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The Craig and Bentley Case.

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THE CRAIG AND BENTLEY CASE Your honour, members of the jury, my learnered friends, A vulnerable and mentally disabled boy, with no gun, and under the strict watch of P.C Fairfax - accused for the murder of Police Constable Sidney Miles?... It is just inexplicable! What ever happened to scientific evidence? It is obvious that Christopher Craig, a gun collecting lunatic is the maddened killer. Might I bring to your attention that, Craig had a motive, a very profound statement - to avenge his brother's 12 year sentence......It is irrefutable also that the gangster films, which Craig watched four times a week could have motivated him. I concede that Craig was never good at target shooting, nevertheless the fact that he did carry a gun and plenty ammunition, on the night of the shooting cannot be dismissed. Therefore I question the crown and state that, this 'shoot out' was not a collaborated act. According to Craig, their common intent that night was burglary. I say it was Craig's intent and certainly not my clients'. It is evident that Bentley knew nothing forehand of that evening's happenings. "Just for the ride, sir. An ordinary ride" These were the words of Bentley's innocent answer when asked, why he had taken the 109 bus. My client clearly states that they walked down to Reeves' Corner and crossed over and then they came back up. ...read more.

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hide behind here". My client instantly obeys Craig, by hiding behind the lift shaft. This proves that Bentley depends on Craig, for decision making. My hypothesis is that, as they were on a flat roof, and with poor vision, it is clear that they were never directly spotted. According to P.C Fairfax, he states that he got a hunch to the accused whereabouts, from a footprint on the window-sill. After about 10 minutes, P.C Fairfax had caught on to their hiding place behind a stack, and had only managed to get hold of my client, keeping him captive. I therefore concede that at that moment my client said: "Let him have it Chris." This statement, is what "supposedly" incited Craig to shoot. Craig denies hearing anything. Of course, Craig is in denial. He knows that Bentley is innocent, a feeble minded boy, who could be manipulated easily by Craig..., who is considered a hero. No wonder he chose Bentley to the other two friends, Norman Parsley and Frank Fazey. They went for "Just a drive. An ordinary drive." While all this while, Craig knew exactly what he was going to do. However it is critical to emphasise on the statement "Let him have it Chris". It can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. However, to my client it meant - SURRENDER or LET THE POLICE HAVE THE GUN CHRIS. ...read more.

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On Jaggs'arrival Bentley was obviously disquiet thus warned Jaggs saying: "You want to look out. He'll blow your head off" When Bentley was being taken down by the police officers, he is not sure what Craig might do next. He is afraid of death, afraid of being shot. So he cries out: "Look out Chris, they are taking me down". To my client, this was the only way he could stop Craig from shooting. Hoping he would care for his friend's life. Craig on the other hand is not afraid to die. He does not care to go to prison. He cries out: "I'm Craig! You've given my brother 12 year! Come on you copper! I'm only 16" In this statement, Craig is clearly insinuating that he is not afraid of going to jail, (which would only be about 12 years as he is still a juvenile.) Let us also not let the fact of -'Craig's motive' slip our mind. Also, with no ammunition left, and Fairfax threatening Craig with a .32 automatic, Craig glorifies himself by jumping off the roof of the warehouse, in attempt to commit a deliberate but unsuccessful suicide and killing a policeman. In Concluding, Bentley a boy of below average intelligence, who is easily led by his hero - Craig. It is Craig who is the cold-blooded killer, who deliberately shot dead P.C. Miles and wounded P.C. Fairfax. All this evidence proves that Bentley is innocent and I plead with you, the member of the jury not to condemn the defenceless. By: Gwen Mascarenhas g_mascarenhas@student.wis.edu.hk ...read more.

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