the murder of mary jones
Dan Smith, stand up. The clerk asks, 'Are you guilty of the murder of
Mary Jones?' 'Not guilty!' they reply. But perhaps they are guilty. The police found the murder weapon in their stolen car, and there was blood on Simon's face. If the court finds them guilty, they will go to prison for a very long time.
Can the lawyers find out the truth, by asking the right questions?
Everyone in court wants to know who murdered Mary Jones, especially her mother, and her boyfriend, Jim. You can help to find the answer, too!
The Murder of Mary Jones
This is a court in England. The people in the court are trying to answer a question - did Simon …ver más…
JUDGE: Yes, I see. Did someone find her there, that night?
Ms WILLS: Yes, my lord. Jim Wilson found her body on the beach near the road at about half past twelve. He tried to help her, but he couldn't.
Mary Jones was dead.
JUDGE: How did she die, Ms Wills?
Ms WILLS She died because someone hit her four times on the head with a spanner, my lord. Clerk, can I have the spanner, please?
CLERK: Yes, here you are. (He gives her a spanner)
Ms WILLS: Thank you. It was this spanner, members of the jury. Look at it carefully. This spanner has Mary's blood and hair on it. Can you see that? She shows the spanner to the jury.
JUDGE: Can I see that, please, Ms Wills?
Ms WILLS: Yes, of course, my lord. (She gives it to him.)
JUDGE: Thank you. But who hit her with the spanner,
Ms Wills? That's the important question, you know. Who killed her?
Ms WILLS: Who killed her? It was Simon Clark and Dan Smith, I think.
JUDGE: Why do you think that? Tell the jury, please.
Ms WILLS: Yes, my lord. They were in the disco that evening. They went there in a car, a white Ford Fiesta. It wasn't their car - they stole it.
They often steal cars.
JUDGE: I see. And how long were they there?
Ms WILLS: They were in the disco for two hours.
At about ten o'clock,
Dan danced with Mary Jones. After that, Simon Clark danced with her.
JUDGE: Excuse me, Ms Wills. Did J im see this?
Ms WILLS: Yes, my lord, he did. He was very angry, and he hit