UPDATE: SOURCES NOW INDICATE THAT HEINSOO DECLINED TO APPEAL HER DISMISSAL. CASE PRESUMED TO BE PASSED ON TO DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE TO PROTECT OTHER VULNERABLE PEOPLE FROM HEINSOO. FURTHER UPDATES TO FOLLOW AS WE UNCOVER MORE INFORMATION
A SOURCE close to former support worker Maarja Heinsoo has come forward to speak out for her. The individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims that Heinsoo has behaved the way she has due to her own mental health issues rather than malice.
Importantly, they claim that Heinsoo’s mental illness was exploited by people intending to have her discredit local Artist Matthew Hawkins including Peter Jackman, the man behind the illegitimate business Heinsoo works for that is being investigated by Dyfed Powys Police fraud department and senior staff at the charity she has worked for, Mind.
Apparently sources at Mind have leaked copies of an email thread involving Tim Bennet, a senior member of staff involved in handling the Heinsoo case. The emails show that Bennet knew that Heinsoo would be fired prior to her hearing which is a clear breach of employment law.
Managing staff must remain neutral until the outcome of a hearing and cannot decide in advance that a person will be fired or that will deprive them of a fair opportunity to succeed at the hearing.
The source says that Heinsoo believes that these grounds for appeal combined with the evidence are highly likely to prove that her dismissal was unlawful. Furthermore, Heinsoo claims that Mind have done this because they are trying to cover up the truth about her conduct. Apparently they have no longer any use for her and now they are stopping exploiting her they wish to simply discard her.
The source says that Heinsoo is planning on emailing the Artist by Wednesday with a full statement of confession including details of how the art house group, especially members Peter Jackman, Penny Samociuk, Joanna Bond, Stu Hampton, Ruth Hogg and Ric Brown and Mind staff, especially Tim Bennet have exploited her mental illness and supported her campaign to discredit him.
Specifically she will be admitting that the property she accused the Artist of stealing was in fact located at a community art studio called Art Alley that any member of the public has access to and not on his private premises and therefore she could have collected her belongings that she had been storing there at any time. She will also admit that additional claims such as the idea that the Artist “harassed a grieving mother” or “threatened to blow up a cocktail bar” or “destroy the town” were also fabricated as part of her campaign.
The Artist expects that this confession will force the police to call off their hunt for him and he will be able to return from a life of exile as an outlawed Artist. It will also make clear that Heinsoo was exploited and therefore not wholly responsible for her behaviour as other individuals such as Jackman and Bennet have played a large role in manipulating her.
The source says that they will be able to provide the Aberystwyth Times with a copy of the evidence for publication on Thursday. The deadline for Maarja to register her appeal is Friday 24th March.