I had made what I considered were serious allegations of failure of duty against the Chief Coroner John Leckey which were detailed in my previous post.
Amongst those approached for help was the Office of the lord Chief Justice who told me that he had no further responsibility for the past behaviour of Leckey since he had retired the previous month. I thought it was improbable that he would retire just to avoid scrutiny of his time in office but what did I know. I asked for advice on how else I might advance my concerns and was told that I couldn’t take it any further and that my only recourse would be to appeal to the Queen. On being told that, I concluded that it was either an arrogant and distainful response or he didn’t know much about his job. Either way, I couldn’t imagine the circumstances that would persuade me to follow through his suggestion.
It was hard to find out if there was some means of petitioning the Queen although research suggested that she had a tangential responsibility for appointing judges. No one seemed to know.
Maybe the Lord Chief Justice’s Office was right after all so I decided to submit an application to her. Although I may be addressing my petition to the Queen I thought it better to send it to the Department within the Royal Household which would deal with it. I could find that out from one of the Judicial Offices who should know.
I wrote back to the Lord Chief justice for help. I also wrote to the Coroner’s Office and to the Minister of Justice.
The Lord Chief Justice wrote :-
“You have asked for details regarding how you may write to the Queen. I regret that I am unaware of who you might best approach in relation to this request.”
I had told him that I was given this advice from a member of his staff in his Complaints office.He didn’t seemed at all phased that it was possible that perhaps his staff member knew more than him or alternatively his staff member was lying.
The Coroner’s Office ignored the question in their reply.
The Department of Justice never sent a reply.
On 21st April 2017, I posted a letter to Her Majesty the Queen.
By now I had learned to register or use Track and Trace for any letters of importance that I was sending to one of the justice Agencies because I had experienced so many letters going astray in the post and thus causing inordinate delays or no response at all. By now and using such practices, Justice had been delayed for nearly 14 years.
Track and Trace is a useful tool to progress an item of mail through the Postal System at each stage of delivery. Each letter is given a code and each stage is notified to the sender through the internet and each stage is signed for by the receiver all the way through till delivery. A signature by a member of staff at the Post Office would be quickly followed up by a second signature at Tomb Street Delivery Office and then forwarded to the next stage.
I posted the letter First Class to the Queen on 21 April 2017 at Creighton’s Garage on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.
It read :-
I expected the letter to arrive the following day or within 48 hours.
After 48 hours I checked on the Internet and it was shown that it had still not been received at Tomb Street but was on its way.
Twenty one days after posting the Track and Trace System was still showing that it was “on its way” and that it still hadn’t been marked as arrived at Tomb Street.
I convinced myself that any Mail addressed to the Queen from Northern Ireland may be subject to security scrutiny before being released for delivery just in case someone might have slipped in drop of Novichock or some other nasty or harmful concoction. After twenty-one days of no further movement I suspected someone was up to their devious tricks again and they were probably being helped by Royal Mail staff.
If there is a Police or Military led Department within Tomb Street to sift mail I would have expected them to be in touch with me as my address and contact details accompanied the letter.
The letter was never forwarded to the Queen.
I firmly believe that someone in Tomb Street removed the letter, not for security reasons, but to prevent its contents from being sent to the recipient. That is a very serious criminal offence.
I contacted the postmaster at Creighton Post Office and he assured me that the letter was forwarded the same day to Tomb Street for onward delivery. I believed him.
I spoke to someone at Tomb Street who refused to give his name and explained the circumstances to him but he could not help. I asked to be put through to someone who deals with security of the mail. He said there was no one. I asked him to arrange Royal Mail Security to contact me. They did not.
I had hit another brick wall which, frankly, I couldn’t be bothered breaching.
To my satisfaction and examining all the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the letter, I was satisfied that I knew who was behind its theft and the reason why.
My conclusion was arrived at by asking myself Who Benefits ? There is only one answer.
After exhausting all enquiries I sent the same letter to the Queen but with the following covering letter.
I sent the letter through the Post Office in Edinburgh.
It arrived at Buckingham Palace the following day.
I received the following letter on behalf of the Queen some four weeks later. Her correspondence secretary apologised for the delay on her side.
Who do you think stole the Queen’s letter ?
The next post will deal with my last attempt to have the FSNI Reports and the maladministration of Coll examined by the NI Ombudsman.