The court gathered and everyone sat quietly waiting. Barrister Thomas re-invited the lady back to the interrogation box.
Thomas: Young lady! In the few hours of recess I’ve had time to go through your statement and some things are not straight forward and if possible I will want you to clarify them for me.
Firstly at 36 you are unmarried and then a single man of God invited you to his house and you went there and the next thing you claimed was that he wanted to rape you. I find this really strange for someone who is urgently looking for a man. Most ladies will see this as an opportunity to grab and marry this man.
”Objection your honour, my honourable colleague is embarrassing my client” her lawyer shouted.
Judge: Objection sustained
”Sorry! Your Honour” the Barrister Thomas said, I will rephrase my statement.
Thomas: Sister, I also noticed you said Pastor Chris came and then demanded to go and take his bath. For someone who has kept you waiting and it was getting really late, I find it a little bit strange that you would just agree to stay and wait patiently and you know very well that it was not an all night meeting.
Lady: I was the one in need of prayer so I had to wait.
Thomas: Interesting! And another thing I found really strange is that, Pastor Chris called you to come up to his room and you went. Then immediately he grabbed you, is that correct?
Lady: Yes sir! That is correct.
Thomas: This means you were the last to enter into the room right?
Lady: (feeling uneasy) What is your point sir?
Thomas: Is that correct or not?
”Objection! Your Honour, the defence is badgering my client” her lawyer shouted.
Thomas: Your Honour! There is a point I am trying to prove and I need her to answer me so as for me to get there.
Judge: Objection overruled! Answer the question.
Lady: Ye ye yes (she stammered) I was the last to enter the room.
Thomas: And you said the pastor tore off your clothes and forced himself on you right?
Turning to the judge the lawyer said
Thomas: Your honour! According to her she was the last person to enter the room and without saying or doing anything the pastor jumped on her and beat her up and then raped her. From the story told by both party the door was locked. Now my question is, if you are the last person to enter the room it means you locked the door and why would you do that? And if you are not the one who locked the door, it means Pastor Chris’s story is the truth. For he said he locked the door when he went in and that means you were already in the room, probably hiding somewhere waiting for him to come so that you can lie and frame him up.
”Objection! My Lord” her lawyer shouted, but Barrister Thomas ignored her and continued!
”Your Honour these are the clothes she claimed was torn by Pastor Chris. If you look carefully sir, you will see these are scissors cut and not hand cut. There is a difference between when a hand tears a cloth and when there is a neat cut and this is obviously a neat cut” he carried the clothes and showed them to the judge who looked at them carefully and shook his head.
Thomas: Your Honour! I demand that this be kept and recorded as exhibit. (he submitted the clothes to the police who wraped and took them away). Your Honour! This lady also claimed that my client sent her a text and that they’ve been in communication before that very day. Your honour! I would love to request that this lady present to the court the text message sent by Pastor Chris to her.
The judge nodded his head in approval to what the lawyer had requested.
Lady: Please I didn’t keep the text, I have deleted it already.