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The case against my client is overwhelming, but he refuses to plead guilty. Any questions that I ask in court are just going to make things worse

By Alex McBride   August 2006

Time was running out for Mr Ng and he was still only half awake. The car- towers had arrived on the stroke of 8.30. He looked out the window to see two men attaching the straps to the wheels of his car. Why were they always picking on him? Fifteen floors up and the lift wasn’t working. Nothing was going right. He pulled on some tracksuit bottoms and raced down. Out in the street the situation was critical. His car was already on the truck. He protested angrily, explaining that he lived in the flats, but his lack of English…

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