COMMENT: They say ‘Confession is good for the soul’. Who knows what mental anguish, what spiritual oppression brought a deceitful, deluded woman to the point of telling the truth? Thankfully, she has belatedly admitted the truth to herself – and confided in another.
The parallels between Dr Patrick Sookhdeo’s accuser – let’s call her ‘Mrs X’ – and Judas Iscariot ring loud and true. Judas betrayed Jesus after years of intimate association with the Christ; and Judas ended by taking his own life. Mrs X knew Dr Sookhdeo well for several years and, after attacking an innocent man, after taking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation for a crime which never took place – money meant for the benefit of genuine victims of persecution and genocide – Mrs X was plagued by remorse and suicidal feelings. Let us hope and pray that Mrs X does not add the crime of self-murder to her false sexual allegations.
Is Mrs X’s use of Diazepam – a mind-altering drug – a contributory factor in her suicidal feelings, or in the false claims she made in 2014? We don’t know for sure, but we must allow for the possibility that the effects of Diazepam are partly to blame for Mrs X’s criminal conduct and mental state.
However, Mrs X remains culpable for her actions; she chose to take the drug in the first place, and, the evidence of her willing, secret dealings with acknowledged enemies of Dr Sookhdeo cannot be excused as coincidental to her false allegations – we know now that over many months Mrs X actively co-operated with people she knew to be Dr Sookhdeo’s enemies, before the day she plunged the dagger, and also afterwards.
What will the police do? That is a matter for them, but surely, at the very least, the police are duty-bound to bring in Mrs X and her husband for questioning and to make further enquiries. Surely the police are honour-bound to notify Dr Sookhdeo or his lawyers of their receipt of the report about the confession and also to say what they’ve done about it.
And the plot thickens. The Church of England’s web of intrigue against Dr Sookhdeo grows larger with every passing day, as journalists discover more of the truth. Why is Mrs X linked with the latest complainant, the woman vicar who has falsely accused Dr Sookhdeo of an indecent touch in 1977? If it is merely a coincidence, then it is truly a remarkable coincidence indeed! Of course, it is no coincidence. There is an organised plot to destroy Patrick Sookhdeo, his life and work.
The Archbishop of Canterbury should have a care that where Adolf Hitler’s bombers failed, his senior hierarchy’s dirty deeds do not succeed in raising St Paul’s to dust. The truth will out. One thing I promise you is this: the London trial of Dr Patrick Sookhdeo will be one of the most important criminal trials in the history of 21st century Britain. It may bring down the Church of England, and the impact of that would be global. How well will Justin Welby fare under cross-examination by the best barristers, before a London press gallery? We shall see.