The judge said alright then let the court decide who is the person most suited to look after the child.
“Council your first witness please.’
“We call Mrs Anne Hogget.
“Can you give your full name please?’
Mrs Anne Margaret Hogget.’
Mrs Hogget do you own the corner shop on North Seaton Road?
“And can you tell me what you sell in your shop.’
“Yes sir, we sell a range of things and we also have a licence to sell alcohol.’
“Can you tell me if you know Miss Villederde?
“Yes, she lives on Woodhorn Road.’
“Was she a regular visitor to your shop?
“You may answer Mrs Hogget.’
“Yes Janice came into my shop frequently.’
“Could you tell the court what she bought at your shop?
“Yes she bought Gin.’
“No further questions your honour.’
Andrew Cherry got to his feet then walked leisurely over to Mrs Hogget,
He looked at her for a moment then asked.
“Mrs Hogget, was Miss Villeverde drunk when she came into your shop?’
“Did Miss Villeverde smell of alcohol?’
“So the alcohol that she purchased could have been for someone else other than for her own use then.’
“Did she buy any other goods from you?’
“Yes, she bought milk, bread, and cigarettes.”
“No further questions your honour.”
“You can step down Mrs Hogget thank you.’
“We would like to call Mrs Florence Hudspeth.”
Florence gave her name then Mr Hughes asked her if she knew Miss Villeverde.
“Yes,’ she was a Land Army girl on Wildacre Farm where I was in charge.’
“Would you say that you got on with Miss Villeverde?’
“No we did not Sir, I found her to be insolent, belligerent, and ignorant.”
“What made you form this opinion of the girl?’