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Dilemma in the dock

It is my first case. I am defending two young men accused of assault. Suddenly their interests diverge. What do I do?

By Alex McBride   June 2005

Billy Kilcooley followed the usher into the provincial courtroom. His loose-fitting suit could not hide his twitchiness. His eyes darted about, trying to take everything in, not because he was unfamiliar with courts but because he was nervous and excited. His body was popping with expectation.

The courtroom is in a dying town with one street and an empty arcade. I’ll call this town, protruding into the Irish sea, the hunchback of Pembrokeshire.

Billy Kilcooley is the main complainant -…

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