I was speaking to a friend of Simon's, Rick Hobbs, who attended Leeds court on Monday 28th July, and Simon is to be retried for the remaining charges in December. Mr. Davies says that Simon and Steve must raise £5,000 asap if they are to have any chance of remaining in the USA.
The Heretical Two need some help in the way of a fund raising drive. It seems that USD 10,000 should do the trick, or £5,000. Are you able to tap any sources in England or the USA to help them?
'Fixed' trial date fixed ? - Heretical Two
Preston racist jailed in USA
1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2008
By Nazia Parveen »
A Preston man who skipped bail and fled abroad after being convicted of distributing racist material, is still locked up in the United States.
Stephen Whittle was found guilty of a series of race-related offences by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.
The 41-year-old, from Avenham Lane, Avenham, was due to return to court on Monday, July 14, while a jury continued deliberating over further charges, but he did not turn up.
It is believed Whittle travelled with his co-defendant Simon Sheppard from the UK to Ireland by ferry before taking a direct flight to Los Angeles.
Both were detained by immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport.
Whittle was convicted of five counts of publishing racially inflammatory written material.
Simon Sheppard, 51, of Brook Street, Selby, North Yorkshire, was also found guilty after a seven-week trial of nine counts of publishing racially inflammatory written material on a website.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said they were both still in custody in the USA and a re-trial date for Sheppard has been set for December 8.
NWN: A retrial date for the 8th.December ? Errm , how do they know that Simon and Steve will be coming back to the UK ?