This is a message to Michelle Hogg, the make-up artist that turned Queens Evidence in the Securicor robbery of the century trial resulting in yesterday's convictions. We only met each other once a couple of years ago and now we shall never meet again, just as you will not see your friends again either. I just want to say though that you have balls girl. Seriously. The biggest balls of anyone I have ever known.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, whether you knew what you had got involved in or not, you have shown courage that few people will experience or have to experience. When I first heard that you'd been arrested all I could think was 'surely not? Michelle?'. Your guilt or innocence will remain a question for many in your now infamous 15 minutes, what will never be in doubt for me will be your courage.
I hope that your new life will be quiet and that you don't have to look over your shoulder and fear knocks on the door for too long. What you did in court was the right thing to do, but I don't think I could have done it. Don't pay attention to those that question your motives. Politicans like Gordon Brown talk about courage a lot, they haven't got a clue what real courage is.