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    Hi everyone,

    It's 10 days to my trial. I've got a meeting with my defence team next week and the trial is the week after.

    All my character witnesses have been served to the court and now all I can do is wait. It's been 21 months since my arrest, and the recent good news for farmer42 has given me hope.

    My solicitor told me, "No jury is going to jail you for this." I just hope the jury agrees with the sentiment.

    Best wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Im scared View Post
    Hi everyone,

    It's 10 days to my trial. I've got a meeting with my defence team next week and the trial is the week after.

    All my character witnesses have been served to the court and now all I can do is wait. It's been 21 months since my arrest, and the recent good news for farmer42 has given me hope.

    My solicitor told me, "No jury is going to jail you for this." I just hope the jury agrees with the sentiment.

    Best wishes.
    Don't forget the jury has to be beyond reasonable doubt, so they have to be absolutely certain you committed the offence. I read your first post and it seems you have a good argument, so I would believe your solicitor and continue to take advice ie about how you present yourself in court.

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    Had to quickly reply to this before leaving the office, Donít go in to over confident as that can show go in thinking this is 50/50 and I promise you will be fine I thought after the judges summing up that was it for me but it wasnít it took 22 minutes you would be surprised how like us the jury are they even wear casual clothes so do not intimidate at all show them the truth and win win win.

    I promise this weekend I will add the tips I found when on trial for you.

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    Thanks farmer. Hope life gets back to normal for you soon.

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    Also I had no character witnesses so you are already one step aahead hang in there mate

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    Hi just wanted to say I am sending you positive thoughts as you go through this horrible journey. You are not alone in any sense of the word.

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    Hi I'm Scared,

    I'm sorry I know nothing about your case but I do know what it's like to be in court for something you didn't do.

    There have been a lot of good results in the various groups lately including my own, terrifieddads and farmer 42s and two more NGs today and I believe it's down to good advice, both from others that been through it and a well prepared legal team.

    The other important factor that is often overlooked, is that the FA has had an easy time telling lies to the police but they will not get an easy ride with your barrister. I did ok on the witness stand, it's not too intimidating, like chatting to 12 stony faced strangers. The advantage you have is that you are telling the truth. There is every reason to be hopeful and positive.

    I would listen carefully to your solicitor regarding advice (take a notebook) and seek out other threads for how to conduct yourself in court but on a cautious note, I'm afraid that there are sometimes miscarriages of justice and perverse jury decisions and if you are facing a custodial sentence you must be prepared for that outcome and take a "nasty" bag into the dock with you just in case.

    i wish you the best of British luck.

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    My trial is upcoming in the summer so will be following yours intently.

    Good luck with it, and remain positive. I'm sure the truth will come out.

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    Thanks everyone.

    I'll try to keep things posted as events unfold. Is it normal to be afraid even though I'm innocent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Im scared View Post

    I'll try to keep things posted as events unfold. Is it normal to be afraid even though I'm innocent?
    Perfectly normal yes. Everyone is afraid of the unknown but after the first day (often the worst) it should get a little easier.

    There were 2 more NG's just yesterday in the groups.

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    Thanks. I hope i can add to those NGs. I just hope i don't screw things up on the witness stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer42 View Post
    Had to quickly reply to this before leaving the office, Donít go in to over confident as that can show go in thinking this is 50/50 and I promise you will be fine I thought after the judges summing up that was it for me but it wasnít it took 22 minutes you would be surprised how like us the jury are they even wear casual clothes so do not intimidate at all show them the truth and win win win.

    I promise this weekend I will add the tips I found when on trial for you.
    Just wanted to say Farmer42 that your support on here is amazing. So many people just leave the forums once they get the NG verdicts. Thank you so much for staying!
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    As has been said already - do take the "nasty bag". It's only the same as taking an umbrella when there is a chance of rain. With it, if the worst happens, you have your first little victory. Without it, if the worst happens you will get "soaked"! If you get the right result, the worst that has happened is you have lugged a bag around for nothing.

    Stay calm and you will get through. Listen carefully to everything in court and anything your legal team say to you.

    Which region is your trial in? Don't name the court on here, but if someone is in the area, they may be able to give you some moral support and gain some experience of a real trial, if they are awaiting their own trial.
    "You are not obliged to say anything but it WILL harm your defence if you DO mention something that might help you in court. Anything you say will be put to the complainant so they can change their story."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Im scared View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    I'll try to keep things posted as events unfold. Is it normal to be afraid even though I'm innocent?
    I think that it wouldn't be normal to NOT be afraid, when you're innocent. (Excuse the double negative, please. :-))

    Having this happen when you are innocent is so outside the bounds of normal expectations, that it's a terrifying experience. When you're guilty, there is always the possibility of being caught, tried and convicted. When you're innocent, the possibility of being wrongly convicted is almost beyond imagination.

    No wonder you're scared, but follow the good advice, trust in the fact that you have prepared well and draw strength from your legal team. That gives you the best possible chance of getting the correct result.

    Oh, and know that you have a bug group of people here rooting for you.
    'Mongolian Warriors had the courage of lions, the patience of hounds, the prudence of cranes, the long-sightedness of ravens, the wildness of wolves, the passion of fightingcocks, the keenness of cats, the fury of wild boars and the cunning of foxes.' BE A MONGOLIAN WARRIOR WHEN DEFENDING YOUR INNOCENCE!

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    My sons trial is coming up and I'm feeling so very frightened not sure how we are all going to cope.
    Wishing you loads of luck will have everything crossed for you....will be following your updates. Just remember you are innocent!!x

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    Thanks everyone.

    I had a conference with my barrister yesterday and while she and my solicitor seem confident. I am less so. Hearing things from the prosecutions perspective is deeply unsetlling and makes me afraid to take the stand.

    While my accuser did give consent and was fully able to do so I still feel responsible for what happened and thats what the prosscution will use against me.

    Best wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Im scared View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    I had a conference with my barrister yesterday and while she and my solicitor seem confident. I am less so. Hearing things from the prosecutions perspective is deeply unsetlling and makes me afraid to take the stand.

    While my accuser did give consent and was fully able to do so I still feel responsible for what happened and thats what the prosscution will use against me.

    Best wishes
    No disrespect pal but how can anyone be confident in your position?
    My trial is coming up very shortly, and I just keep playing it out in my head!

    Stand tall, and keep things in perspective!!!

    You sound like you have a good team around you..
    Keep posting and let us know how you are getting on..

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    Does anyone have any tips on remaining calm in the dock?

    Best wishes

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    Hi Mate in the dock I held a picture of my son in my palm as heís the most important thing in my life so any time I was scared or angry I looked at it and remembered why I am fighting it helped. Also between legal talks and judge not in I spoke to the dock guard about life random things it was relaxing and he was very friendly.

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    Thank you rightsfinder having been through it I fully sympathise with everyone and will always do what I can when I cannot in a hurry to leave.

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    Thank you farmer for being here for us. Yourr a source of hope and inspiriation

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    Thank you for all your support. Wish me luck.

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    We're all with you today Hun.
    Stay strong and trust your innocence!
    Everything is crossed!!!
    Big big hugs
    YoH

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    Thank you for your support YoH

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    Thinking of you.
    'Mongolian Warriors had the courage of lions, the patience of hounds, the prudence of cranes, the long-sightedness of ravens, the wildness of wolves, the passion of fightingcocks, the keenness of cats, the fury of wild boars and the cunning of foxes.' BE A MONGOLIAN WARRIOR WHEN DEFENDING YOUR INNOCENCE!

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    Good luck mate thinking of you

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    Best wishes for this week fella, we are all here for you!

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    Default First day done

    First day went okay. One of the jurors smiled at me when he saw my nervous disposition. My barrister must be capable of some form of witchcraft, she got my accuser to describe me as "gentlemanly" in front of the jury.

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    Well thats a positive start pal!
    Keep focused and keep updated

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    Its my turn on the stand today. The prosecution are going to try to tear me a new one

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