Extinction Rebellion Trials and Hearings this week (October 14th-18th)
October 14, 2019 by Zoe Blackler
- 37 Extinction Rebellion defendants are on trial this week
- Eight trials begin for Section 14 offences during the April Rebellion; One trial begins for criminal damage at Downing Street last November; Verdict due in the trial of the Petroleum 9 for trespass and criminal damage in February
- A further 50 people are expected to be called for plea hearings on Friday at City of London Magistrates Court
- Plea hearings for those charged during the October Rebellion may take place at Westminster Magistrates Court
- 1,336 confirmed arrests (as of 8am Monday 14th) during October Rebellion; 42 confirmed charged (as of Thursday 10th)
- Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice campaign raises £80,000 in 10 hours; total now stands at 280,000
Trials and hearings this week:
Monday (October 14th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am:Thirteen in court in three separate trials for public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include Jasmine Salter, 26, a former architecture studentfrom London and Bob Rivett, 71 a retired GP from Somerset.
Monday (October 14th), Westminster Magistrates Court, 12pm: Verdict to be delivered (finally, we very much hope!) in the trial of the Petroleum Ninefor 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; 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.
Tuesday (October 15th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Two trials that started on Monday continue. One new trial begins oftwo peoplecharged with public order offences during the April Rebellion.
Wednesday (October 16th), Hendon Magistrates Court, 10am: One trial begins for four charged with public order offences during the April Rebellion, including Robert Possnet, 57, a former paratrooper from Bury St Edmunds.
Wednesday (October 16th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am:One trial that started on Monday continues. One new trial begins for three more charged with public order offences during the April Rebellion. Defendants include Sian Vaughan, 54, a retired primary school head from Fishguard Wales.
Thursday (October 17th), Hendon Magistrates Court, 10am: One trial that started on Wednesday for public order offences during the April Rebellion continues.
Thursday (October 17rd) City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: One new trial begins for five people charged with public order offences during the April Rebellion, including Anna Hope, 44, a writer from East Sussex.
Friday (October 18th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Trial begins for two charged with criminal damage for spray-chalking during a protest in Downing Street on November 18th 2018. Defendants include Extinction Rebellion co-founder Ian Bray, 51, also due to stand trial in Crown Courtfor actions at Shell and on the Docklands Light Railway during the April Rebellion.
Friday (October 18th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: One new trial begins for one personcharged with public order offences during the April Rebellion.
Friday (October 18th) City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Approximately 50 charged defendantsexpected to attend plea hearings for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
All Week: Plea hearings for those charged with offences during the October Rebellionhave been taking place at Westminster Magistrates Court and may continue this week.
For more information, images and interviews with defendants or lawyers, contact Zoë Blackler on 07918 165 046.
Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice campaign to raise money to help defendants with their legal fees can be found here: 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.