know, because I heard the Judge read out the letter in full, that the
Prosecution’s request for an Adjournment was dated only two days before Olly
Cromwell’s scheduled Appeal. The Judge said that councillor Melvin Seymour’s excuse of the
imminent arrival of a grandchild was lame in the extreme but he was less harsh
on councillor Bauer’s house move.
It has been suggested to me, and it is not entirely implausible given the incompetence of the Crown Prosecution Service at every stage of this long drawn out saga , that Sandra Bauer told the CPS about her domestic problem in good time but that they failed to react quickly enough. I am happy to put forward this alternative scenario. I can’t see how a longer period of notice would make Seymour’s excuse any more acceptable, less so if anything, but maybe Sandra, who moved house last Thursday, was let down by the CPS. It’s a possibility, no more, but I like to be fair. The Thursday/Friday mix up is still awaiting a completely satisfactory explanation.
Why someone would allow the associated statement to stand when at the very least a serious misunderstanding has arisen beats me. But then honourable conduct and Bexley councillors are more often than not, strangers to each other.