...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
The mother of Eleanor Williams, who was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail for perverting the course of justice, has announced where the £22,000 raised for her daughter’s legal costs will be donated.
Alison Johnston, who was responsible for the fundraising campaign under the hashtag #JusticeForEllie, confirmed on a private Facebook page that the remaining funds have been donated to charity.
Although she did not specify the charity’s name, she expressed her desire to be as transparent as possible and highlighted the legal challenges she had faced.
The update comes amid ongoing scrutiny into Eleanor’s sentencing, with some believing it to be too lenient.
In May 2020, Eleanor falsely accused three Asian men of beating, abusing, and trafficking her, which led to a significant amount of money being raised for her legal costs.
The three men, who were accused by Eleanor, shared how they had been treated following the allegations, stating that they had tried to commit suicide.
Eleanor’s mother, a suspended Labour councillor for Barrow Island, organised a fundraising campaign before her daughter’s lies were exposed.
Alison Johnston, however, also vented her frustration about the media’s handling of the situation.
She claimed that they had intimidated her into parting with the money more quickly than she was comfortable with, which she described as a deliberate attempt to discredit her and her family without justification.
Despite the allegations, she defended her actions, stating that she had done nothing wrong other than support her daughter during what was unquestionably the worst time of their lives.