Search

Police investigations launched into Hampstead Satanic child abuse ‘fantasy’

PUBLISHED: 06:57 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:22 19 October 2015

Mother Ella Draper

Mother Ella Draper

Archant

Police have confirmed they are hunting a number of individuals wanted in connection with the case that saw an “evil” mother take part in the torture of her own young children to force them to invent allegations of child abuse.

Abraham Christie Abraham Christie

Last Thursday, a judge found mother Ella Draper and partner Abraham Christie had subjected two children, now in care, to “relentless emotional and psychological pressure as well as significant physical abuse”.

It follows “baseless” allegations made by the children, known as child P and Q, that a Satanic paedophilic ring was operating at Christ Church Primary School in Hampstead, led by their own father.

A judge last Thursday described the claims as a “fantasy” and “nothing other than utter nonsense”. She said: “The children’s false stories came about as the result of relentless emotional and psychological pressure as well as significant physical abuse.

“Torture is the most accurate way to describe what was done by Mr Christie in collaboration with Ms Draper. Both children were assaulted by Mr Christie by being hit with a metal spoon on multiple occasions over their head and legs, by being pushed into walls, punched, pinched and kicked. Water was poured over them as they knelt semi-clothed.”

'Supporter' Sabina McNeill 'Supporter' Sabina McNeill

Dozens of innocent inviduals have seen their names and addresses published online alongside the untrue allegations and spread across the world, prompting fears of vigilante attacks. Many of those named have received abusive phone calls and death threats since the material became widely spread over the internet in February.

As a result of the judge’s findings and the material published online, police have launched two investigations related to the case – one into allegations of harassment and another into the findings that the children had been “tortured”.

The Ham&High has learnt that Ms Draper and Ms Sabine McNeill, her legal "supporter", are included on their most wanted list, with Ms McNeill wanted on suspicion of harassment.

An earlier attempt to arrest Ms Draper on February 12 saw police denied entry to her home and three people escape out the back window. Ms Draper has not been seen by the authorities since.

It is believed there was also an unsuccessful attempt to arrest Ms McNeill at her home in West Hampstead, although this was not confirmed by police.

Mr Christie, who the judge said has a background of criminality for drugs offences, violence and dishonesty, appeared outside the Royal Courts of Justice on February 17 but attempts to have him return to court failed.

With no arrests made, the handling of the case has been criticised by several of those innocent individuals who found their names published online.

Their lives “destroyed” by the false allegations, they described the support offered by the police as “useless”.

One parent who had their name, address, contact details and name of their child posted online, said: “They’ve missed opportunities to arrest people and they seem to just not be interested in what’s happening.”

Another added: “You ask them for help and they treat you like a nuisance. You forward them information relating to the case and they just ignore you. They have been totally useless.”

While the judgement saw many who originally believed in the accusations now brand it a “hoax”, a small group from across the country continue to target Christ Church, the primary school and the innocent people named.

On Sunday, the police stood outside Christ Church as a group of about 15 people staged a protest and repeated the retracted allegations made by the children. There have been further threats to attend school events and as of Wednesday there continued to be a police presence at the school grounds.

After being asked about the judge’s findings that the two children had been tortured by their mother and her boyfriend, a police spokesman said: “Following the ruling made by the High Court and comments made by the Judge, officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Team based at Barnet are investigating whether any offences of child abuse have taken place.”

Regarding the investigation into harassment, a police spokesman said: “Police in Barnet received an allegation of harassment on Thursday, 5 February concerning videos and articles posted on the internet about pupils and parents at a North London School.

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police in Barnet and Camden are working together with the support of Barnet and Camden councils to investigate these allegations.

“No arrests have been made at this time. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Related articles

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

15 minutes ago

Orthodox rabbis in St John’s Wood and Golder’s Green have called on their congregations to boycott Hampstead Jewish cultural centre JW3 in protest at the cultural centre’s promotion of ‘lifestyles and behaviours forbidden by the Torah’.

54 minutes ago

Police are appealing for help to find a missing Camden teen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A devoted remain MP was quizzed this week by a young Brexiteer during a politics summer school.

Friday, July 21, 2017

In this week’s Ham&High we spoke to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Vas Blackwood told us about his life, loves and respect for former Labour leader Michael Foot.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Plans to part-privatise council homes and business in a multimillion-pound deal were reapproved within 40 minutes last night amid cries of “shame” from the public.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A serial-fraudster will spend four years behind bars following a scam in which he posed as a jet-setting businessman dealing in fine wine and champagne.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chalk Farm tube station will be closed this weekend as work begins on replacing the station’s two lifts.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We spoke to Vicky Bingham about why she loves being headteacher of South Hampstead High School.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now