A Story written by Adegwurulez…
10:45PM 11th AUGUST 2013[/b]
The sound of siren blaring in the atmosphere would give you the impression that the president of the federal republic of nigeria was passing, but why would the president pass through a slum?
Neighbours had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ‘VIP’ that was disturbing their peaceful night rest. They were shocked to see an ambulance and a police van parked in front of Mr. Jacobs house.
Mr. Jacobs was a peace lover who was known by all and sundry. He was one of the few men who had courageously stood up and volunteered himself to fight against the incessant armedrobbery attacks in the area.
The neighbours couldn’t go close to the area for fear of police but some few people were saying that armedrobbers had attacked the family and shot someone.
It was only when they saw Mr.Jacobs coming out with handcuffs that they knew it was more than an armedrobbery attack.
He was bundled into the police van while a body carried on a stretcher was dropped inside the ambulance. It was covered with a white linen.
The Police van drove away while the Ambulance drove away via a seperate route. A small car followed the ambulance.
“Dr. Amos, please come to the dock” Barrister clement called out.
A smart looking young man walked to the dock.
“How are you feeling Dr. Amos?” Barrister clement asked.
“Like never before” he replied.
“Great! So you were the head of the medical team that went to the house of Mr. Jacobs that day. Anything you would want the court to hear?” Barrister clement asked.
“As you must have heared, the ambulance conveying the corpse was involved in a ghastly accident and it caught fire. Before then however, i was able to remove the bullet from the patient’s body” Dr. Amos explained.
“Oh!! That reminds me” Barrister clement said and walked to his bag. He brought out a transparent polyethene bag.
“Inside this leather bag is the bullet that hit Mrs. Grace.
See, i’m not a millitary personnel so i took this bullet to the soldier base and i was told that this is a Soviet 5.45x39mm millitary grade bullet. The question is, where would an odinary vigilante get this kind of bullet? Although am sure a soldier officer has access to such bullets” he paused a little bit for his information to pierce the heart of his listeners.
“Any other thing you would want this court to hear?” he asked Doctor Amos.
“yes, one more thing. When i was examining the victim, i discovered the bullet pierced her at the side of her abdomen. I dont know if that will help”
“Sure,it will help alot” Barrister clement said and turned to face the court.
According to Mr.paul, the deceased was facing her husband who was pointing a gun at his wife while he walked in through the door. He was at the left hand side of Mrs. Grace and the right hand side of Mr. Jacobs.
Again, i am not a millitary personnel but i dont know of any bullet that can carry out a parabolic kind of motion. If my client truly shot the gun, the bullet would have pierced the deceased at the Front and not on the side. I rest my case” he smiled and went back to his seat.
“Would you like to cross-examine the witness?” Justice Okoro asked.
“Yes, your honour” Barrister briggs answered and stood up. He was with a picture.
“Dr. Amos, please look carefully at this picture, are your the one in this picture?” Barrister briggs asked.
Dr. Amos took a brief look at the picture. It was his graduation party. He snapped with Barrister clement and Mr. Jacobs. They all graduated from the same university.
“yes am the one” Dr. Amos replied.
“So you are friends with Mr. Jacobs?”
“Yes” Dr. Amos replied.
Barrister Briggs then turned and faced the court.
“As a boy growing up, i knew how friendship could be. I could do anything for my friends. How are we sure that Dr. Amos here is not trying to save his friend?”
“It is unethical, i can never do such” Dr. Amos cut in.
“But is there a possibility that someone can do such a thing?” Barrister Briggs asked.
“Someone, but definitely not me” Dr. Amos replied.
“My lord, Dr. Amos just admitted that it is possible for someone to lie just to cover up his friend’s act. I hereby rest my case” he said.
Justice Okoro looked at his wristwatch, the court session was already taking longer than he had expected. He decided he was going to adjourn the case after the next witness.
“anyother witness? He asked.
“Yes your honour” barrister clement shouted.
My last witness is Mrs. Grace Jacobs, please come out”.
The whole court was shocked. Can a ghost testify?
Barrister clement just looked at Barrister Briggs and smiled mischievously.
To Be Continued…