Graham has been informed by the police that he will be arrested and taken to jail on Wednesday 2 May for his failure to pay the fines arising from the sit-ins. Graham refuses to pay the fines on principle. He has been told that he will have to serve 232 days which means he should be out about a week before Christmas.
Anne and Graham are appealing their latest conviction. A date for the appeal has not yet been set.
Anne and Graham were tried together in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on April 28 for the charge of trespassing at the Greenslopes abortion ‘clinic’ on February 18. They were both found guilty. Anne was sentenced to eights months jail, fully suspended sentence for two years. Graham also received a sentence of eight months which was suspended for two years following the 70 days he had already spent in jail.
Early on Friday 18 February, 2011, Anne and Graham, along with a group of supporters met outside the Greenslopes abortion ‘clinic’. Anne and Graham then sat in front of two of the entrances to the building. A couple of women who were wanting to enter that place were able to be talked with but the police were quickly called and Anne and Graham were arrested and taken to the city watch house.
Anne was given bail and released later that day but because Graham refused to accept the bail condition that he not re-enter those premises he was held in custody at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre until the hearing which was set down for April 28 , 2011.
On principle, Graham has continued to refuse to pay the fines he has been given. Back in July he was sent a Final Notice saying he had to pay or he would be arrested and jailed. As of writing this, eleven weeks later, the Final Notice notwithstanding, nothing further has happened.
Finally a decision has been given regarding Graham’s appeal of his last conviction in the District Court. It took the judge over a year to come to his decision – and it was not in Graham’s favour. It has been decided not to appeal to a higher court.
Both Anne and Graham have had a very long-standing appeal before the Governor to have their fines remitted. Over 2 1/2 years ago they were successful in having nearly half their fines remitted.
They then appealed again about the remaining fines. Finally, earlier this year they were finally informed that those fines would not be remitted. Both are unwilling and largely unable to pay the fines. Graham may be sent to prison some time after the 9th of April 2010.