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London Slaves: The Cutie, The Handsome Devil And Remembering Robert Murat

by | 28th, November 2013

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LONDON Slaves: A look at the big story in the media. Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda have been arrested. Josephine Herivel, Rosie Davies and Aishah Wahab working with the police.

The Daily Mirror has been wallowing in the slave story. Today it takes readers “INSIDE THE ‘SLAVE’ LAIR”. Do you keep salves in a lair? Surely, you keep them in a cage or in chains?

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It turns out to be complete and utter bollocks. We don’t journey inside any slave house. The Brixton flat from where the three womene were “rescued” not yet on the tourist trail.

These are the first pictures inside the house where tragic Sian Davies mysteriously fell to her death from this bathroom window. For six years it was the lair of an extremist Maoist sect known as the Collective run by Aravindan Balakrishnan and wife Chandra who lived “controlled” a band of women allegedly held captive.

The inverted commas around “controlled” and the use “allegedly” show that the  Mirror knows the case is hardly closed on Comrade Bala, a man so dangerous he’s out on police bail. He’s been convicted of no crimes, let alone tried.  Still, he operated a “lair”. So the innocent have lairs? The man is being monstered . The Mirror has leant nothing from Robert Murat, the innocent it’s hack Lori Campbell exposed .

The Mirror gained access to the property and the current owner said it was difficult to believe anyone could fall out of the window because it is so low and has a sink in front of it.

Wow! It’s now a murder case?

Sian’s cousin Emyr Morgan last night claimed the 44-year-old was on the verge of fleeing the sect when she fell 30ft on to a concrete patio and broke her neck. And a former neighbour told how she spotted a woman holding up handwritten notes at a window of the home in Herne Hill, South London, as if trying to ­communicate with the outside world.


Sian Davies fell to her death trying to escape from the house she occupied with alleged slave master Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda.

We hear from Morgan, who says:

“She said she wanted to meet her mother without indicating she wanted members of the commune being with her.”

Is the word for a group of slaves a “commune”? Oh, and if you want to play along with this game of Armchair Detective, get this:

The current owner of the death fall home, who asked not to be identified, said the layout of the bathroom had not changed since Sian lived there. The householder added: “I can’t see how anyone could have just fallen out of that window. It’s so low you have to crouch down to see out of it.

The window was so low you have to crouch down to look out of it. It’s not a high window.

The Irish Press have focused on Herival:



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Irish News:

Brought up with her two sisters, Mary and Susan in Belfast, Ms Herivel joined Balakrishnan’s extremist collective in the 1970s after moving to London to study, turning her back on her family.
When her father John Herivel, who lectured at Queen’s University, died in 2011, obituaries only mentioned his two other daughters, who now live in London. Attempts by her family to make contact failed, according to family friend Frances Presley.

She told The Times : “They have tried to contact her for years. I know she was involved in some kind of cult group. My understanding is that she cut herself off (from the family). I know they have always tried their best.”

Miss Herivel was prosecuted in 1978 after police raided the group’s south London bookshop and headquarters. She and five fellow cult members appeared in court charged with obstructing police officers.
She refused to recognise the court and denounced the judge as a “Fascist lackey”.

So. Now it’s a cult? Not  slave commune, then?

The Mail adds more family history:

‘Slave held for 30 years’ is daughter of Bletchley Park codebreaking hero but family lost contact with her before he died

And then we get religion:

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Really? He thought he was the won of

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