“I will take Abigail myself; you must stay here.
Gerry came to the house right up to the trial he had taken a photo of her so that Tommy could describe what she looked like. Gerry also described the colour of her eyes and hair. He confirmed how they had met and how she had gone back with him to Burton Green. Gerry told him to say how he had tried to kiss her twice but she pulled away from him and how later that night he had dropped her off at the pathway to the manor house.
The trial resumed on the 7th of January 1921 and Muriel gave a virtuoso performance on the stand. She played the frightened young innocent girl and even shed a tear or two.
Tommy Richards came to the stand and pleaded his innocence as he was questioned from both the prosecution and the defence. Kim Wong was recalled and this time she made the error of wearing glasses.
Gerry tore her to pieces on the stand until she admitted that she wasn’t wearing her glasses on the night of the murder and that it was possible that she could have been mistaken.
It took the jury only forty minutes to bring in a verdict of not guilty.
After the trial was over Tommy Richards walked away a free man; he couldn’t thank Muriel enough from saving his neck from the gallows. He said if ever she needed his help in the future just to give him a call. The double indemnity law meant that Richards could never be put on the stand for the same crime twice.
“Well you did it said Gerry; you managed to save my life too Muriel.’
Please don’t get mixed up defending crooks again will you.’
“I won’t I’m going to take a long holiday in the sun. I’m immigrating to Australia.’
“I will write to you though from Melbourne. They have call for high flying barristers like me there. If ever you fancy a holiday I would be more than happy to put you up for a month or two.’
Two days later Muriel came down the staircase of the manor house for the last time.
“Have you packed all your cases dear said her aunt; please try and keep out of trouble won’t you.’
“I will write to you every week Aunt Ester. You have done me a great service allowing me to stay at your house I won’t forget it.’
“Get away with you young girl before you have me crying.’
“Abigail I hope when you are old enough you will come and visit me in North Shields I will take you around all those places that we talked about.’
I will Muriel I promise.
Gerry placed all of her cases into the car and Muriel said goodbye to Charles and all the servants.
This time Muriel got into the passenger side of the car with Gerry and they drove away. Abigail was waving frantically as the car drove down the gravel path and out of the iron gates.
“We have an hour before your train arrives so I will take you for a cup of tea in the station.
“You don’t have to stay you know, I’m a big girl now and can stand on my own two feet.’
“Well there’s something I want to discuss with you.’
Oh, you haven’t changed your mind about Australia have you?
No, on the contrary, I fly off tomorrow morning.’