Cecily Bedner, 20, a film and digital arts student from Plymouth, told the court she broke the law for her sister, aged five. This is the mitigation statement she read out in court. “I’m not here to tell you that I wasn’t there or I didn’t break the law. What I will tell you is that I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t find it fun or exciting or empowering especially. And I know that my actions contributed to inconveniencing many other valid, important lives, and for that I am truly sorry. But the reason I had to be there was,…Read full post
Janet Young, a 72-year old retired social worker and grandmother from Devon read out this statement at her plea hearing in August. She was arrested on Waterloo Bridge on the first Tuesday, 16 April. “I am pleading guilty for financial and emotional reasons. I accept that I did not comply with a regulation, imposed in order to control and limit climate change action. But morally and ethically I am guilty of nothing. Having heard the scientific evidence and seen the terrible devastation already occurring in Africa and Asia and knowing that many species are already extinct, I felt there was…Read full post
Andrew Peel, 59, a delivery driver from Norwich, read out this statement at his plea hearing on Friday. His tipping point, he says, was watching the action on the London bridges in November and seeing a banner that said “For My Children”. “Following a serious health issue in 2014 in which I almost lost my life, I looked deeply into myself and asked the most important question i have ever asked…where is love?My answer was simple. I love my children, I love our earth and all her beings.I won’t go over the ground with a long statement about the sixth…Read full post
Ruth Jarman, 56, a mother of three from Hampshire who works for a small Christian charity, was found guilty last week after standing trial at Hendon Magistrates Court. She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and a total of £640 costs. Film-maker Peter Armstrong recorded this video of Ruth’s day in court. The mitigation statement she delivered before Deputy Chief Magistrate Judge Ikram is published below. You can also read Ruth’s own account of the trial here. “I am a Christian and a mother. My faith requires me to ‘serve and preserve’ the earth; it requires…Read full post
Jane Baker, 64, a retired NHS speech therapist from Exeter read out this statment in mitigation when she pleaded guilty to “not moving when asked from Waterloo Bridge”. She was appearing at City of London Magistrates Court on 6th September before District Judge Rimmer.“I want to apologise for the necessary disruption caused at the April Rebellion. This has been quite a week for me. Yesterday I retired from 38 years of Public Service in the NHS. Today I am in court for a Public Order Offence for my part in Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent direct action. Tomorrow is my Grandson Zachary’s…Read full post
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