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A Technical Killing: Inspector Guttridge's Report.

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Personal Writing: Non-Fiction A Technical Killing: Inspector Guttridge's Report To: Chief Superintendent Hubble From: Inspector H.F. Guttridge Subject: The Simon Delmore Case. Date: Saturday 1st May 2002 Initial Findings * Place: Librarian's Room, Ayrton Technical College. * Victim: Simon Delmore, student at the college. * Apparent cause of death: stab wound in abdomen causing great internal bleeding. * Weapon: Fine carving gouge, next to body when found. * Time of death: Approximately between 8.00 and 10.00 p.m., 24th April (certified by T.Brooks, police surgeon). * Crime reported: 9.35 a.m. Saturday 25th April by Mr. G. Smith, the caretaker. * Discovery: Body found by Miss Ella Dews, the senior librarian. She had come to the college on Saturday to catch up on some work, as she usually did. She collected her room L2 key from the caretaker and unlocked her room with her L3 key and found the dead body on a trolley. She confirms that all the doors and windows in the library were locked. She had entered through the stockroom and left through the main doors. She had to unlock every door. * Body had been dead for at least eleven and a half hours, before it's discovery. * On the night of the murder, there was the preparation for an art exhibition to be held on Monday. ...read more.


- The crime was committed in the library. In a premeditated attack, the attacker would have found somewhere suitable to kill the victim. If someone had intended to kill the victim, it is to be expected that they would have found a quieter place and somewhere to dispose the body. * The murderer had to find the opportunity to return the L2 key back onto the board in the art preparation room. Conclusions I requested statements from each of the pupils of the college who were preparing the exhibition along with Simon Delmore, the victim. From their statements I made the following findings: * Miss Alison Beattie was the girlfriend of the victim. * Miss Beattie was annoyed with Simon for wandering off, but this cannot be a motive for her to kill him. * Miss Joanne Smith hated Simon evident from her technique of describing him. * Miss Smith had suspected Simon Delmore for stealing a briefcase belonging to Mr Peter Scaithe, however she had no opportunity to kill Simon and she did not have a strong enough motive to do so. She was always with someone on the night of the killing. * Mr Michael Dobson had been ruled out as a suspect because: - He did not have an opportunity to do so. ...read more.


- On the night of the killing, Peter went to get the briefcase back from Simon, who was in the library, during the interval of the concert. - Found Simon with the briefcase, who questioned him about the exam paper. Simon refused to give the briefcase back so he could continue blackmailing Peter. - A struggle starts, which explains the signs of struggle in the exhibition area in the library. During the struggle the exam paper is ripped. - Out of sheer rage and anger, Peter picked up the nearest weapon, which was the carving gouge and stabbed Simon in the abdomen causing the death. - The piece of torn paper found clenched in Simon's hand when he was found, was from the struggle of the exam paper with Peter. The initials 'P.Q' were written on the piece of paper, which are the initials of the head of the computer room- Mr. P. Quarmby. The word 'Scitick' is also on the piece of paper. This may refer to the file name and therefore proving that Peter had cheated to pass his exam. I can therefore conclude that Mr Peter Scaithe is my prime suspect for the death of student Simon Delmore. If Mr Scaithe is taken to court, it will be for manslaughter, not murder, since it is not a premeditated attack. ...read more.

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