Thank you so much to all of you who were thinking of us this morning, in court with ‘Serena’. There was a phalanx of church family who turned up to support her and we all sat there looking fiercely at everyone 😉
We waited for an hour, while Hub, Serena and then our treasurer (who is a witness) were grilled in turn by the woman barrister. This is the first time Serena’s had a woman, and a good thing too. It should be mandatory for trafficking cases.
We then learned that although our judge only had 2 cases to hear, he was in the middle of a deportation hearing with a prisoner and it was likely to take at least 2 hours. In the end the Home Office rep asked for an adjournment.
We all sagged – not again. This is the 6th time Serena has been to court, only to have the case postponed. But this time there is a good reason: her psychiatric report recommends that social services are involved in order to make a thorough assessment of their health needs and child welfare. This had not been done, and must be done now, before another hearing.
So we go back in 8 weeks, hoping like mad that social services will have had time to do their stuff.
Ho hum. On we go :**: