Long Sutton pupils have their day in court

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The Peele Community College has achieved success – in the magistrates’ court.

A team of 13 Year eight and nine Long Sutton students took part in the annual mock court trial competition, and came away with the winning trophy, presented by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Air Vice Marshal Gavin Mackay.

The competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and in the final of the Lincolnshire heat, held at Grantham Magistrates’ Court, the students were bidding for success against Thomas Cowley School at Donington.

Students have to take on the various roles in a mock trial, with a prosecution team and a team for the defence.

The students’ ‘case’ involved an alleged assault, and it was up to the students, using role play and cross-examination of witnesses, to convince the magistrates that the defendant was either guilty or innocent.

The students taking part were magistrates Ruby Hamilton, Charlotte Drew, Timothy Kylonnen; prosecution lawyers Danny Watts, Holly Taylor-Hart; defence lawyers Kirsty Wattam, Connor Bunn; witnesses Harry Rosendale, Alice Lenton, Cameron Witton, Louise Cumber; usher Shelby Mackman; legal advisor Emma Linnett.

They were prepared and led by the school’s vice-chairman of governors George Hoyles, a magistrate for over 20 years, together with Richard Spinks and Christine Hurst, both magistrates, plus Mr Gilman and Mr Morrow.

The students now go on to the regional final at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court in May.