daltontrumbno wrote:After reading Colin's story I can't understand for the life of me why he supports Rekha, he seems to have been a builder who was screwed over for a relatively small sum of money and the person who owed him the money tied him up in years of vexious litigation to avoid paying what he was owed. You would think Colin would support the neighbours Rather than Rekha because what Rekha did to the neighbours is very similar to what happend to Colin.
Peters was convinced he had been deliberately set-up and screwed over - his client had planned from the start to cheat him, and had falsely befriended him in advance for that purpose. Perhaps that's true, but it was a long and complex swindle for modest gain. Seems unlikely to me, more probable that his client was the sort of person who routinely tries to evade debts and stiff contractors (the size of his hands was sadly unmentioned).
Anyway, Peters was also convinced that any reasonable justice system would see what had happened. In reality his client had a good lawyer and a tame expert witness, and Peters lost his claim. He represented himself at the Appeal Court (rare and remarkable at that time), and again failed to persuade the court.
The striking thing about his subsequent 30yr grievance is how he explains his defeat. Not merely "the client lied to the court and they accepted enough of it for my claim to fail" or "with hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have tried to represent myself". No, for Colin Peters this this is about the character and integrity of every professional involved. The client's lawyers were knowingly complicit in fraud and perjury, his own were lazy or incompetent. The client's expert witness was a charlatan, and all the judges were wilfully perverse and corrupt. The system is rotten from top to bottom.
And that is why he engages with Wrecka's story. If he ignores the facts and listens only to her account of injustice and corruption, then he can tell himself "they're still doing it, like they did to me". It validates his false perception of martyred victimhood, and keeps the doubts at bay. After wasting 30 yrs on this futile nonsense, his greatest risk would be to consciously realise his own foolishness. So he wants and needs Wrecka to be a victim of orchestrated injustice.
Another similar lifelong victim myth in UK is Roger P Jones (https://victims-unite.net/our-cases-as- ... j-p-jones/
). There is a striking similarity in their accounts, every setback being the result of corruption or incompetence rather than weak evidence or their own ability to argue their cases.