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The prisoner

After five months awaiting trial, Prospect's Prisoner is finally sentenced-but he saves his young friend from incarceration

By Peter Wayne   October 1998

Sitting in the meatwagon on the way to court this morning, staring wistfully out of an armoured aperture at the needle-sharp spire of Tardebigge Church, I was trying my best to compose the statement of exoneration which I had promised George I would write when we finally appeared in front of the judge for sentencing at the austere Greek Revival crown court in Worcester.

Today was the day. Shakily-writing straight and legible lines whilst bouncing along country lanes in this manner was not an easy task-I began my earnest submissions. After all, despite his nascent criminal propensities, George is only…

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