Shaw Given Two Years Following Secret Court Hearing
11 January 2016, Melanie Shaw, the whistleblower on the horrific abuse of
children which occurred at the then county council-run Beechwood Children's
Home in Nottinghamshire in the late 1980s, was given a two-year custodial
sentence in a secret court hearing.
The nature of the charge against her is unclear and that information is
refused when requested of court staff. The case took place late yesterday
morning but it did not appear on any court lists until the hearing was past.
Shaw did not appear in person in court for this hearing, which was conducted
by video link from her prison, as has also been the case with previous of
her court 'appearances'. She states that without fail, whenever in the past
she has given testimony by such video link, she has been cut off on the
pretext that "you were shouting", which she denies.
effect of this is to prevent her testimony from going on the court record,
as well as to prevent her as defendant from hearing certain deliberations
and assertions being made in the courtroom.
UK Column News is very confident that at this particular secret hearing,
no member of the public was present, and particularly not any of the supporters
who have been following Melanie Shaw's case very closely. The public is
therefore entirely dependent on any transcripts—accurate and complete
or otherwise—which may be produced in order to find out what was said
at the hearing.
already served by Melanie Shaw in prison on remand, namely 11 months, mostly
in solitary confinement, does not appear to have been set against the two-year
custodial sentence imposed yesterday.
Shaw is one of the few child abuse whistleblowers who is prepared to name
politicians as having been among the abusers of her fellow inmates, some
of whom she asserts were murdered on site at Beechwood. Her reminiscences
date from 1987, in which year the Cabinet was constituted of these politicians
until the general election that May and of these politicians thereafter.
(This does not constitute an allegation by UK Column News that any particular
Cabinet minister at the above links was an abuser.)
Shaw's correspondence address in prison is:
HMP Foston Hall
advisable if writing to Melanie Shaw to use a card or light letter containing
no stamps, blank paper, return envelopes, money or any other objects. These
are highly likely to be confiscated, potentially together with the letter
or card itself.
terms: By "secret court hearing", UK Column News means:
(a) a court hearing not listed
until after it took place;
(b) a court hearing whose outcome (i.e. of what alleged crime Melanie Shaw
has been convicted) is withheld from the public on request, to the puzzlement
of some court staff themselves.
By these two definitions,
UK Column News is quite confident in describing Melanie Shaw as a political