Freeman Cult follower proves to be hypocritical when convenient (Dominic Lohan aka “commonly known as Dom”)
Yesterday, I went to London to watch the trial of Mark Edwards of Occupy London. I met Mark in the early days of the original encampment in St Paul’s Churchyard. He pitched his tent next door to mine. ‘Pitched’ is a little bit flattering, frankly. Having not camped since childhood, he didn’t have much idea how to erect his borrowed tent. I helped him put it up and secure it to the cobblestones. We were still establishing our camp site in those days and having to cope with unfavourable terrain, strong wind and tents which were mostly ill suited to being tethered to the ground underneath us. Mark’s tent was particularly ill suited and, when he was away from it, I spent quite a bit of time sticking it to the ground with gaffer tape; along with many of the tents around me. Mark’s a larger than life character who, in keeping with many of those original Occupationists, hadn’t previously engaged in political activism. What he lacked in terms of experience, he more than made up for with enthusiasm. He’s a chatty, engaging character who does not hold back and has been very popular inside Occupy London Stock Exchange. As you can see from his photograph, he’s a large man who gets noticed.
There have always been a number of egomaniacs inside Occupy London Stock Exchange. I have satirised one of these in particular, Dominic Lohan, for his promotion of a bizarre cult which takes its creed from a conveniently misconceived version of the law. The cult members call themselves Freemen On The Land; they have a devotional attitude towards Black’s Legal Dictionary (perhaps because lawyers don’t bother with it anymore) and preach a form of legal woo that doesn’t even stand up as long as it takes to sermonise it. Their promised heaven is the abolition of law. They are to law what the climate change deniers are to modern scientific research: they enjoy the language but not the substance.
In the early hours of 9th November 2011 a man dressed as a stereotypical banker appeared drunk at the Ludgate Hill ‘entrance’ to the Occupy London Stock Exchange encampment. He kicked one of the tents. Unfortunately, right inside the tent was its occupier. His foot connected with this young woman’s head. The banker was immediately ejected from the encampment by Mr Edwards. He ran off down the road into some police officers, who asked him if he was alright. He replied that he had been in the wrong and disappeared into the night. I have heard that since his attack, he has returned with food for the encampment. After Mr Edwards saw him off, Mr Lohan appeared on the scene. There was a scuffle, which both men blame each for. They were both arrested. Consequently they both appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court. Both men pleaded not guilty to their respective charges. Aside from charges relating to the scuffle, during which it is alleged that Mr Lohan hit Mr Edwards over the head with a stick and was alleged that Mr Edwards grabbed Mr Lohan around the throat, Mr Lohan was also charged with possession of cannabis.
Yesterday, Mr Edwards attended West London Magistrates’ Court, expecting to face a trial, having been charged an offence under s.4 of the Public Order Act 1986, as result of the scuffle. The Prosecutor was late turning up to court, which delayed the hearing. When he did arrive, he announced that he had no witnesses against Mr Edwards. With no evidence to hear in the case, the District Judge dismissed the charge made against Mr Edwards – there was no other course of action open to him. Two witnesses had been expected: Priscilla Aroso and Babagenn Jones. The Prosecutor told the court that both witnesses had been protestors camping in St Paul’s Churchyard – he called it “the peace camp” – but that, after giving their statements to the police, neither had responded to police requests to give their evidence in court. He also said that neither witness was still at the camp. One was said to have given an email address, to which messages had been sent, but no response had been received.
Unfortunately, it is routine for criminal prosecutions to collapse because people waste police time by giving statements and then withdraw from contact with the police. Perhaps that is inevitable. However, both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service must have known the day before yesterday’s trial that they had not been in contact with the prosecution witnesses. There’s no reason for them to wait until the actual day of the trial before publicly revealing that the prosecution cannot succeed. Apart from the stress and inconvenience visited on Mr Edwards, there is a considerable amount of public cost involved: court time was allocated to this trial which could have been devoted to a trial which was likely to proceed. With all branches of the state being obliged to save money, surely canceling trials which cannot succeed would be an obvious saving? Charges could be withdrawn through an adminstrative procedure, which would be much cheaper. To avoid public confusion about dropped charges, the adminstrative withdrawal of such charges could be publicised.
After the hearing, I accompanied Mr Edwards back to Occupy London’s encampment at St Paul’s Cathedral, as I reported yesterday. He was mightily relieved and well received by all the people I saw him talking to at the site. I photographed him by Occupy London’s Information Tent.
Dominic Lohan could easily have offered to be a witness against Mr Edwards but it seems that either he or his friends prefers other remedies instead. Certainly whilst I was active in Occupy London I heard various reports of allegations made by Mr Lohan against Mr Edwards. All of these rumours alleged that Mr Edwards was in some way connected with the state. Mostly, he was said to be a police spy. Mr Lohan and his supporters have accused pretty much anyone who disagrees with them of being either a police spy, a staffer at the secret services or some other type of infiltrator; all these allegations have also been levelled at me too! Since Mr Lohan was arrested, Mr Edwards tells me that he has been subjected to an internet based campaign of hatred. Someone has taken this picture of mine and doctored it to make this, which Gabriele Kreichgauer published on Facebook:
The fact is that the people responsible for this campaign could easily have worked out where Mr Edwards’ trial was going to be heard and attended court. If any of them had witnessed the scuffle, they could have easily presented themselves as witnesses. Neither the prosecution nor the trial were secret affairs – three journalists besides myself turned up to hear the proceedings. No-one turned up in support of Mr Lohan. As I write these words, yet another commentator has posted a message on this blog saying,
“The crown could not find any witnesses” thats a complete lie – witnesses were available and were never asked to come to court. Mark as per usual has called in the help of his ex corrupt police buddies to use corrupt methods not to have him prosecuted.It is well know that Mark is a violent thug and has made threats both on facebook and personally to people and has assaulted people and even his friends have confirmed “he brings it on himself”. Occupy stinks of corruption and Mark Edwards is one of those scumbags contributing to it and is a leech to the movement and is a leech to society.
As I have repeatedly explained elsewhere on this blog, witnesses have to give statements before they can give evidence in court. The freeman cult discourages people from putting their names to anything. These witnesses, which anon (the commentator) says were available are not named. Other than the two witnesses I have named (and whose handwritten statements I saw), no-one else stepped forward with a signed witness statement. The scuffle and resulting prosecutions were well publicised. Had these people wanted to see Mr Edwards prosecuted, they could easily have assisted the police with that. Plainly, they did not want to.
Mr Edwards makes no secret of having joined the police force in his younger days. Mr Lohan and his supporters take particular umbrage at this, as this commentator reveals. To them, anyone who has ever tried to help the police in any way whatsoever, let along actually worked for them, cannot be trusted. Alongside wishing to abolish law altogether, they would like the police force abolished too! Imagine what sort of heaven they would have us live in – with justice dispensed by rumour, hate campaigns and random justice dispensed by judges unfettered by law!
The Freeman cult preaches that all judges are in breach of their oaths and recommends people relentlessly challenge judges in court to produce the actual oath they took. The upshot of this is that followers of the Freeman Cult do not engage in court proceedings which they do not recognise. Ironic then and somewhat hypocritical that “the man commonly known as Dom” – Dominic Lohan to everybody else – agreed to conditional bail at his previous court appearance on 11th November 2011. His agreement to his bail conditions left him free until tomorrow morning when he has to present himself at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 10:00am. He faces a committal hearing. Committal hearings are designed to transfer cases from the magistrates’ court to the Crown Court, where jury trials are held. Watch this space for further reports on how Mr Lohan presents his case… … meanwhile, here’s his explanation on the night of what happened – he’s obviously not shy of publicity: