Occupy Protestors Not Guilty

Occupy London protestors who attempted to occupy Panton House in Piccadilly were today all found not guilty of public order charges at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Ten of the 16 acquitted defendants were represented by David Rhodes, Ben Newton and Tom Stevens, instructed by Bindmans LLP.



Panton House contains the offices of Xstrata, a multinational mining corporation whose chief executive is reputed to be one of the highest paid CEO's of the FTSE 100 companies.
 


The 16 defendants were originally arrested for a variety of offences including burglary and aggravated trespass. Ultimately they were charged with an offence under s.5 of the Public Order Act 1986 (disorderly behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress). After a 5 day trial, District Judge Roscoe was not satisfied that these peaceful protestors had intended or had been aware that their conduct may have been disorderly.

 

For further details on the story reported by the BBC please click here.

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