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The jury's out

By Kate Kellaway   October 2002

The man in the dock makes a doleful exhibit. He is a carpenter in a smart grey suit reserved perhaps for weddings, funerals-and now for court appearances. He has never been in trouble before. He sits behind a glass barrier. It seems permissible-necessary even-to stare at him. But what can a face tell? He has broken the nose of a “friend” at a party, in the suburbs of north London. There is no dispute about the nose or his responsibility for breaking it. But was he acting in self-defence? Or protecting his girlfriend? The story that builds over three days-the…

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