Subject: Horsham Magistrates Court
From: Veronica
Date: 25/2/13 9:06 pm
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Follow-up to my previous e-mail about Tony Rooke & Co ... refused to pay his TV Licence because the BBC 'supports terrorism'.

Well, he actually got slightly further than I predicted.

Which means he was VERY, VERY, VERY LUCKY ... because the original Maggot's Circus (presumably) decided they 'couldn't handle the situation' ... as opposed to their normal mode of 'just screwing people anyway'.

So they adjourned until yesterday (Monday 24th February) ... in order to give a District Judge 'a go'.

Yesterday the Judge told him to pay £200 costs, and handed down a 'conditional discharge'. That means that - if Rooke still refuses to pay ... then (presumably) he'll be in serious shit.

So ... after all that ... he's £200 lighter, and didn't exactly 'get a win'.

What DIDN'T happen is that the BBC were in any way censured (i.e. "The actual object of the exercise")

"He was not allowed to show his pre-prepared video evidence in court because the District Judge said it was not relevant to the trial"
What was 'relevant' (as far as a Maggot's Circus is concerned) was what I originally said: "Did you watch TV? Did you have a TV Licence?"
Sentencing, Judge Nicholls said: ‘Mr Rooke puts the basis of his defence under Section 15 of the Terrorism Act, effectively asking the court to find the BBC is a terrorist organisation and that if he continues to pay them he himself is committing a criminal offence.

‘I have explained to Mr Rooke even if I were to accept his evidence I would be unable to find a defence.’

Speaking outside court, Rooke said he was ‘pleased’ with the outcome, ‘all things considered’.
Which things, Tony?