The Court Case Of Mary Maloney A continuation of Roald Dahl's Lamb to the Slaughter

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The opening scene of the play is a court. There is a judge facing the audience. Mary Maloney is in the defendants seat , looking very calm.

Prosecutor: The defendant, Mary Maloney, is accused of murdering her husband, Patrick Maloney. Although she is currently pregnant, I urged your honour not to sympathise with her, as evidence shows that she is a cold-blooded killer.

Mary Maloney pretends to cry upon hearing that.

Defending Lawyer: Objection! No one is guilty until proven so in front of the court of law. Besides, the supposed weapon was never found

Judge: Objection sustained but, defendant, please control your emotions.

Defending lawyer: Today, my client is accused of a crime she did not commit. She is a dutiful wife who loves her husband dearly. I hope that Your Honour would see through the pack of lies the prosecuting team is presenting you.

Defending lawyer sits down.

Prosecutor: May I call the Detective Jack Noonan to the stand.

Jack Noonan walks in and take the stand. He swears to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Prosecutor: According to your report, the were no signs of struggle at the scene of the crime. Am I correct?

Jack Noonan : Yes.

Prosecutor: So that means that the murderer must be someone the victim knows. Someone like her wife, Mary Maloney!

Defending lawyer: Objection! The murderer might be anybody the victim knew, not necessary his wife.

Judge: Objection sustained. Prosecutor, please proceed to your next question.

Prosecutor: He knew both the suspect and the victim. Did that cloud your judgement. Why did you allow Mary Maloney to stay at the scene of the crime? Why didn't you bring her to the police station?

Jack Noonan: I...I...

Defending lawyer: Objection! The prosecutor is pressurising the...