Melanie Shaw Given Two Years Following Secret Court Hearing



| Thursday, 12th January 2017

On Wednesday 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.

Melanie 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.

The 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.

In addition, 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.

Time 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.

Melanie 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.)

Melanie Shaw’s correspondence address in prison is:

Melanie Shaw
HMP Foston Hall
Uttoxeter Road
DE65 5DN
United Kingdom

It is 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.

Definition of 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 prisoner.


9 Responses to “Melanie Shaw Given Two Years Following Secret Court Hearing”

  1. Mark says:

    How little coverage this has got, and likely will get. Small story? Or massive but missed? So much banging on (not a ref. to Tap) about Trump … T… T … while Melanie couldn’t be further from. Allegedly no money, claims of current abuse and we’re left with uncertainly there’s been any transparency and justice – all but probably a few hundred, hear about and concerned. Yet, these seemingly ‘minor’ oppression’s are maybe the more significant issues. Becoming tired of the big stories and grandstands. ‘Whatever you do to the least’, someone once said.

  2. alison says:

    I share your thoughts/feelings, Mark; one of the good things is that the Americans making a noise about a certain Italian food “gate” are growing in numbers and at some point, people in the UK are going to wake up in the same way.

    Things are likely to start hapening more publicly after the inauguration – my understanding is that the doors will finally be opened for the police/military who share our abhorrence for these disgusting crimes and corruption to take action. One thing in Trump’s favour is that he is not a satanist.

    I wonder who is caring for Melanie’s child while she is banged up; another travesty – the number of mothers who get locked up, leaving their children feeling abandoned by the person who theoretically loves them more than anybody else in the world (sadly, not always the case) and vulnerable to the very predators supposed to protect them; nobody should be locked up unless they are a physical danger to other humans or animals.

    How can we get others to wake up to all of this because I can’t help feeling that if everybody knew about it, there would likely be large numbers of us out on the streets, letting TPTB know in no uncertain terms that we don’t consent to be ruled by them.

    • Mark says:

      Can find myself seeing discouraging signs around awaken media take up but clearly noted the uplift over ‘that gate’. Reckon it could have been one of the biggest eye openers for new numbers we’ve seen. The other upshot, the reappraising for some in previously considered overstating and ritual abuse. Yes, Trump ‘should’ give some insiders permission. I suppose likely to happen as soon as… No surprise then, the fight to halt him getting through the door is so fierce. No, no basis for Satanist etc Trump. Makes no personal sense for this man to give up all that golf and good times to have to work so and hold the fort. And/or blackmailed to act, that/this convincingly? Takes a Teleprompter. Takes proper leaks from a shady – hidden episodes – past. Nevertheless, feeling frail on the hope score and Mr. T.

      ‘How can we get others to wake up to..?’ Somewhat stumped but trying not let this get in the way of do-what-can. Like typing this comment/reply. Nothing is nothing, something is… And ‘large numbers of us out on the streets’ if they, ‘knew’? Again, puzzlement and the disconnect. Have some quirky theories but like Johnny C sung, must/most, ‘won’t back down’ and best practice.

  3. hopeless says:

    There is an update in the form of a video dated 13th if you follow the link in the original article. If correct its another disturbing addition to her plight. When something that should be impossible or unthinkable becomes (on the surface at least) probable or believable without any surprise then that has got to show bad things really are.

  4. Scotty says:

    Maybe printing this post and sending it as a letter to our respective MPs would be worth doing.

    We could then be certain that all MPs who receive the letter are actually aware of the case.

    I will send my MP a letter on Monday morning.

  5. hermes23 says:

    Please explain to me how you know every little detail about this case, every detail about what happened in the court room even how her testimony was heard (via video link apparently) … you know every detail except for the reason she has been arrested. Where is your proof that it is because of what she has come forward with? Please provide evidence.

    • Tapestry says:

      I’ll let UKC come up with an answer for you. She is allowed to correspond even though imprisoned. As I understand it, she has not been told the reason for her continuing detention.

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