Squatting Law conviction in Brighton

mark at tlio.org.uk mark at tlio.org.uk
Sat May 25 12:06:04 BST 2013

On September 3 2012, some people were arrested for being in a derelict 
building under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment 
of Offenders Act.

The three defendants were booked in for a two and a half day trial at 
Brighton Magistrates Court (map) which started at 10am Monday April 22 
2013. People were outside court and the public gallery was packed with 

The trial continued Tuesday, with the magistrates considering 
submission of no case to answer. The result (after much deliberation) 
was two defendants walked free from being convicted under Section 144 
(on the grounds of no proof of living) and obstruction. The other 
defendant was cleared of obstruction but still on trial for breach of 
section 144, on what supporters say was very weak evidence.

On Friday May 24th, the defendent was sentenced to 40 hours unpaid 
labour and a £250 fine.  Supporters say the conviction will be 

More info at: http://rooftopresistance.squat.net/

also: https://network23.org/snob/

The context explained:
Criminalising Squatting - Privatising Empty Space

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