Here’s the run down of my court proceedings and the verdict. Didn’t update last night because I was exhausted.
October (part 1 of the trial)
My case wasn’t heard until the afternoon at 2pm, in the meantime I sat outside the courtroom, had a little chat with some kid and his mum who offered gum. Said I wasn’t up for anything cool like him (he was on an assault charge). The detective floundered about, he didn’t know where the court was, I pointed it out to him, he looked shocked as he didn’t notice me at first. Later I starred at him going to the bathroom, he looked back at me and looked puzzled and shrugged. I think I waved. Mind games.
it was a little earlier though that I had learned that 2 of the 4 charges had been dropped. One of them presumably because one of the Poles had fled back to their natural habitat and because the charge was ridiculous to begin with. There were to be three witnesses testifying. The Polish girl from uni, the random staff member and the detective (for some reason). Polish girl and the random staff member were both up for around 40 minutes. Both quite boring, spent a lot of time saying not much at all. My solicitor only had one real question for either of them when cross examining, got them to admit they didn’t *know* I made those posts.
The uni staff member was annoying, she was smiling and looked to be enjoying the attention. Didn’t seem to register to her how cruel her actions were, she even described an email where I allude to suicide as just “woe is me”. The polish girls bf was in the court room too, looked quite serious. I gave him a wave since he we were both aware of the other and this is the time seeing each other in the flesh.
Court time ran out and the case was adjourned to November, a month later. Towards the end of the day I could hear the Poles whispering about me.
November (party 2 of the trial)
The second part of my trial lasted around 5 hours starting at 12pm, it ended at 6pm, 2 hours after the court closes. The detective was now giving his testimony, he was nervous and completely out of place, he said nothing of value and my solicitor pointed out how pointless he was. I’m sure detective wouldn’t disagree. It was interesting though since he was asked to read of exerts of the blog by the prosecutor, everything sounded more impactful coming from him. He also said “paki” when reading out a comment. He also called me an attention seeker.
The prosector and my solicitor spent an hour or so then just talking about stuff that didn’t matter like this blog and some emails. The only criminal things were the 4chan posts. The judge took half an hour to think stuff over and decided there was a case to be had (or something) so I wouldn’t be acquitted. My solicitor advised me not to testify in my defence since it was pointless, I couldn’t say anything new (we were now on the defence phase of the trial since the judge OK’d the case to proceed). I decided not to testify because of the time, it was late, it didn’t want to come up again.
The judge/sheriff decided she couldn’t come to a decision today, needed to think it over and it would happen tomorrow. I didn’t need to be present.
Got the call from my solicitor. Guilty on 1 (one) charge. Sentencing will be next month, there’s zero chance of prison and before sentencing I’ll need to speak to a social worker(?) for the sake of a background report.
Work itself was fine though, speaking more and to more people. Little guy noted my hair is getting long. Played Pokemon Ultra Moon during lunch since it arrived early. Disappointing so far, it’s not a sequel, it’s a retelling, more like a third version.