar.
I did ask Peace Legal to pass this information on to whichever lawyers might be acting for Mr Hofschroer at the trial, if it should not be themselves. As far as I know, they did so, but I never heard more from either Peace Legal, or any other lawyers.
I also sent a similar message to York Crown Court, but again, heard nothing more.
I remind you that in Article 6.1, The European Convention on Human Rights says, “In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time
(With no reasonable grounds for refusing bail, he has now been held in custody for 13 months, during which time he has been ILLEGALLY denied the ‘equality of arms’ he was entitled to under the law, vital to be able to prepare his defence properly!) <snip>
2.Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
3.Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following MINIMUM rights:
(d) to examine or have examined witnesses against him and to obtain the attendance and examination of witnesses on his behalf under the same conditions as witnesses against him”.
As said, I have VITAL information the jury needs to hear to be able to arrive at a proper verdict. As I have been denied the opportunity to give that evidence to the jury, this ‘trial’ cannot possibly be ‘Fair’ by ECHR standards.
Associate & Honorary Secretary of The Article 6 Group.
Athlone, Republic of Ireland.