Wednesday June 19, 2013
England's Devastated Family
Musa family before UK courts decided to pursue them relentlessly; inside observers say the Haringey Council is simply unable to admit it is wrong for the sake of ego.
(LONDON) - Thanks to all those who turned up at Wood Green Crown Court on Day 1 of the Musas’ criminal Trial. We were in Court 2 under Judge Patrick and Court 2 only had seating for some 10 persons in the Public Gallery and we were way more than 10 and had to sit 2-3 to a seat and some were dismissed from the courtroom altogether.
In the lunch-hour we petitioned the Judge to get us moved to a bigger courtroom, with the result that we’ll be in Court 5 from tomorrow morning which is slightly roomier but not much, if memory serves.
Judge Patrick made 2 things very plain to all those assembled before him today:
1) he wants to keep strict time in these proceedings in order that the case will not have to run into 5, 6 or even 7 weeks over the original 4 allocated. Every day will start at 10 am sharp and run to 4.30 pm (might occasionally overrun to 4.45 if a key witness is still not quite finished) ;
b) in deference to Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the RCJ Family Division, he is imposing a ‘Blanket Ban’ as he put it on all public reporting of these proceedings, including on the internet. He was informed that reporting was still going on on the Gloria Musa word press site and immediately went on line to check that, then mumbled something about ‘contempt of court’ and ‘imprisonment’. By the same token he absolutely would not allow anyone in the public gallery to take notes unless they could show professional reasons for doing so. A few requests then went up to his bench from members of the press including a Daily Mail reporter.
I of course didn’t qualify for a dispensation so couldn’t take notes, therefore it will not be possible to go into much detail in my daily reports, simply to give an idea of the way things are unfolding and what has been chiefly at issue day by day. This may work out better as I have a reasonable grasp of the case by now having helped the Musas as a McKenzie friend in the family proceedings, so will hopefully be able to follow reasonably easily and pick out the important points.
LB Haringey is being represented by a Ms Smith (whom I haven’t yet been able to identify out of dozens of legal Smiths but will ask her first name tomorrow) with DC Sewart and a female colleague sitting immediately behind her, while the Musa’s legal team is headed by David Owusu http://www.1mcb.com/people/
Chiwar and Gloria sat quietly in the dock, having been told firmly by the judge they can’t intervene (Chiwar put his hand up a couple of times). Most of the day was allocated to selecting the jury out of some 15 (?) volunteers and 10 (?) ‘conscripted’ potential jurors and making sure those shortlisted for jury-panelling down to the final 12 are not connected in any way with Haringey Social Services, Child Protection service or Contact service. Counsel for the Defence objected to one lady being from LB Barnet Social Services, the Musas having resided in Barnet prior to coming to live in Haringey. The judge tetchily asked him to substantiate why this posed a problem? and didn’t uphold the objection.
With a kind of wry grin, as if attempting to be humorous, Judge Patrick then told the jurors that they too are not allowed to go online to research the case and were reminded that 3 jurors have recently been sent to jail for doing just that.
The jury were then sent off home till tomorrow and the rest of the day’s proceedings were given over to discussing the programme for the week and the judge finding out if both sides were ready to go, with bundles complete and expert witnesses lined up? Mr Owusu asked to be supplied with missing pages 1-3 of the key medical bundle relating to the 6th child Q’s hospitalisation on 28th June. Since the events of this day had led to her being removed from her parents and the parents being arrested and charged, it was crucial to have all the pages of this particular bundle. Ms Smith said that all the relevant pages were there but had been “re-calibrated” . This was laid on one side for the moment but further questions will undoubtedly be asked.
It appears that the focus of this week will be on the events of 28th June 2011 as this concerns the most deeply ‘criminal’ of the multiple charges against the parents, that not only have they abused and neglected their older children, they have apparently attempted to murder their baby. In the latest family proceedings which I attended as a McKenzie friend, Hon Justice Charles reiterated firmly that he was proceeding with the case according to how the facts before him by that time stood, Chiwar or Gloria or both having been ‘found’ by Sir Nicholas Wall, the top Family judge, to have committed acts of cruelty on their 5 older children and to have attempted to poison their 6th child, Baby Q. For this reason Charles J had seen no option but to uphold Haringey’s and the Guardian’s urgent insistence that the 7th child, Baby N born in prison on 9th March 2012 should be removed from his mother immediately at birth and denied breast-milk since it is now established ‘fact’ that this mother is a danger to her babies as well as to her older children.
Hence the issue of Baby Q having been wilfully drugged or poisoned by her parents raises the present proceedings to the level of a murder or attempted murder inquiry, therefore this will be dealt with first in line before the other issues of child cruelty & neglect which although serious, are not deemed to have been life-threatening.
The judge adjourned around 3 pm, enabling the Defence team to spend useful time down in the cells with their clients and also to consult a supporter who is a Biomedical specialist, who although she insisted she was not an expert, thanks to her scientific & medical knowledge was able to interpret the medical notes and shed a lot of very useful and timely light on what had gone on in St Thomas’ hospital re. Baby Q on 28th June 2011. Defence’s own expert witness/Toxicologist had already disappointed them in concluding from her clearly less than adequate perusal of the medical log for 28th June that the parents had indeed administered toxic substances to the baby very early that morning, in fact at 5 am. Searching questions will now be put to this Toxicologist who may have to revise what she has been intending to present to the court this week and be forced to actually study the medical notes a good deal more carefully than she has so far done.
Court reconvenes at 9.50 tomorrow, Court 5. Let’s maintain a good attendance!
Past Salem-News.com reports on the Musa case:
May-20-2012: Haringey Council: Worst of all Child Snatching Cases in Criminal Court Next 4 Weeks - Salem-News.com
Mar-11-2012: Application to Adjourn Proceedings Ignored by Family Court - Salem-News.com
Jan-19-2012: Where is Favour Musa? - Salem-News.com
Dec-26-2011: The M Case - 6 Children Stolen by a London Council -Salem-News.com
Nov-29-2011: Musas Arrested in London, all Family Members Now in Custody - J. Graham for Salem-News.com
Nov-27-2011:: Criminal Complaint To Haringey Police station - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2011: Open Letter to Amnesty International - Please Help! - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2011: World Attention Focuses on UK Political Prisoners: Musa Family and Aviation Adventurer Maurice Kirk - Tim King Salem-News.com
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