R v Higgins
R v Stephen Higgins has been postponed
Steven Higgins, an employee at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill, pled not guilty at Harrogate Magistrates Court and York County 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 quality 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.