Weʼre raising £10,000 to change the law which currently allows prosecution for desperate suicidal people
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I was convicted earlier this year, for politely trying to contact the financial advisor who had not ensured my NHS pension tax safety, which only required a simple form to be completed. It lost me £300,000.
The situation was not covered by the Ombudsman or any other independent regulator and so my only choice for resolution was through the civil courts. This would have cost me another £100,000 and taken 6 years. We didn't need the money or the aggravation and so tried to talk with the company, but they were naturally very defensive and obstructive so I couldn't make any progress.
This left me feeling I had failed my wife and family and I had intrusive suicidal thoughts. I tried to settle these with medication and psychotherapy, but failed.
I then tried "internet actions" to throw away bad thoughts and became fascinated by scams and how they worked on the mind. Thus it was I started looking at many scams and was arrested for entering details on a scam site.
The story behind this is fascinating and involves Chris Monteiro, who I had been communicating with https://www.wired.co.uk/article/kill-list-dark-web-hitmen .
I had not put any instructions or ticked any boxes on the "scam website", but the CPS made a case against me as they had a new cybercrime unit in the police, which they thought they could get funding for by convicting me and getting their "expenses" paid which would amount to a 6 figure sum.
The prosecution had 3 days to set a case against me, but I only had half a day for my defence. Prosecution had a very large aggressive team and a very large wealthy banking company with a big legal team to fight and destroy me, but I had self funded my one barrister. It was not fair, but the jury saw I was not guilty of "soliciting murder" as it was obviously a scam website and I had made no payment and given no instructions or engaged in any communication with the website other than a single 1 minute play.
The prosecution had some devious financial report which did not support the financial advisor's actual actions, was an expensively produced defence document
I was convicted of "malicious communicating, threatening suicide"; this involved the following at a time when I was off sick having had a serious head injury. The financial advisor had just laughed and thus I had tried my "throwing away bad thoughts" idea
It was a polite text and 5 second phone call asking to speak as I was desperate and thought I may not survive. I did actually go on to have 3 near death events over the next 12 months - I was run over ( not self inflicted) when cycling and unconscious for 3 weeks and left disabled with brain injury. This further aggravated my feelings of failure and being a burden
I was relieved that I was acquitted of the major charge, but the fact I had been convicted for being suicidal ( even though I had never mentioned this ) seemed unjust.
I became increasingly unwell and feeling a burden and failed father and felt I should try and change the law as I had effectively been condemmed to death it seemed for seeking help for my thoughts.
I was never aggressive in my communications and always desperate.
I need support to change this terrible law that can be used in this way.
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