In the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent national lockdown, it was revealed that while many were obeying the rules, Polecat Dom, wife Mary Wakefield and their young child were flagrantly breaching them. Instead of self-isolating at home in London after contracting Covid-19 symptoms, they had got into their reassuringly expensive SUV and driven 250 miles north to Durham.
Only when the Mirror and Guardian put witness evidence before the public did Cummings come clean. Now it seems he may not have come clean enough: former regional chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, who lost his brother to Covid-19, has been gathering witness statements and picking apart Cummings’ excuses. As a result, he has complied a significantly-sized dossier of material which is now in the hands of the Police.
As the Guardian has reported, “Afzal said Cummings’ claims during a press conference in Downing Street’s rose garden on 25 May affected the course of justice as they were made as Durham police’s investigation into his behaviour was already under way … Afzal’s lawyers … claimed the legal test for such a prosecution had been met. The dossier also accuses Cummings and his wife, Mary Wakefield, of multiple alleged offences under the coronavirus regulations for leaving their primary home in London and their second home in Durham without, it says, a reasonable excuse”. And there was more.
“The most serious allegation in the documents is the claim that Cummings perverted the course of justice in his account of his journey to Barnard Castle on 12 April and his denial of a claim that he made a second lockdown trip to Durham. If such a charge were proven, Cummings could face a prison sentence”. Other papers have picked up on the story.
To no surprise, the Mirror is one of them. “The CPS will usually bring a prosecution if the legal criteria for doing so - known as the CPS ‘Full Code Test’ - are satisfied … In the submission, Mr Afzal’s lawyers claim eye-witness accounts and the explanations given by Mr Cummings show he was responsible for six breaches of lockdown regulations … It calls for police to obtain phone and CCTV records and licence plate tracking to more firmly establish the sequence of events around the trip”. Even the Mail is running it.
Their report tells us “Mr Afzal's dossier is based on new eyewitness claims said to be 'wholly inconsistent' with the account that Mr Cummings gave when he admitted travelling to the North East during the lockdown … Mr Cummings faced fury when it emerged that he drove from London to Durham, and then took a separate 60-mile round trip to a local beauty spot despite having Covid symptoms”. Why are they running it? Simples.
Mail readers had to obey the rules. They, like those buying the Guardian and Mirror, were just as outraged when Cummings was caught breaking them and pleasing himself.
So now it’s over to the cops and CPS. Is it still one rule for us, and another for Polecats?
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