Climbie inquiry Baptiste guilty of breaching summons

Former Haringey social worker Carole Baptiste was this week found
guilty of deliberately failing to give evidence at the Victoria
Climbi’ Inquiry and fined £500.

Baptiste responded to the verdict by saying she had been

District judge Hayden Gott said that Baptiste had recovered from an
earlier mental illness and had deliberately failed to attend the
inquiry on 3 December 2001. He dismissed the argument that she
could have relapsed as “extremely flimsy”.

Baptiste is the first person in the UK to be tried for deliberately
breaching an inquiry summons.

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