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As you know, the last 2 and a half years have been a living hell for me. I was accused of an horrific crime which I can prove I absolutely did not commit.
The BBC suspended me on the very day I was jailed and questioned, subsequently firing me on the very day I was cleared. Since then, I have not earned a single penny and have been surviving on £7000 a year disability payments due to my ongoing health problems (you might remember my cancer diagnosis some years back) I am viewed as toxic and unemployable.
Since then, I've been accused of several crimes including theft, assault, child abuse and even murder. The last was based on a passage I allegedly wrote in my autobiography. I was arrested, jailed and eviscerated by the international press, even though it was all a lie. I never wrote any such thing but the police, prosecutor and judge never bothered to spend 5 minutes checking my book.
My life, career and health have been destroyed. I spent what little savings I had defending myself on the first case but since then, my legal fees have spiralled out of control as more lies and accusations have been made. The judicial system has offered me no protection but allows anyone else to make anonymous claims against me with impunity. I am ineligible for legal aid so must pay to defend my innocence or face judgements being issued in absentia. That is so unfair but justice and right are two completely separate entities. I have to restore my reputation both personally and professionally.
I borrowed £26,000 from kind friends to get me to here but since July 2017 have been pursued by a new case in which I've already incurred court costs of over £10,000 and solicitors' fees of over £12000. The other side either believes I have an untold reserve of wealth so is relentlessly chasing this, claiming costs of over £100,000, or simply continuing out of malice.
I have committed no crime. When I was sleeping rough for 3 years, I occasionally shoplifted food but that's all. I've not said, written nor done anything wrong or illegal. I don't even have any points on my driving licence!
All the evidence is in my favour but unless I follow every procedure precisely, I am at constant risk of a summary judgement being made against me. That's why I need representation. The simple fact is, I have no money and my sole asset is the house I own with my husband. The only chance the other side has of recovering costs is a court order forcing us to sell the house. The legal system can effectively be used to make me homeless. That is not justice.
A trial date is scheduled for October or November and I must protect myself and anyone else these people may try and hurt. I am so angry and want to make a stand but I simply can't afford to do so.
Therefore, I apologise profusely but ask if you can spare anything at all, could you please help me? If I win, every single penny will be paid back of course but I remind you that although all the evidence and right is in my favour, that's no guarantee of winning. I had hoped for more from the legal system but have to put my trust in the courts and judges.
I refuse to be bullied or intimidated any more. If you lie and make horrible allegations, expect to face the consequences. At present I'm unable to give further details but promise to publish how every penny is spent.
I'm truly sorry once again but thank you for reading my story.
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Dear CJ, it's so wrong you're having to go through this. All I can afford for now, but hope it helps & best of luck.
Jun 29, 2018
As promised , Old Mate.
Jun 29, 2018
I'm so sorry this is happening! Hope you manage to reach your goal and that the justice system finally works in your favour!
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