Students arrested at University of Sussex protest are cleared

The Argus: Students arrested at University of Sussex protest are cleared Students arrested at University of Sussex protest are cleared

Three student activists arrested for their part in a major protest have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Caradog Jones, 19, Kristina Ilieva, 24, and Sarah Becker, 25, were charged with obstructing police at a demonstration at the University of Sussex Falmer Campus on April 2 last year.

They were each set to face a three-day trial– but all charges were dismissed by magistrates before it finished.

Earlier in the hearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court Sergeant Rachel Glenton told how students had been “abusive” in a “hostile” demonstration.

The protest was the culmination of a 54-day occupation of the university’s Bramber House building.

Chris Prior, prosecuting, described how activists made a human barrier across a road to stop a police vehicle getting through.

Officers moved in and were ordered to arrest any of those refusing to get out of the way.

Sgt Glenton, who was leading a small team on the day, described the operation as “very difficult” in “hostile conditions”.

Giving her evidence, she said: “There were lots of people filming and taking pictures and trying to put cameras in our faces.

“They were chanting and trying to provoke a reaction.

“It was a very difficult and hostile situation.”

Sgt Glenton described how after fellow officers arrested a student, a man with a goatee beard – later identified as Mr Jones – ran towards them in an “aggressive” and “abusive” manner.

After refusing to step back, she took his right arm while a fellow officer took his left.

She told how he continued to struggle before the other officer “took him to the floor” and arrested him.

Shahida Begum, representing Mr Jones, said her client had been playing his harmonica shortly before the incident.

She added: “Yes, he gestured towards his friend but he’s only trying to see if she is OK.

“And he was taken hold of straight away.”

Owen Greenhall, representing Miss Ilieva, told the court her arrest had breached her right to freedom of expression.

Mr Jones and Miss Becker, of Farman Street, Hove, and Miss Ilieva, of St Phillips House, Station Approach, Falmer, had all their charges dismissed on day two of the trial.

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1:13pm Sat 15 Feb 14

whatone says...

"Giving her evidence, she said: “There were lots of people filming and taking pictures and trying to put cameras in our faces. "

That's the only way to prove that the police are sometimes out of control. - as the acquittals here demonstrate.

And funnily enough the police use their FIT teams to do exactly the same thing, but apparently that's ok!
"Giving her evidence, she said: “There were lots of people filming and taking pictures and trying to put cameras in our faces. " That's the only way to prove that the police are sometimes out of control. - as the acquittals here demonstrate. And funnily enough the police use their FIT teams to do exactly the same thing, but apparently that's ok! whatone

1:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Filthy Marxist scum who would actually fight over their last joint.
Filthy Marxist scum who would actually fight over their last joint. LeonBIank666

2:48pm Sat 15 Feb 14

juleshove says...

Sounds like these trouble makers got lucky. Should have been found guilty of breaching the peace at the least. Those 3 students are stupid and idiotic.
Sounds like these trouble makers got lucky. Should have been found guilty of breaching the peace at the least. Those 3 students are stupid and idiotic. juleshove

3:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

theleftygiraffe says...

Yet more insightful comments from the great Argus comments brigade.
Yet more insightful comments from the great Argus comments brigade. theleftygiraffe

3:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Monkeymoo1 says...

theleftygiraffe wrote:
Yet more insightful comments from the great Argus comments brigade.
said without a trace of irony. I know i know
[quote][p][bold]theleftygiraffe[/bold] wrote: Yet more insightful comments from the great Argus comments brigade.[/p][/quote]said without a trace of irony. I know i know Monkeymoo1

3:46pm Sat 15 Feb 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

HJ said the little sh1ts deserved to get locked away
HJ said the little sh1ts deserved to get locked away I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

9:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ourcoalition says...

"The trouble makers got lucky"!!!!!

What, like all the others who were charged and who were found not guilty!

Obviously the Marxists have taken over the judicial system in the UK. People being stitched up for exercising their democratic right to protest. Whatever next?

Revolution. Civil War. Or maybe a country that's just a bit fairer - I'll vote for that!!!
"The trouble makers got lucky"!!!!! What, like all the others who were charged and who were found not guilty! Obviously the Marxists have taken over the judicial system in the UK. People being stitched up for exercising their democratic right to protest. Whatever next? Revolution. Civil War. Or maybe a country that's just a bit fairer - I'll vote for that!!! ourcoalition

8:59am Sun 16 Feb 14

ronrostog says...

Lets get back the good old days when they would have been lobbed in the van, given a good kicking and thrown out at the other side of Lewes.
Lets get back the good old days when they would have been lobbed in the van, given a good kicking and thrown out at the other side of Lewes. ronrostog

10:05am Sun 16 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Well, that's done and dusted now.

A Hostile Situation! I ask you ... a demonstration, a protest ... a basic right, or it should be for all citizens in a democracy and it is now a hostile situation.
Howard Zinn never spoke a truer word when he stated that the problem is not civil disobedience but civil obedience.
Well, that's done and dusted now. A Hostile Situation! I ask you ... a demonstration, a protest ... a basic right, or it should be for all citizens in a democracy and it is now a hostile situation. Howard Zinn never spoke a truer word when he stated that the problem is not civil disobedience but civil obedience. mimseycal

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