|David de Freitas poses for photographers outside court with his nieces.|
Friday, 27 May 2016
Harassment Trial: Part 3
Yesterday was the first day of the trial. David de Freitas had taken the stand was playing the role of the quivering victim. He was saying how frightened he was, how scared he was of me and how scared he was of going to court.
And guess what I found online?
A video online of him posing for the cameras outside the court. Then there were pictures of him posing with his nieces. He wasn't afraid at all, in fact he loved the attention, the publicity.
At 10 am we were back in court. Another witness would give evidence this morning for the prosecution and then it was my turn.
The witness that morning was Sebastian Gosden-Hooh In fact his full name is Sebastian Noel Cavendish Gosden-Hood. His father is John Gosden, a famous horse trainer. When Sebastian took the witness stand and gave his name it was ridiculous. It was like, who the hell is this guy? He had said not even started to give evidence and already came across as a pompous idiot.
Sebastian and I had been friends back in 2007. We used to play football together and we had had a falling out of some trivial matter a few years ago, but we never spoke again after that.
Here he was going to give evidence against me. He was best friends with Lizzie Noel, who is Eleanor's cousin. His loyalty was with Lizzie and the de Freitas family.
Sebastian Gosden is known to embellish, exaggerate and to lie (amongst my circle of friends). But what he didn't know is that I had evidence to prove it.
Sebastian took the witness stand and started to give evidence. And then boom, ambush time! My lawyer Colin handed him a document which had various text messages on it. Text messages from two years ago.
Ever since I was accused of rape I have kept all records. No one keeps text messages for two years, but I did. Sebastian wasn't banking on that. He was telling the court about something I told him and about various messages that I'd sent him, yet I had the messages that showed the opposite.
It threw him. He was all over the place. Stuttering away.
After his evidence one of my friends who was watching from the public gallery asked me: "Sebastian Gosden-Hood, who is that guy, is he a heroin addict?"
I am not joking. He was like the comedy witness. His evidence was so far fetched and inconsistent it was like a joke. He was even referring to the judge as "dude".
After lunchtime it was to take the stand. My turn. I was nervous as hell. Last night I had only slept about 3 hours. I had been searching for this one document and it took me hours to find.
In the morning I needed to get up early to go running. The run would calm my nerves for the entire day and help me think. It was better that I was tired but clear headed.
The whole case was really about me. The verdict rested on my shoulders. I needed to justify that what I did was " objectively reasonable" in the eyes of the law.
Essentially I needed to show that:
1. I sent letters to David de Freitas and his lawyers in response to the press, which was wrongly asserting that I had raped his daughter. And that the letters were designed to deter further defamatory remarks and no more.
2. I had set up a website (which contained mainly CCTV and images of Eleanor as a prostitute) to counter the false allegations that were all over the Internet and no more.
And that's what I explained to the court. First I gave my "evidence in chief", which is when you tell your side of the story, with my lawyer Colin asking, "what happened next" and I kept telling my story. I spoke of all the press, the death threat, and wanting to clear my name.
Next came cross examination. William Emlyn Jones was the prosecutor. And he was good. He was so good. It was scary.
Rule no. 1 is always tell the truth in court. If you lie you are dead meat, and it's also a very serious criminal offence.
Bill Emyln-Jones - aka "the shark" started his cross examination, but I was shooting him down on every point. I was innocent here and I was going to show him who was the victim. I had been the victim of a malicious press campaign, not de Freitas.
Every question was a leading question which would often finish with the words "isn't it" or "isn't that right". Every now and then he would say "That's a pack of lies Mr Economou" or "I put it to to you that..."
It was brutal. I was in the witness box for an hour but it felt like three hours.
Then came a question that really threw me. This was the sharks "piece de resistance". I had previously explained I created the website for the world to see, so they could see Eleanor was a liar and that i was innocent.
Bill Emlyn-Jones: "Mr Economou, who else out of all the people in the world would be the the person most interested in this case?"
There was a silence and I sheepishly replied, "David de Freitas", there was no other answer. I thought I was a gonner.
After an hour of cross examination the trial concluded with closing arguments and the judge said he would give his verdict on June 2nd, which was almost a week away.