It is time to publish the details of my initial false arrest, which took place on 12th February 2010.
Due to lack of interest by the major political parties, who had all been copied in with the various expert witness statements, including one from the police, completely supporting Hollie`s claims of sexual abuse, I decided to run as a parliamentary candidate for Aberdeen South in the impending General Election.
I announced my intention widely and that I would be outside Marks & Spencers, on Union St, at 10.30hrs on 12th February in order to meet local people and journalists who may wish to hear what I had to say and to take any questions.
Just before the appointed time, I was apprehended by two detectives from Grampian Police, DS Drummond and DC Crowder, who arrested and handcuffed me and took me to . the city`s Queen St Police Station. The officers told me that I was being arrested for a reason I did not understand, although a word sounding like “interlocatur” was used. Coming from England, this meant nothing to me, as it is not a term in use south of the border. Quite sometime later discovered that it was the equivalent of an injunction, which I would have understood.
I could not understand what law I could possibly have broken, but was refused a solicitor, who, of course, would have been able to explain the issue to me. The simple reason that I was not allowed legal representation in what to me was to me an alien legal system, was provided by one of the officers , when I protested about a probable breach of human rights. That reason was, “This is Scotland” , which roughly meant that the Scottish justice system has no regard for such trivial niceties as human rights.
The fact that Scotland is a signatory to the European Court of Human Rights was not regarded as being of any relevance by Grampian Police.
Some time later, I discovered, through the Peter Cadder case, that I was but one of approximately 76,000 people who had similarly had their human rights breached by the what is ironically described as the Scottish justice system.
Moreover, the lack of being allowed legal representation was crucial at that time because no interlocatur or any other restrictive document had ever been served on me.
Although I had no idea what was going on at the time, I learned later that an attempt to serve the document on me at my home in Cheshire was made around 21.00 hrs on the night of 11th February. At that precise time, I had already been in Aberdeen for two hours!
Thus, if I had been allowed the services of a local solicitor, the police would have had to release me without charge as it was clearly a wrongful arrest. Indeed, had the document been served on me prior to my departure, I would not have travelled to Aberdeen at all unless advised to do by a solicitor and so would never have been in a position to be arrested.
I still was held for four days in a police cell.
Much later, the Court of Session fully accepted that the interlocatur had never been served on me, due to an inexplicable error by the agent responsible.
Despite an acceptance by the Scottish Legal System that I had been wrongfully arrested at the very outset, the regime still went ahead with its unlawful determination to silence me at all costs.
Even though the facts had been fully established, it did not prevent Lord Bonomy refusing to grant me leave to appeal over such a blatant miscarriage of justice.
After all, “This is Scotland”.
I am now taking steps to have my conviction quashed, ultimately through the Supreme Court.