December 20th, 2013

Associated Press Nigella Exclusive

Of course Associated Press are professional journalists, trained in media law and court reporting and wouldn’t mess up like some blogger…


84 Comments

  1. 1
    Crapmeister says:

    Is this my moment

  2. 2
    Non taxable pikey says:

    DOH!

  3. 3
    Kerching!!!!!!!! says:

    Libel.

    • 28
      CoCo the Clown says:

      How come they didn’t play tax on it then?

      Jury must have been on drugs! So its Ok to steal from addicts is it?

      • 34
        A useful rule of thumb says:

        Never trust an addict when they talk about drugs

        • 68
          The Grillos says:

          She was obviously vulnerable, so we decided to takje full advantage of that.

          We dragged her reputation throught he mud to demonstrate just how vulnerable she was and the judge didn’t thinl for a moment that this might be abuse of process.

          The jury clearly felt it was OK to take advantage of a vulnerable person like this.

          Therefore we are innocent. Even we can’t quite believe that.

  4. 4
    fox of fleet feet says:

    We journo’s are always right !

  5. 5
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    Dick heads.

  6. 6
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Asked if he was pleased about the verdict in the fraud trial of Nigella Lawson’s former assistants, David Cameron has told journalists: “I’ve probably said enough about this, so I’ll take the 5th.”

    The judge in the trial told jurors to ignore his comments from an interview with the Spectator magazine in which he confirmed he was on “Team Nigella” – the name of a campaign started by the TV cook’s fans.

    Judge Robin Johnson said: “It is of regret when people in public office comment about a person who is involved in a trial which is in progress.

    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-12-20/cameron-declines-to-comment-on-nigella-ex-pas-verdict/

    Cameron should have kept his thoughts to himself.

    • 12
      Ed Miliband says:

      When Len wants to hear my thoughts on something, he gives them to me at least 24Hrs prior.

    • 45
      Turkey Nuggets R Us says:

      … and the wally on the bench needs to buy himself a tv set. What planet to these “judges” live on?

      • 69
        The Judge says:

        You are in contempt!

        If the defense want to drag the witness for the prosecution through the mud spreading foul gossip for no obvious reason, that is entirely up to them.

        They are free to say whatver they like, no matter how abusive or intrusive or irrelevant to the case.

        As long as it helps drag the whole thing out so me and my mates in the law firms can make some serious dosh out of it, we’re OK with it.

    • 59
      MacGuffin says:

      My goodness, the Prime Minister was very quick to defend someone accused of hiding a drug habit.

      *innocent face*

  7. 7
    Saatchi's Legal Team says:

    That’ll do nicely.

  8. 8
    nellnewman says:

    So Nigella and Charles took them to court fraudulently?

  9. 9
    Paranoid Android says:

  10. 10

    Is this confused.com??

  11. 11
    Philip Schofield says:

    I found the same within 3 minutes of internet searching.

  12. 15
    I've got something in my pocket for you... says:

    Yawn…..fap fap fap etc…..

  13. 16
    Reader says:

    The more I hear about this flimsy prosecution, the more I am convinced by people who suggest that the case was merely a proxy attempt to smear Nigella.

    • 20
      AP News says:

      What was that Nigella has had a smear?

    • 46
      Round the Bend says:

      Problem is Nigella is the one who sought the prosecution. Why did the police and CPS prosecute anyway, the charges were very iffy, was it as a favour to Nigella. Look at the police escort as Nigella enters the court, compared to the press scrum when the Grillo’s enter. The prosecution stinks to high heaven as favours for the powerful.

      • 62
        A BBC Special Correspondent says:

        So next weeks TO DO LIST:

        CAMERON Attempt to pervert the course of justice

        LAWSON Illegal Substance use

        SAATCHI Fraud

      • 64
        Lord Stansted says:

        Spot on RTB. I noticed that the sisters had to fight their way into the Court, yet the Lawson er al didn’t.

      • 70
        Are you serious??? says:

        Hold on. These girls spent £650,000 using somebody else’s credit card on their own stuff with no paperwork to show they were permitted to do it and there defense was:-

        “She was off her head on drugs so we thought we ought to be allowed to get away with it”

        So basically if you are on Prozac, or Morphine perhaps, anybody can turn up to your house and nick your TV, because we now have legal precedent that someone on drugs is “fair game”

        • 72
          Yorkie says:

          Over a 4 year period….surely one might notice if a member of staff was on a spending spree!

        • 74
          Round the Bend says:

          Yes, very serious. This case should have been a civil action as it was about contracts or to be more precise a lack of a contract. Then Nigella should would have had to pay the court case. The Police and CPS should never have prosecuted as any competent contract lawyer would have shown what a heap of doodoo the case would be.

          There should be an investigation as to why this prosecution was ever given credibility.

  14. 17
    The Guardian says:

    It can now be reported that David Cameron’s “unprecedented” public backing for Nigella Lawson during the fraud trial of her former personal assistants came close to collapsing the case because it was considered “an abuse of process”. The prime minister had stunned lawyers when he gave a magazine interview in the middle of the jury trial, where he described the TV chef – the key prosecution witness – as a “very funny and warm person” and said he was “a massive fan”.

    After losing a morning to legal argument over the matter, the judge ruled the case could continue, but told the jury to ignore Cameron’s “regrettable” intervention in the Spectator magazine, in which he said he was in “Team Nigella”

    • 23
      #susanalbumparty says:

      #LOL

    • 48
      A Lawyer says:

      I don’t call it losing a morning. I call it gaining half a term’s school fees.

    • 50
      Oi vay, two rollmops, garcon svp. says:

      I suppose you all noticed the tribe from which the main defence lawyer comes? They really are great at wasting public funds and bolstering their own bank balances.

      • 71
        Are you serious??? says:

        The entire legal profession is very good at stretching out apparently simple legal cases to extraordinary lengths if it means they get to line their own pockets.

    • 60
      Freedom for the media! says:

      I propose new regulations to prevent the PM forcing newspapers to publish his opinions thus allowing him to intervene in such important trials.

  15. 18
    dgos says:

    Well did they pay tax on benefits

    Did Lawson pay tax on income

    Good one for Guido to take up

  16. 22
    Smitten from Grimsby says:

    Whether it’s baking cakes or walking to court,I never get fed up with seeing Nigella.
    She’s lovely.

  17. 24
    Chuks may be a Browning but he wants the black vote says:
    • 37
      Jackson 5 says:

      I have a dream,
      That one day Jesse Jackson will release white folk from their collective guilt and bl*ck people hold themselves responsible for their own actions and not blame others.
      That glorious day we can say free at last,free at last,
      thank god almighty we are free at last,

      • 53
        Baldrick's burger bar says:

        I don’t think much of Jackson or his politicking, but when he pops his clogs, the over-done sickfest we have just witnessed following the death of some African terry wrist will seem like a stroll in the park.

        Better get your popcorn in early.

  18. 26
    One Hour before Porridge says:
    • 54
      Baldrick's burger bar says:

      .. but in China they just shoot them and send the bill for the bullet to the family. See, the Chinks can do some things properly (a bit like the N Koreans).

  19. 27
    david says:

    Hmmm so Dave backed Team Typhoon to win orders in the ME, and that has gorn down the pan, and Team Nigella got well and truly stuffed, will Guido start referring to Dave as ‘Jonah’ I think not. Now the case is over and the ‘free press’ start their feeding frenzy, I wonder how many more celebs will be in the, ‘Hacked Off’ camp before New Year?

    Of course I blame the parents, what sort of male role model did Nigella have in her formative years? Her father, of course not, he’d pissed off with his secretary and dumped her mum when she was young: family values ‘eh.

    • 31
      Adolphe Miliband says:

      Never leave the women folk.

      Well not unless its in a different country.

      • 47
        Ghent says:

        I have wondered if it was the other way round: if it was the ladies who decided that it was young Adolph who was the liability.

  20. 29
    Friday lunchtime before Christmas says:

    We’re not as think as drunkle peep.

  21. 30
    dgos says:

    Has any tax been paid on the money

    Good item for Guido to follow up

  22. 32
    the bubonic plague says:

    hello

  23. 36
    alexei romanov says:

    Obviously the English legal system baffles them,its usually the accused and not the ones bringing charges that are cleared.

    • 49
      Do keep up. says:

      Saatchi and Nigella did not bring the charges. That was the CPS on behalf of the long-suffering public. Saatchi and Nigella were witnesses.

  24. 38
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    I guess I’m too old to wear black lipstick and eyeliner?

  25. 39
    Airey Belvoir says:

    So,with this verdict, now we know the truth as the Jury sees it. Saatchi exposed as a rage-fuelled, egomaniac, controlling bully, Nigella as a needy, insecure cokehead with dubious parenting skills. Saatchi comes off much worse – he must bitterly regret starting this revenge prosecution. Like a Greek tragedy.

    • 83
      Vicky Pryce( now being taught in high school drama classes) says:

      Not as good as mine though .

    • 84
      Jim says:

      You have to look at the Source of the Evidence. It all came from Hubby like a rewritten TV script.
      The Judge should have been more aware, but then the CPS were even bigger fools calling it fraud with legitimate receipts via an audited accounting system.
      The only Politicians found guilty last time wrote their own documents.
      Easy money for the Legal Profession.
      Very Sad Day for English Justice for Women.
      Bad Day Men.

  26. 41
    ancientpopeye says:

    Does this mean they can keep the £800,000 now?

  27. 56
    An awkward bastard says:

    If I wrote a book and sent someone out to buy up loads and loads of copies to make it look as if the book was a best seller and the writer should be interviewed or given prizes or something then I expect that somebody would come to my house and arrest me for fraud.

  28. 58
    Araucaria says:

    Prosecution isnt working.

    But it does distract from the Palace of Westminster Porcelain.

  29. 61
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I know a woman in Clydach right and she had a problem with cocaine.

    To cut a long story short Police and Social services were on her case in a flash and her two children aged four and eight ended up in Council Care.

    The Authorities in London do not seem to me very good at responding to problems.

  30. 63
    MB. says:

    I haven’t see anything in the coverage about whether HMRC will be having a look at the income tax records of the various people involved in this case.

  31. 65
    Big D says:

    So if the sisters are not guilty then arent the other two guilty of making a false case against them in a court of law?
    All that play acting in vain Nigella.
    I reckon the the Saatchsi deserved each other .
    Wonder what Trinny thinks ?
    When will plod go knocking on doors ?

  32. 66
    Mugged says:

    A pair of devious fraudsters get off the hook. Our justice system is down the Toilet!

  33. 76
    Biffo says:

    Imo if Trinny has any sense, she will get a new boyfriend or at least dump the current one.

  34. 77
    Lke you said the bankers ARE scum says:

    Problem is She wasn’t cautioned before making statements that might incriminate her. She should have been told by those doing the cross or the judge that she didn’t have to answer. Therefore any self-incriminating statement she may have made in the witness box cannot be used against her

    • 79
      The BBC off their fucking heads on Charlie says:

      Any admissions of previous drug taking is irrelevant as you cannot be convicted on them . You have to be caught in actual possession therefore all this talk of a police investigation is bollocks.

  35. 78
    Lke you said the bankers ARE scum says:

    Oh & I suggest Her counsel fukced up by allowing it to happen


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