Obstruction of the Highway - Guilty: 11/12/19

Court date



City of London Magistrates, C1

Hearing date:


Wednesday 11 December 2019

Bench (DJ or JPs)


DJ Kenyon

Charged with:


Obstruction of the Highway, Millbank, October 7

Represented by:



Please outline key points prosecution and defence case(s).


No bw shown or arresting officer present, but PC Cannon’s statement was read out, and uncontested by defendant.

Defendant took the stand to plead Necessity, with questions from Judge Kenyon. Did not move when asked because believed disruption necessary, more accommodating forms had already been tried. Gov’t in a revolving door with polluting corporations. The social contract has broken down, there is a moral imperative to change things radically so as to mitigate coming horrors of CE.

He also mentioned being on the board of Mission Life Force. Argued ‘imminence’ was real, citing recent urging of UN Sec Gen at Madrid.

Was defence evidence submitted in writing?



Judge had received earlier sends consisting of climate reports.



Did defence witness(es) give evidence in person? Were they cross-examined?





What was the verdict?



What was the sentence?


9 months conditional discharge

What costs were awarded?


Crown requested £620+20; Defendant argued his lack of means and it was reduced to £100+20, at £5 pw.  

Please add anything else relevant.


Defendant has been arrested 5 times, starting with the Commons naked action and followed by other high-profile actions. He is waiting for further charges and trials.