Pigs are found innocent!
After a tough week and a lot of speculation the big day finally arrived. The courtroom was full of tension and anxiety as the 3 pigs entered. There were shouts of ‘innocent’ and ‘guilty’ from the stands and at one point the judge gave Mrs Fine a final warning or she would be held in contempt of court. Judge Darnell said “this is one of the toughest cases I have ever held in court, especially with all the reports in the media through the newspapers and blogs this week”. Despite this pressure, Judge Darnell acted very well and kept his court in perfect order.
The prosecution went first – their three main points were:
1) The poor wolf had suffered all his life from allergies and the report from Dr. Duck showed the wolf had asthma.
2) Character statements describe the wolf as the most admirable character and he would not dream of blowing down anybody’s house. The only reason the wolf was on the roof was to fix broken tiles.
3) The sly pigs little pigs built their houses illegally on the land they even stole the wood and straw from a nearby farm.
After the prosecution the defence replied, their three main points were:
1) A report from Dr. Quackers said that although the wolf had asthma he was on medication so he could have blown the house down if he so wished.
2) Mr Barry Barrrrlow gave a statement describing the pure evil in the wolf’s eyes during the attacks and that he had deliberately blown them…not sneezed
3) How could the pigs have known he would come down the roof? The cauldron of hot water was there to cook their dinner, not kill him!
The jury retired and thought long and hard about whether the pigs were guilty or not guilty. They returned and the tension was unbearable.
Judge Darnell asked the jury if they had reached a verdict, head of the jury, Miss King aged 10 from Wray Common School, replied “yes!”
Judge Darnell then asked “Are the defendents (the 3 pigs) guilty or not guilty?” – it was more silent now than the dead of night. The lawyers and newspaper reporters said eyes fixed on Miss King wondering how the jury had voted. After a pause Miss King replied “Not Gulity”.
The courtroom erupted! Cheers from the defence and Mr Skelton’s newspaper team, whilst the prosecution and Mrs Fine’s newspaper team jeered.
Judge Darnell quickly restored order to the courtroom.
The case is now closed and the pigs are said to be relaxing in a country estate where their cousin Babe lives.
Justice has been served today…. Or has it?