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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:54

A father has been jailed at a secret court hearing for sending a Facebook message to his grown-up son on his 21st birthday.
Garry Johnson, 46, breached a draconian gagging order which stops him publicly naming his son, Sam, whom he has brought up and who still lives with him.
In a case which is certain to fuel concerns about Britain’s shadowy network of secret courts, a judge sent the former music executive to prison for contempt at a closed-doors family court hearing in Essex at the beginning of last month.

He was not arrested by police or even represented by a lawyer.

The order silencing Mr Johnson – which follows an acrimonious divorce eight years ago – means he cannot mention either of his boys, 21-year-old Sam and Adam, 18, in public, even by congratulating them in a local newspaper announcement when they get engaged, married or have children in the future.

The extraordinary gag is set to last until the end of his life, although his boys are now adults. Last night they condemned their father’s jailing as ‘cruel and ludicrous’.

After their parents’ divorce, the two boys chose to live with their father, following a series of rows with their mother over her new boyfriend.

But within a year of the divorce, Mr Johnson’s ex-wife made allegations to Essex social workers that he was neglecting the children and not feeding them properly at his smart family home.

An investigation by social workers cleared him of any wrongdoing and said the boys were fine.

A year later, in 2006, she made further allegations to social workers that he was mentally unfit to care for the boys.

Medical documents shown to the Mail by Sam and Adam reveal that Mr Johnson was examined three times by a local psychiatrist hired by social workers. The doctor wrote to social workers saying:


‘There is no evidence of mental illness. I cannot understand why there are concerns about Mr Johnson’s mental health.’
Social services refused, as a result, to get involved.

In 2007, the ex-wife started private care proceedings to remove the boys from their father. A judge put the boys under a ‘living at home with parent’ care order.

Read more: Daily Mail

Wow :|


#2 torrentthief

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:21

and people call people like me who warn people of things like this conspiracy theorists.

#3 ZakO

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:22

Is there any reliable newspaper reporting this news? DailyMail writers have a tendency to lie make up stories misrepresent information get their stories a little factually incorrect and leave out important details.

#4 OP Steven P.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:24

Well seeing as an MP also commented on the case, I'd say it's legit!

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:44

From the details provided, the wife (sorry ex-wife) seems to be holding quite the grudge. Also, it's the first time I've heard of these 'secret courts'. How are they even legal?

Edited by Sszecret, 01 June 2013 - 10:45.


#6 torrentthief

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:47

From the details provided, the wife (sorry ex-wife) seems to be holding quite the grudge. Also, it's the first time I've heard of these 'secret courts'. How are they even legal?


they aren't. Secret courts, family courts and magistrate courts are all unlawful. Only common law courts are lawful but we have a treasonous government hence why our rights are being removed.

#7 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:48

they aren't. Secret courts, family courts and magistrate courts are all unlawful. Only common law courts are lawful but we have a treasonous government hence why our rights are being removed.


Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Got any?

#8 jakem1

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:55

Well seeing as an MP also commented on the case, I'd say it's legit!


I'm not sure what's worse, the Daily Heil or an MP :laugh:

Having said that, secret courts are increasingly becoming a problem in this country and there's no justifiable reason why they should exist. If a case can't be presented in an open court then it shouldn't be presented at all.

#9 Torolol

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:03

Float-Man-y, explain to us non-UKs about this 'Secret Court'.

#10 Sszecret

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:10

they aren't. Secret courts, family courts and magistrate courts are all unlawful. Only common law courts are lawful but we have a treasonous government hence why our rights are being removed.


Well if the order was issued by one of those secret courts it means that the man is actually free to go (or should be). Can't he counter the decision in a proper court?

#11 hamslammer

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:20

and people call people like me who warn people of things like this conspiracy theorists.


Amen brother!! When the government can do things like this to us then it is time to sit up, take notice, and remove these people from public office. I have no trust in my government to be honest with citizens at all.

#12 Tews

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:28

This sounds something that Hitler or Stalin would approve of, but the UK ... disgusting!!

#13 Lamp0

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:43

and people call people like me who warn people of things like this conspiracy theorists.


Aren't you guys always telling everyone not to believe the media?

This is the daily mail; the story is sexed up at best.

There may very well be an injustice here, but it's no help when journlism is reduced to sensationalist drivel.

#14 compl3x

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:02

breached a draconian gagging order which stops him publicly naming his son, Sam,


I don't understand, how does a gagging order protect the children from anything?

#15 Hum

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 13:48

No end of human stupidity. :rolleyes:



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