Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Injunction hearing against our live-in landlady

As I flagged up in the previous blog Facebook's recommendations attacked, yesterday Declan had a court hearing for an injunction against our live-in landlady, human rights activist Belinda McKenzie, after she had her Polish builder break into our flat on 27 July through a locked door and make off with the door while Declan was on a 999 call to the police. Due to a legal technicality (a claim had to be first issued), District Judge Sterlini didn't grant Declan the injunction. Instead, Belinda had to give an undertaking to the Court promising "not to interfere with the claimant's quiet enjoyment of the accommodation he occupies at part of 83 Priory Gardens, London, N6 5QU, comprising the third floor studio flat, pursuant to a tenancy granted on 14/07/09".

Belinda also had to sign a declaration on the form stating "I understand the undertaking that I have given, and that if I break any of my promises to the Court I may be sent to prison for contempt of court". Nevertheless, we still can't leave the flat together due to an email Belinda wrote last January stating that her builder might dismantle our kitchen or bathroom. Who's to say that we would not come back to a cooker that doesn't work? And how could we prove a breach of the undertaking? Already today we have lost access to the internet, having been denied access to Belinda's "Guest" wireless network connection. This was the 111th time we have lost access to the internet since Belinda was forced to withdraw her claim for possession of her flat on 19 April due to the "wrong information" she provided the Court, to quote from an email of hers later that day.

Perhaps Belinda is fortunate there was an error in Declan's application and the injunction wasn't granted by the judge. As Declan stated in paragraph 4 of his defence to the possession order Belinda previously sought, back in 2009 she wrote an email to an associate of ours in America stating she would like her house to become an "in-house charity" for impoverished activists supported by "some kind of international fund". Had Declan been granted the injunction, the board of trustees might have had an impossible task convincing the Charity Commission that 83 Priory Gardens is above board and a suitable place for activists from around the world; WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, for example.

In the same email, Belinda confirmed that MI5 whistleblower David Shayler lived for a couple of years in one of the rooms below us until 2007. It is unfortunate Shayler then declared that he was the Messiah, became a squatter, and was subsequently ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane. A New Statesman article dated 11 September 2006 featuring Shayler and Belinda gives no indication that Shayler believed he was the Messiah at that time; whilst a Daily Mail interview with Shayler explicitly shows he believed himself to be Jesus by June 2007.

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Belinda McKenzie (R) listens to a survivor at the UK Rally Against Child Abuse, 4 June 2011, Trafalgar Square