R v Higgins
R v Stephen Higgins now due to be heard at Leeds Crown Court from 14th August 2017 for 5 days.
Steven Higgins, an employee at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill, pleaded not guilty at York Crown Court to Grievous Bodily Harm against Harrogate Quaker Meeting Member Barbara Penny. It is alleged that he deliberately ran her over with his car at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill where she was part of a regular CAAB demonstration on 11 August 2015.
Steven Higgins was committed for trial to Leeds Crown Court on 9 January 2017. However, at a pre-trial review Stephen Higgins' lawyers obtained a delay to the Trial until August 2017 by questioning the use of the CCTV footage of the defendant's car running over the victim. This means that there will have been a two year delay between the incident and the trial.
It appears that the massive and expensive surveillance operation being run at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill is unable to quality assure its own CCTV recordings.