Ruth Jarman found Not Guilty of offences at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests
NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES!!! Caroline Lucas, Ruth Potts, Ruth Jarman, Sheila Menon and Josef Dobraszczyk have been cleared of all the offences against them, arising from the anti-fracking protests at Balcombe last summer.
Speaking on the court steps, she said: “We’re very pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking but the judgement is not a victory or cause for celebration.”
She said she was prepared to go to prison for protest, but admitted “that was never on the cards.”
All five have been found not guilty of two charges, wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act which required protesters to use a designated protest area nearby.
During her trial, she told the court: “I’m haunted by the idea that my children and my children’s children will turn round to me and say ‘What did you do about this overwhelming threat?’
“And I want to do all I can do peacefully to address that before it’s too late.”
by Peter Doodes