The remarkable thing about this is just what Nigel Seed QC was willing to consider normal.
“On the day of her trial there was a large number of reporters at the court,” he said. “I was informed by the police that this was because the defendant, who had been on bail, had let it be known that if the case progressed as far as her having to give evidence she intended to allege that she had provided rent boys to Edward Heath.”
Just another day at the office. And then all his witnesses dropped out.
Seed said three witnesses, all sex workers who allegedly worked for Forde at her brothel in Salisbury, Wiltshire, failed or refused to give evidence at court, leaving him with no choice but to offer no evidence.
The combination of the two facts does not seem to have worried him in the slightest. After all, it wasn’t as if they were people, was it?
Seed said there was no suggestion the men were underage or “anything more than male prostitutes”
This is of course how they get away with it. But the guy’s enormous incuriosity is what gets me. There’s sang froid, and then there’s just sitting there like a sack of spuds.