The story of Lennox’s continued detention in Belfast, United Kingdom, is drawing attention from advocates of animal rights worldwide. Now, a parallel story relating the Belfast City Council (BCC) is coming to the surface.
Prudence Halliwell, an English woman and resident of Erith, Southeast London, has accused BCC of multiple illegal acts of which she became the victim. Halliwell, a homemaker, says she has proof that BCC ransacked her house and harassed her while also stealing her jewelry in March this year while they had also hacked into her computer previously.
Speaking to the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Halliwell told that it all started when she tried to inquire about a fraud allegedly involving the council officials. According to Halliwell, her computer was hacked into a week later. This, as Halliwell tells, was repeated when she was having a chat on facebook with an animal rights activist about Lennox, the dog held by BCC and put on death row after ripping it from its family two years earlier.
“But this was not the end,” says Halliwell. “On March 20, 2012, the BCC officials raided my house here in Erith; they were physically aggressive and intimidated me; tape-recorded my talk and stole jewelry worth almost 4000 pound sterling, besides seizing my computer.”
As she tells, it was for her computer they had got an injunction to delete a certain file from it, a file of confidential details of BCC staff which was sent by the BCC to her email in what she calls an instance of “planting” the secret file on her computer so as to come up with an excuse for getting an injunction from the court and raid her house to intimidate her.
After they left, Halliwell reported the incident to the authorities in London. She tells that her case was heard by a court in London on 27th of March in which the court ordered the BCC officials to return her computer and belongings they had taken away. But when asked about the jewelry, BCC officials simply did not answer.
While they returned Halliwell’s computer, she says the secret file for which her computer was taken by BCC had not been deleted. It was there and according to her is still there.
“This is enough to prove they had some other motive than deleting files or checking my computer,” told Halliwell.
Prudence Halliwell now intends to go to the court against the intimidation and harassment of BCC, saying she has been previously victimized by the council and they continue to do so.
“Even now I get weird calls from their numbers, singing on my phone to me,” she says. “They are all former terrorists and they continue to be that as they try to scare me.”