Barbara Dowling today told Dumbarton District Court that she would not pay a fine or comply with a Supervised Attendance Order as she did not accept that she was guilty of any crime.Barbara was called to a means court after failing to pay a £500 fine imposed in October 2010 for blockading the Faslane Trident Submarine Base. She, along with five other Trident Ploughshares activists, had blockaded the gates of Faslane in April that year to exercise their civic responsibility under International Law, to do what they could to stop the work of preparing and maintaining weapons of mass destruction.
At the trial the Justice refused to hear their defence and had clearly made up her mind before all the evidence was put before the court. Barbara said " I don't accept the verdict, the trial was unfair and the Justice did not listen to our argument that we had a right to disrupt the illegal work at Faslane under International Humanitarian Law.
Today the Justice accepted that she couldn't pay £500 and imposed 90 hours of Supervised Attendance although Barbara said that she would not comply with it and it would be a waste of Social Work Department resources to try. She was told that if she does not co-operate she will be brought back to court. Refusal to comply with a Supervised Order could lead to a jail sentence.