Yesterday (November 5th) was the committal hearing for the three squatters arrested in the high profile raid in Brighton earlier this year.
Originally, the three arrestees were charged with Squatting in a Residential Building, Obstructing Police and Abstracting Electricity. Abstraction is an either way offense, so the defendants had opted for a crown court trial, with a full jury.
However, yesterday the CPS dropped the Abstraction of Electricity charge, meaning the matter is summary only, and will be heard in the Magistrate’s court. The date for the trial has been set for 22-24th April 2013. Solidarity and support would be much appreciated.