Leeds two 'do a runner' ?
Vague reports this afternoon that the two defendants ,Steve Whittle and Simon Sheppard, failed to appear this morning.
Court issues arrest warrants...........................
To-day (Monday 14th July) a jury found the "Heretical Two", Simon Sheppard and Steve Whittle, aka Luke O’Farrell, guilty on one more count, and Sheppard alone guilty on a second count, this time by a majority of ten to one (a juror having been discharged early in the trial after she broke her ankle).
The jury had unanimously found Sheppard guilty on nine counts and Whittle on four on Friday 11th July.
Neither Sheppard nor Whittle was in court.
Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
The jury were unable to agree a verdict on the remaining seven counts (with which Sheppard alone is charged) after more than four days of deliberation.All the counts upon which the "Heretical Two" have been convicted relate to postings on a web site hosted in Torrance, California.
The counts on which the jury were unable to agree included distributing Tales of the Holohoax and Sheppard’s own newspaper, Don’t be Sheeple.
In scenes reminiscent of the first Griffin trial in the same court at Leeds, prosecuting counsel, Jonathan Sandford, immediately leapt to his feet and told the judge, His Honour Judge Grant, that the prosecution would seek a re-trial of Sheppard.
Judge Grant has listed the matter for a further hearing on 28th July, when the prosecution will ask the judge to sentence the Heretical Two in their absence, if they have not by then surrendered to custody.
Latest: (Tuesday 15th July)
Lancashire Evening Post
Police have launched a manhunt after a writer who penned race hate articles for a controversial website failed to turn up at court.
Stephen Whittle penned five offensive articles which appeared on the Internet, a jury was told.
More>> Hunt for race hate writer on run
NWN: Maybe they have applied for political asylum in a democratic country with freedom of speech!