The Villains in my Home Town. part 7.
A very sad case
A nswering the customary occasional summons from Channel Ten news, I arrived in court to find my pal Pete Mullins already setting up to sketch the case of the day for Channel Seven. So I sat down next to him and we chuckled to ourselves. It was like we'd just moved the studio down to courthouse. It only happened once. I think Pete was much more comfortable back at the tv station working out the animations for the weather forecast, all those fluffy clouds roiling about behind the guy, or lady, in the suit.
This one was an extremely sad case. A girl aged nineteen was on trial for aiding the suicide of her boyfriend. It was to have been a double suicide. The pair injected themselves with battery acid and heroin and slashed themselves with razor blades. Somehow police were alerted and found them in time to save the girl, who survived and needed 109 stitches to heal her wounds.
As the news programs have different airing times, I was able to tape both.
All I can say is that if our dawings looked that different it's a good job neither of us ever had to identify a villain in a line-up.
Pete and I were impressed with humanity of the court. The girl was given three years probation. The judge said: "Where two disturbed young people enter into a suicide pact, the survivor must be seen as a victim rather than a person guilty of serious misconduct."
Bob at Four Realities reviews Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland, and cheerfully invokes my slogan: 'It is a graphic novel, Percy'
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