“It has been a tough time and people just don‘t understand what the financial cost of an action like this is. If I hadn‘t had these two men [advocate Michael van der Nest and attorney Adam Pike, who are working pro bono, and my wife, it couldn‘t have been done.”
Moments later Noakes‘s wife, Marilyn, told The Times that the experience had been “surreal”.
“I never imagined we would be in a situation like this. I think their [the council‘s] main goal is to silence him and humiliate him,” she said.