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Brighton squat trial resumes tomorrow

housing war | 23.05.2013 14:28 | Free Spaces | Repression | Social Struggles | London | South Coast

The squat trial which began in April resumes tomorrow in Brighton, come down to see s144 get the bashing it deserves.


On September 3 2012, some people were arrested for being in a derelict building under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.

The three defendants were booked in for a two and a half day trial at Brighton Magistrates Court which started at 10am Monday April 22 2013. People were outside court and the public gallery was packed with supporters.

The trial continued Tuesday April 23, with the magistrates considering submission of no case to answer. The result (after much deliberation) was two defendants walked free for s144 (no proof of living) and obstruction. The other defendant was cleared of obstruction but remained on trial for s144, on very very weak evidence.

The lessons so far are that you should always plead not guilty to s144 since proving living and proving residential status are both incredibly difficult, especially since the new law is so vague.

The trial continued Wednesday April 24, with lots more legal deliberation over the evidence, ending up with an adjournment until May24.

Now the trial continues tomorrow, at Brighton Magistrates Court, Edward Street.

Come down to see the third defendant walk, or keep in touch on twitter, @housingwar. More details about the case on

Fuck s144, squat the empties!

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justice not served

24.05.2013 21:06

The one defendant was today found guilty! :[

He was sentenced to 40 hours unpaid labour and a £250 fine. A light sentence, but nevertheless a travesty, when the evidence is considered.


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