The one-sided trial of Prudence Halliwell is getting ‘funny’ — as the London-based woman calls it in the wake of another attempt by the Belfast City Council (BCC) to influence the woman into yielding to their demands, which Halliwell regards as nothing else but harassment to hush her on matters of grave implications.
“I’m falling off my chair, laughing,” says Halliwell while speaking of the letter from the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service. “They have NEVER even served me with a court order yet. “How funny they are!”
The letter’s subject “Belfast City Council V Heather M Brown Also Known As Prudence Halliwell” is followed by a single sentence informing that the case has been listed before the Chancery Master for 12 June 2012 at 2:45 pm for assessment of damages. The letter, dated May 10, bears the name of one William Ferris whose designation has not been included under his name and there is no signature or stamp on the letter.
Halliwell says that she has no intention of attending any of the court’s hearings as she has already told them that the judges from Ireland have no jurisdiction over her and are not allowed to preside. She laughs at the idea of giving any money to the Belfast authorities as damages since she can’t figure out what damages the council is talking about. On the contrary, she says that she can take the responsible Belfast judge to the European Court of Human Rights.
The conflict between Halliwell and BCC came to media attention earlier this year when BBC News reported in March that Haliwell’s house was raided by BCC officials after a sensitive e-mail was accidentally sent to her by an employee of the council. To raid the woman’s house and seize her computer, the council obtained an injunction from Belfast High Court. Early this month, the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs reported Halliwell’s side of the story, who told that the BCC has hacked into her computer and was terrorizing her. She also revealed that the e-mail in question was deliberately planted on her computer in order to come up with an excuse to harass her. Halliwell also told that the e-mail was never deleted from her computer, and was still there even after it was returned by BCC following a London court order where she filed a complaint against the BCC.
Halliwell says she also contacted BBC News to ask why they had not contacted her for confirmation of the BCC’s claims while they reported the story of the raid at her house under the Belfast court’s injunction. According to her, BBC News promised to interview her soon and record her side of the story. However, she said the BBC News had still not contacted her.
Halliwell’s conflict with Belfast authorities is getting stranger and unpredictable with time as the woman also claims that she has a lot to reveal about BCC and the council knows it; hence pressuring her to keep her mouth shut.
Note: We think it’s an important issue that shows not only the question of legality or jurisdiction in Britain but also the struggle of one woman against an entire administrative body. In this internet age, where millions of us come across people who can ask for our e-mail, it’s important to note what consequences can follow. Do you think the BCC has any jurisdiction over Prudence?