In the cafeteria George Barrett asked Mr Hughes what he thought.
“I don’t see how they can win this case Mr Barrett. You are financially better off than this woman and the judge will see that. He will sway to the person who can give the child a better life.’
In the other corner of the room Mr Cherry and Janice Villeverde sat quietly.
“Do you want me to go and ask if he wants’ to drop this case?’
No,’ I do not; let him get everything that is coming to him.”
The court resumed and Mr Cherry called his next witness.
A young woman walked to the witness box and George swallowed hard as he recognised the woman.
“How did he get her; do something?
“Excuse me your honour but we are not aware of this witness; I ask that her evidence be inadmissible in this courtroom.”
“I feel that this woman’s statement is very relevant your honour and will prove what type of man who this child may go to.’
“I will allow your witness.’
“You are Mrs Anne Waller correct?’
“Can you tell us in your own words how you met Mr George Barrett?”
I was a Land Army girl and met Mr Barrett in the New York Club. I found him very charming and he told me all about his farm and suggested we take a look at some new born lambs in his barn.’
I went along with him because I love animals; that is why I was thrilled when they told us we were going to Jackson’s farm to work.’
“What happened when you got to the farm Mrs Waller?’
Mr Barrett pulled me towards him and began to kiss me then he started groping me and squeezing my breasts. I asked him to stop and I tried to get away. He then threw me on a straw bed and shoved his hands up my skirt. I begged him to stop but he carried on. He was too heavy for me to push away.’ Mrs Waller was crying and the judge asked if she would like some water.
Mrs Waller took a drink of water from the glass and wiped her eyes.
“Do you wish to continue Mrs Waller?’
“Yes your honour.’
After she composed herself she continued.