Old Bailey Trial
The public can sit in the gallery of this trial, as I did today Tuesday 2nd December. Its quite a gripping experience, with the two accused sitting in a huge glass cage and various testimonies being read out or spoken, about what witnesses saw at 2.15-2.20 pm in that street, Artillery Place. Their accounts started off with their seeing a ‘crashed car’ and the two black men outside the car, plus a dummy-like figure on the pavement, who initially had his back against the wall . (NB you may wish to check over my original story here). They then saw both of these men hack the body with knives, ‘frenzied stabbing,’ one with a butcher’s cleaver.
No sound came from the victim. We never heard whether he was alive or dead.
Quite a crowd of people gathered round and were filming on their mobile phones (peculiar that we have not seen any of these pictures?)
Gill Hicks saw the car crashed into a road sign. That was the initial setup, I did not gather that any witness claimed to have seen it happen.
One witness, while stopping to see this horror, noticed a ‘line of traffic behind him in the rear-view mirror.’ That is what one would expect on this busy road, but my impression was an absence of traffic in all pictures of that event.
A witness described seeing a lot of blood on the pavement – as one would expect. Again, there was a problem with ground-shot images failing to show any trace of blood. (See eg first image here, or first image here)
Mr Gary Perkin described how a brave woman tried to ‘comfort’ Lee Rigby while he was lying in the road. One would have thought he was beheaded (and therefore thoroughly dead) by then, so this is straining our credulity. No one questioned Mr Perkin to clear up this most obvious anomaly. It should be further noted that no adversarial questioning of any witness took place at this trial today
Moving the Goalposts?
The goalposts seems to have moved since the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby was reported back in May – suggesting a different location of the death. Media-amnesia seems to be prevailing at this Old Bailey trial, in relation to the original version.