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Law at work

Saturday, 21st May, 2016

Senior Correctives Officer Matt Singleton explaining the purpose of anti-riot gear including an officer’s helmet, a door-breaking tool, and a gas canister gun. Those boxing gloves are actually mittens placed on prisoners to stop them from harming themselves. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Senior Correctives Officer Matt Singleton explaining the purpose of anti-riot gear including an officer’s helmet, a door-breaking tool, and a gas canister gun. Those boxing gloves are actually mittens placed on prisoners to stop them from harming themselves. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

Animal rights activists finally got their day in court yesterday when Goldilocks went on trial for stealing from the three bears.

While the jury consisting entirely of high school students was being sworn in at the Broken Hill Court House, a large crowd gathered outside, but they were not all there for the case.

The main attraction was the court house’s annual open day when everyone is invited to watch the court at work and enjoy a free snag and a drink while visiting the various stalls set up on the front lawn.

As Goldilocks was pleading not guilty to larceny (stealing the porridge), causing malicious damage to the bears’ front door, breaking and entering, and possessing a housebreaking implement (a screwdriver), outside in the sun people were chatting to police, lawyers, Corrective Services staff, legal aid representatives and others at their stalls.

Corrective Services attracted much interest with their display of rather serious looking gear, most of it used to quell prison riots.  

But Senior Correctives Officer Matthew Singleton explained that while the equipment was indispensable, it was hardly ever employed at the Broken Hill jail where the last riot happened more than 20 years ago.

If Goldilocks’ lawyer, Ms Factscrambler, does not get her off the charges, then we can only hope - for her sake - that she’s not a troublemaker.

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