It is one of the most disgraceful abuses of children on the internet.
Claims by a mother of her children being subject to a satanic child abuse cult in Hampstead hit the headlines last week after a judgement by Mrs Justice Pauffley found that the allegations were false and malicious.
Ella Draper claimed that her children had been sexually abused by teachers at their primary school, members of a local church, and others in the town.
Alleged ‘statements’ by the children were posted on the internet. In their statements they claimed that drugged babies were sent from abroad by courier services such as TNT and DHL to London and then sacrificed.
At least seven schools were named, a swimming pool identified as a meeting place and ‘rituals’ were alleged to have been performed at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant
The children’s father, Mr Dearman, whose three-year relationship with Draper ended acrimoniously in 2007, was falsely said to be the leader of the cult, and teachers, police and even a priest to be among its more than 100 members.
Mrs Justice Pauffley was asked to investigate by social services bosses in care proceedings brought by Barnet council after the two children were said to be at the centre of the cult’s abuse.
But the judge said they were in fact forced by Draper and her partner, Abraham Christie to ‘provide concocted accounts of horrific events’ in filmed mobile phone recordings and to lie to police when interviewed after the allegations were brought to the attention of officers in September last year.
She ruled that the youngsters’ ‘fantasy’ accounts of abuse stemmed from ‘relentless emotional and psychological pressure’ by Draper and Christie, who beat them into concocting stories.
Pictures emerged last week of both yoga teacher Draper and Christie, who has a criminal record for violence, dishonesty and drugs offences, cavorting semi-naked in a cannabis field.
Tests on Draper’s son and daughter, aged eight and nine, showed they had both ingested cannabis in the months before being into taken care.
Mrs Justice Pauffley ruled: ‘Torture is the most accurate way to describe what was done by Mr Christie in collaboration with Ms Draper.
‘Both children were assaulted by Mr Christie by being hit with a metal spoon on multiple occasions over their head and legs, by being pushed into walls, punched, pinched and kicked.
‘Water was poured over them as they knelt semi-clothed.’
As a result of Draper’s false claims, a mob of online vigilantes posted material falsely naming dozens of individuals claiming they were paedophiles.
Some of the online material included ‘interviews’ with the children taken by one of the vigilantes acting as some kind of amateur sleuth, and videos of illegally obtained police interviews with the children.
The interviews clearly identify Draper’s children who are the subject of ongoing investigations and legal proceedings. As vulnerable minors, their identity is protected by law, and it is illegal for anyone to distribute information which could identify them.
Even so, a small group of online bloggers and YouTube posters have placed the information in the public domain.
In addition to the online abuse of these children, mobs have gathered in Hampstead outside of the primary school where the children attended, and have embarked on a campaign of abuse and harassment of teachers and parents trying to take their children to and from the primary school.
Those responsible for initiating the campaign of harassment against innocent people are part of the Association of McKenzie Friends, a self-styled ‘justice’ organisation operated by two people – Belinda McKenzie and Sabine McNeill.
Both McKenzie and McNeill have been responsible for similar campaigns in the past. In fact, the details of their current campaign are remarkably similar to false accusations against innocent people in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In that case, they were instrumental in promoting online and offline harassment and abuse aimed at people falsely accused of being part of a satanic child abuse ring, who included individuals, police, social workers, judiciary, and others. The false claims also stemmed from a mother of dubious character who claimed that her Down’s syndrome daughter had been subjected to sexual abuse over a prolonged period by just about everyone the (then) child had come into contact with.
McKenzie in particular has something of a chequered past in relation to campaign groups with highly dubious motives.
She was once the main campaigner for a charity called ‘IranAid’ which was closed down after it was suspected that funds were being used for a terrorist organisation and in the region of £5 million per annum had ‘gone missing’ from donations. McKenzie also claimed that records of the charity were mysteriously destroyed as the investigation probed deeper, and the Charity Commission reported the matter to the police as a crime under section 11 of the Charities Act 1993.
McKenzie has also been involved in an organisation of dubious credibility in the USA called the ‘Starchild Project’, in which she was (and may still be) the treasurer to which all donations were made.
McNeill has been closely involved with the ‘Association of McKenzie Friends’ for several years, and has been responsible for spreading misinformation and making false claims against innocent people in many cases during that time.
McNeill’s actions in this case are so serious that when she received information that the Metropolitan Police wanted to question her in connection with the alleged harassment of innocent people in Hampstead it seems that she decided to flee the country rather than face their questions.
Her whereabouts are currently unknown, but she may have fled to mainland Europe, and possibly her home country of Germany.
If you have any information of her whereabouts please contact the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Team at Barnet police station.