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LU_kids_124LU fifth graders held mock criminal trial

Fifth grade Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LU) pupils held a mini-mock trial at Philipsburg Courthouse on Thursday morning, February 14.

With the help of their teacher Amissa President, Justice Minister Roland Duncan, Jelmer Snow of BZSE Attorneys, Judge Diederick Thierry, Brenda Brooks of Brooks Attorneys and Philipsburg Courthouse staff, the fifth graders worked individually preparing and applying concepts they learned during their unit of the judicial system for the trial titled The Three Billy Goats Gruff Versus The Troll.

Based on books The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Just a Friendly Old Troll, complete with costumes, judicial robes, roles as defence attorneys, a prosecutor, defendant, judge, jurors, bailiff and witnesses, Teacher President's fifth grade LU class presented the trial to a filled courtroom of friends, parents and family members.

The case centred around three Billy goats (brothers) who, when crossing a bridge to get to a hillside to eat, were stopped by a troll, who lives under the bridge, who wanted to have them for dinner. Thinking that the troll wanted to eat the goats, the eldest goat in self-defence threw him into the stream. In the troll's defence, he was actually inviting the Billy goats for dinner and, as a result of that misunderstanding, was unlawfully thrown into the stream.

After a short recess, members of the jury found the troll guilty of attempted murder and not guilty of illegal possession of a bridge; he was sentenced to six years imprisonment and anger management classes.

The creative illustration of a criminal court case concluded with attorney Brenda Brooks receiving a token of thanks for her expertise and help in preparing LU's fifth grade class for the mock trial.

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