June 17, 2007

Allegations of criminal witness intimidation by the University Secretary of Kingston University, UK

For those of you who are interested, this Friday, 22 June at 10:00 a.m. there will be a repeat "performance" (a continuation of a hearing from 10 May) of a hearing before the Richmond Magistrates' Court in the matter of allegations of criminal witness intimidation by the University Secretary of Kingston University, Donald Beaton.

According to the allegations cited in a Court-issued summons, Mr Beaton allegedly attempted to intimidate likely witnesses to an Employment Tribunal proceeding against the University into turning over ALL EXISTING COPIES (including originals) of evidence in relation to an ongoing Tribunal case, thereby creating a potential for these copies to be destroyed, altered, or otherwise rendered unusable as evidence.

You are all invited to attend the hearing, at which Mr Beaton is, as I understand it, supposed to enter his plea.

Several questions remain to be decided - is witness intimidation perfectly legal if it occurs in connection with Employment Tribunal proceedings? And if it is NOT legal, will the Crown Prosecution Service then choose to take over the prosecution of this case from the alleged victims (former University lecturers)?

To read a copy of the Summons, link to: www.sirpeterscott.com


Anonymous said...

I am not surprised. Let's hope a jail term is a possibility.

That would be wonderful.

Stuart said...

I just have to comment on this. In the summons it states that "Mr Beaton sent a total of 5 letters to the complainants ... indicated ... [complainants] had, by virtue of having gathered evidence of a civil matter, as a matter of fact, committed a criminal offence and ... were complicit in this alleged criminal offence, statements which Mr Beaton knew to be patently false".

Kingston University Secretary Donald Beaton needs exposing as a bully and liar.

Everyone is entitled to civil proceedings and entitled to prepare for them. Victimisation is completely unacceptable.