In June we had a short one hour hearing to lift the £400,000 condition to appeal. The judge ruled that I didn't have to pay the £400,000, but unfortunately ruled that I had to pay £120,000 as security.
Despite the good news I am grumpy about the £120,000. Quite frankly this condition to pay £120,000 to appeal is deeply unfair. In the last 5 years I have paid out over £1m in legal fees trying to defend my name. My flat is mortgaged up to the hilt and I have pretty much run out of money. I am going for broke on this now.
Whilst at the same time David de Freitas is represented by an army of lawyers who are on a "no win no fee" arrangement. If I lose they will charge me double fees at over £1200 per hour as their "success fee".
These are specialist lawyers, his lead counsel is Manual Barca QC who is in the top 10 defamation lawyers in the country as well as another junior barrister and 4 other solicitors. To date David de Freitas has spent absolutely nothing on legal fees; he had publicly accused me of raping his daughter; got away with it; drained me of cash and now holding me to ransom again.
If David de Freitas loses, well he won't pay me anything because he has no money in the first place. If I win then I still lose. I only took David de Freitas to court because he would not shut up and continued accusing me of rape for months. What else was I supposed to do? Let him continue to accuse me of rape and roll over like a dog?
Ok, end of rant. But it does pose a lot of questions about the justice system. If you are innocent and publicly accused of rape then be prepared to sacrifice everything you've got, to just try to get your life back.
The fight will continue to clear my name. It will continue on April 17th 2018.