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Jake Skuse is one of four people reportedly charged with criminal damages following the overthrow of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and today they pleaded not guilty. The bronze figure was downed during a BLM protest before being dumped in Bristol Harbor on June 7.
Skuse and his other companions appeared before Bristol Crown Court.
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The charges allege that Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, without legal excuse, jointly and with others, damaged the Colston statue, a listed monument belonging to Bristol City Council. The defendants are alleged to have committed the crime “with the intention of destroying or damaging such property or of being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.”
All four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them during the hearing at Bristol Crown Court.
They were released on bail and the trial will begin on December 13.
Judge Peter Blair QC, said: “You have pleaded not guilty and, therefore, I am setting a trial date for you on December 13, which you must attend without fail that day and the following days. “We estimate that it will be a second week. I’m suggesting that you probably set aside seven to eight days to make sure your journals are organized this way.
“There will be a hearing on November 8 to evaluate the case and make sure everyone is working successfully towards the trial date.
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The charges allege that the four defendants, without legal excuse, jointly and with others, damaged the Colston statue, a listed monument belonging to Bristol City Council. You do not have to attend, but you can attend if you wish. Your attorney can attend by video link.
“You are out on unconditional bail and that will continue, so you can go.”
The next hearing in the case will take place on November 8 at the Bristol Crown Court.
The statue, valued at £ 3,750, was dumped in Bristol Harbor after being shot down during a Black Lives Matter rally on June 7, before being recovered by Bristol City Council on June 11. a series of long-standing monuments celebrating people linked to slavery or colonialism.