It was reported in early August 2015 that Gordon Anglesea’s trial had been arranged for September. However the shock to most people was that it was not September 2015 but the provisional trial date was fixed for September 5, 2016. 
Many people are asking questions along the lines “Why is a trial in which the defendant is a 78 year old man have to be delayed for over a year? It appears to make no sense.”
This works both ways. If a man is innocent then it is unfair to keep him waiting that long. Conversely if he is guilty then he may evade justice by dying before he gets to be tried.Victims would be denied justice.
In cases of child sexual abuse, the victims of a child sexual abuse case may have had excruciating memories from their childhood, previously repressed or contained, brought back into their conscious mind by police interviews. They are likely to be having flashbacks and nightmares and reliving the abuse time and time again, and being driven out of their minds again..and they are being made to wait this absurdly long period of time?
Victims lives on hold whilst the powers that be play. The likelihood is that these people have been let down multiple times before by various authorities, including the justice system. Somehow most keep going and doing what they are asked to do in the name of justice at a tremendous cost to themselves.
Victims do this in the hope that children in future do not have go through what they themselves have been through. A truely noble aim derailed by a grubby and opaque system. Treated like dirt again, as pawns in a system that does not consider them.
In this case some witnesses are likely to have been waiting since before Anglesea’s first arrest (of this current investigation) in Dec 2013.
North Wales child sexual abuse has been subject of various inquiries and cover ups, allegations of high profile people involved , children trafficked to London , intelligence service involvement as well as police refusal to cooperate with inquiries, allegation of police involvement in abuse and freemasonry involvement.
Many peoples are suspicious that the establishment or powers that be, are contriving for delay so that defendants die, can be killed, or diagnosed with dementia; and victims and witnesses die, withdraw from the process or be otherwise discredited
Delay will help stop the truth of child sexual abuse and its extent from coming out and mean justice is otherwise subverted so that guilty high profile figures are protected and any fallout is limited. Delay is a win win for the establishment and the guilty.
What is the official reason for the delay?
I emailed the publicly available email address email@example.com and received a reply back from the listings manager of Mold Crown Court which said
“The reason for the delay in the listing of the trial in this case is due to the fact that
this defendant is part of a number of defendants who are being dealt with under Operation
Pailial [sic] in North Wales. The other defendants cases have already been listed for trial and they also go into the next year. Earlier dates were canvassed in court but due to ongoing investigations and counsel availability the date for trial was agreed in court by all
parties. The trial is due to take up 6 weeks.”
On asking if it would be ok to blog this information I was told that there were reporting instructions in place but that they would check with the judge if it would be ok to do so.
Word came back from J Wheatley, the Business Support Manager of HMCTS Wales firstname.lastname@example.org “the trial judge has confirmed that nothing in the message you have been given by the court would contravene the reporting restrictions on the case concerned. We cannot comment further on whether you should publish the information on your blog.”
As the whole subject of reporting restrictions was new to me, keen to abide by the law but also wanting to learn I asked why there were reporting instructions and what they were, so I check for myself, instead of having to run everything I wanted to say past a judge. I received back this reply
“In any case which relates to an alleged sexual offence, the Sexual Offences (Amendment)
Act 1992  introduces automatic restrictions which are designed to protect the identity of
the complainant as follows:
‘no matter likely to lead members of the public to identify a person as the person against
whom the offence is alleged to have been committed (“the complainant”) shall during the
complainant’s lifetime be published in England and Wales in a written publication
available to the public or be included in a relevant programme for reception in England
and Wales'” [3a]
So I read this, as anonymity for the victim (complainant) and so there is no problem to blog this information. The back and forth for all this has wasted a month and so I can now release this simple bit of information. Why is everything made so complicated???
The reasons given for the delay are “due to ongoing investigations and counsel availability the date for trial was agreed in court by all parties.”
“Ongoing investigations” is a vague coverall that could mean anything. What are these invesigations going on and how do they affect the court date? Why are they going on after the defendant has been charged? I do not believe this is a valid excuse.
“Counsel availability” is again vague. Whose counsel? If it is the prosecution counsel from the CPS then it is not an acceptable delay. Employ a different counsel. The delay is in conflict with the needs of the victims and witnesses. It is very dangerous ground to go down to suggest that it is the defence counsel that is responsible for these delays. Then they are subject to all sorts of accusations of a conflict of interest between justice and the needs of their client and themselves. I do not believe this is a valid excuse.
The third statement put forward was that all parties agreed this date. Who are “all parties?”. Does this means all the victims and witnesses were consulted? Does it just mean that the CPS lawyer agreed with the defence lawyer and it suited them to have a fully booked schedule for the next year or so? I do not believe this is a valid excuse.
It should not matter whether individual parties in a particular case agree to a certain date. With the importance of this case and its history (of which I have touched on a minute fraction in this post), the wider situation and its implications for British Justice then somebody with a stategic view of the Justice system should be overseeing this crass decision and changing it.
In this regard I am going to email this post to the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Are there any guidelines for how Judges, CPS, Court Service, Justice Department or whoever should behave in these circumstances? I do not know.
I do know that what is going on does not abide by that famous aphorism from Lord Chief Justice Hewart.
“It is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. ”
Justice delayed is justice denied is also a legal maxim which is applicable.
Quite simply the decision to put a date so far in the future should be revisited and an earlier court date be set.
I would urge others interested in the delay in this case to contact the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions at the CPS, The Court Service -HMCTS and their MPs. Some contact details are below    [12a]
It should be noted that previous child sexual abuse cover ups have thought to even involve the holder of the Attorney General position but not the present occupier.
If the court date is not brought forward, then it will be clear to many that justice is the furthest thing from the mind of those running the justice system
Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers. National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]. Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog. Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
 2015 Aug 7 Wales Online Former police chief charged with historic sex offences will face trial next year http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/former-police-chief-charged-historic-9810298
 Court and Tribunal Finder https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/search/
 1992 Sexual Offences Amendment Act http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/34/contents
 2014 Sept 11 Paddy French ANOTHER RE-BAIL FOR GORDON ANGLESEA https://paddyfrench1.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/another-re-bail-for-gordon-anglesea/
 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Sussex_Justices,_ex_p_McCarthy#Ruling Justice seen to be done quote
 2015 Jul 11 Rebecca Television GORDON ANGLESEA CHARGED https://paddyfrench1.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/gordon-anglesea-charged/
 2015 Jul 16 Daily Post Child sex probe top cop Gordon Anglesea told he can’t have his passport back http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gordon-anglesea-passport-north-wales-9668891
 Wikipedia North Wales Child Abuse Scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Wales_child_abuse_scandal
 Initial email address for Justice System email@example.com
 J Wheatley, the Business Support Manager of HMCTS Wales firstname.lastname@example.org
 @attorneygeneral Email email@example.com Telephone 020 7271 2492 Media enquiries 020 7271 2484 / 2465 / 2440 Media enquiries out of hours pager 07623946316
 Scallywag Robert Banks http://www.scribd.com/doc/263203553/Robert-Banks-MP-former
 1994 Scallywag Issue 422 Lord Mcalpine and the Paedophile Ring http://www.scribd.com/doc/260518041/Lord-Mc-Alpine-and-the-Paedophile-Ring
[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html
[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/
This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email firstname.lastname@example.org
cathyfox the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free