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No Further Trial

“On account of a mental disorder, the defendant is not criminally responsible. He won’t undergo further trial but will be taken into the custody of designated mental Institution. However, parents of the defendant will see to the plaintiff’s damages within a stipulated period of time.”

Ikenna’s friend, who stood as his attorney walked up to him in court.

“I don’t believe that boy I’m looking at right now and who I see every day across my street is insane. I don’t believe it.” Ikenna was disappointed.

“Well, in the court of law what matters is trustworthy evidence and if the councel can prove that someone who is alive is dead and can present a convincing evidence when the other can’t prove otherwise, the court rules in favour of the person with sufficient convincing evidence. What I’m trying to say is that there is enough evidence to show he’s not in his right senses at the time.”

“They bought those witnesses.” Ikenna said as they walked to the door. “All I wanted was for him to be put away for some time so the community would be safer. How sure am I that I’ll not wake up one morning or come back one evening to a burning house?”

“Well, he’s going away for a while.” sad his attorney.

“Just wondering why his parents left him unguarded.”

“It could be they only found out after the incident. It could be he was in his early stage.”

Few minutes later, Ikenna watched the 22-year-old old boy who set his new car on fire, walk away with his parents and felt like yelling at someone else who needed to be heedful.

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  1. Sometimes you wonder if the law always ‘does justice to justice’. Many have been subject to injustice because of the ‘letter of the law’. In such a case, one can only hope that time and chance will rectify the wrong done.

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