the written evidence available prior to John Kerlen’s appeal hearing it was
unclear whether councillor Sandra Bauer was the source of councillor Melvin
Seymour’s untruthful police statement or whether the responsibility for it was
entirely his. In those circumstances both were tarred with very similar brushes.
Last Friday I said “I’ve never been sure if councillor Sandra Bauer is a naive innocent in a wicked world or a liar who had maliciously teamed up with councillor Melvin Seymour to silence a council critic” and after listening to her and councillor Melvin Seymour give evidence that “I am going to assume that Sandra Bauer was telling the truth”. I think she was. Melvin Seymour certainly wasn’t.
It isn’t practical and probably not honest to make retrospective changes to blog posts but to set the record straight so far as is possible the following footnote has been added to those blogs which blamed either or both councillors for the untruthful references to dog faeces and letter boxes.
Note 17th August 2012. At an appeal hearing where both Seymour and Bauer were called as witnesses and cross examined it became clear that it was Seymour who had dishonestly exaggerated the content of the Tweet in order to attempt a miscarriage of justice and Bauer had merely sent him a copy and took no part in its embellishment.
Fifteen such footnotes are currently in place and this may go some way to correct any incorrect emphasis on the responsibility for John Kerlen ’s malicious prosecution. Ultimately it was the poisonous combination of a dishonest Conservative administration and police always ready to do as their paymasters tell them.
The rotating carousel including Ms. Bauer’s image currently appearing on some pages has also been modified.