Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


3. 3

” I put it to you Mr smith that you did not see the accused that night did you?’

“No not fully no, it was only after I saw his photo in the local paper and it said that it was Stoneman who had hit the security guard “On the night in question Mr Smith was it dark?’

Yes,’ it was two in the morning, Lucy my dog was whimpering in the bedroom to go out. “She’d been eating liver that night and I think it caused a tummy upset.’

“You say it was dark but you could clearly make out the man who struck the blow that killed John Bannister?’

“Yes Sir.’

“How far away were you at that time?’

“I don’t know really, fifty or sixty yards away maybe.’

“So from fifty or sixty yards away you were able to make a positive identification.’

“Yes sir.’

“Can I ask you to look at this diagram which shows where you were that evening Mr Smith?


“I will allow it said the judge.’

“Simon Smith took his glasses from his pocket and looked closely at the diagram.

“I was standing about here,’ he pointed out.’

“I see, can I ask, do only wear glasses for reading or do you wear them all the time?

I…wear them all of the time.’

“Were you wearing them on the night in question?

“No but…

“Why were you not wearing them that night?’

“It was the dog sir she was desperate to go out and my wife told me to hurry.

  Why were you not wearing your spectacles when you came into this courtroom?’

“I…  I was advised not to sir.’

“Can you see that lady sitting in the back of the room on the right?’

“Mr Smith made to put on his spectacles and Everett Humphries stopped him.

“If you please,’ without your glasses on sir.’

Simon Smith squinted then looked down the room his eyes were blurred just as they were on his arrival.

“I’m sorry sir I can vaguely see the person you are referring to.’

“You stated that you were only fifty or sixty yards away and you could make out the accused clearly although I asked you to point out someone less than thirty yards away and you cannot see her in broad daylight?  I put it to you that you did not see the accused on the night in question did you?'


“So it is possible that you could have been mistaken that night?’


“No further questions your honour.’

“Please step down Mr Smith said the judge and for God sake put on your glasses.’

The next witness called was Professor Julian Webster a pathologist at Newcastle RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary).

Jeremy Fox approached and asked the professor who had been sworn in how long he had been in the profession.

“Thirty five years sir.’

“Did you perform the autopsy on the victim?’

“Yes sir I did.’

“In your professional opinion did John Bannister die as a direct result of the blow he sustained to the back of his head?’

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