Extinction Rebellion trials and hearings this week (16-20 September)
September 17, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion
- 24 Extinction Rebellion defendants on trial this week across London
- Five trials relate to public order offences during the April Rebellion
- The trial of the Petroleum Nine for trespass and criminal damage concludes Wednesday
- A further 50 people are expected to attend plea hearings on Friday at City of London Magistrates Court
- Donations to Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice campaign have topped £54,000
- Trials set to continue into January and beyond
Trials and hearings coming up this week:
Monday (16th) 10.00am, Hendon Magistrates Court: Two on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include Ruth Jarman, 56, a charity work and mother of three from Hampshire who will also stand trial in Crown Court next year for an action on the Docklands Light Railway.
Monday (16th) 2pm, Wimbledon Magistrates Court: Two on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include former fashion student, Laura Frandsden, 29, from Lewisham.
Tuesday (17th) 10.00am, Hendon Magistrates Court: Five on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include: Jeremy David Parker, 51, an IT consultant from Ealing (also on trial on Wednesday with the Petroleum 9); Kate Schipp, 55, a secondary school teacher from Lewisham, and Louise Treneman 25, a nature reserve assistant from Bristol.
Wednesday (18th), 10.00am, City of London Magistrates Court: Conclusion of the trial of the Petroleum Nine for trespass and criminal damage during a peaceful protest against the International Petroleum conference in February. Defendants are: Cathy Eastburn, 52, musician and mother, originally from Cornwall, now lives in South London; Jack Harries, 26, film-maker and Instagram influencer from London; Joel Instone, 29, workers’ co-op cafe worker from Lancashire; Sam Knights, 23, actor and writer, from London; Mark Ovland 36, Buddhist teacher from Somerset; Jeremy Parker, 51, IT consultant, originally from Birmingham, now lives in London (also on trial at Hendon Magistrates Court on Tuesday); Yaani Postelnik, 54, Buddhist teacher/minister, from New Zealand, now lives in Devon; Serena Schellenberg, 58, TV producer and animal welfare charity worker, originally from Yorkshire, now lives in London; and Trudi Warner, 64, a retired social worker from London.
Wednesday (18th), 10.00am, Hendon Magistrates Court: Three on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include Justin Preece, 50, musician and furniture remover from Pontypridd and Rebekah West, 39 a trainee herbalist from Somerset.
Thursday (19th), 10.00am, Hendon Magistrates Court: Three on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include Martin Gardener, 31, a research project manager in sustainable development from Brighton.
Friday (20th), 10.00am, City of London Magistrates Court: Approx. 50 charged defendants expected to attend plea hearings for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
More more information, images and interviews with defendants or lawyers, contact Zoe on 07918 165 046.
For Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice Campaign to help defendants with their legal fees visit: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/extinction-rebellion-central
Notes to Editors
About Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of societal collapse – both of which are seen as inevitable if rapid action is not taken to rein in human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inaction by their Government.
Starting on October 7th, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion:https://www.facebook.com/events/2428146964128308/
Together, we will peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until Governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
Extinction Rebellion’s Demands are:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.