The case against local blogger Julian Saunders for swearing and harassment toward Sandwell council chief executive has collapsed moments ago as video evidence was agreed by the judge to show not only that Saunders had not used the words claimed by Sandwell council’s witnesses, but also that the words had not been directed toward chief executive Jan Britton and were an aside to a bystander. The district judge immediately moved to a closing statement and a not-guilty verdict.
The prosecution’s application for a restraining order preventing Saunders contacting or communicating further with Britton was also refused.
This was a case that never looked like it should have been brought and the judge rightly assessed the video evidence as fatal to the prosecution’s case.
Frustrated reports back to their offices by local journalists overheard by the SKWAWKBOX outside the courtroom reflected the lack of substance to the case.
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