NOT SUCH A FREE-MAN AFTER ALL!
Local school left horrified by shocking half-term theft.
Reported by M. PETERS, 28.2.14
Sellindge pupils returned to school on Tuesday to shocking scenes. On the outside, the security camera had been knocked off the wall. Inside, the library had been left in a terrible state. Worse still was the vandalism that had been carried out on Stella's beloved trolley and, as if that was not enough, a computer had also vanished!
Undaunted by this terrible event, the pupils of Sellindge took to their forensic work like pros. They tested soils and powders found at the scene of the crime. Footprints were measured and matched up with the profiles of the suspects provided by D.C.I Hook and his team. Codes sent between different suspects were decoded, and fingerprints were analysed.
At the end of the week, the list of suspects had been whittled down to only a few possibilities: was the crime committed by Mr Peters, who desperately wanted a new Playstation4 game? What about the extremely-shifty Mrs Homewood, whose son wanted a computer for his birthday? What about Stella, who needed to finish computer work at home? How about Mrs Freeman, whose dog and children were eating her out of house and home?
In the end, one suspect was charged: Mrs Beverley Freeman, 21, of Sellindge. She stood trial before the Right Honourable Mrs Fiona Jarrett, and faced a grilling from the lawyers for the prosecution, Mr A. Drage and Miss C. Pratt. The defence team, led by Miss L. Champneys and Mr D. Riley, tried to maintain the defendant's innocence, but the specially-selected jury found Mrs Freeman guilty by a majority verdict of 11 - 1.
As she was led away to await sentencing, there were cheers from the public gallery as justice was served.
Sellindge School is safe and crime-free once more.