As a conclusion to our Literacy work on Alfred Noyes’ ‘Highwayman’, our class decided to put King George’s Redcoats on trial!
The prosecution put to the judge that the Redcoats had behaved unprofessionally, and indeed irresponsibly, in their dealings with the alleged Highwayman and his love, Bess, the landlord’s daughter.
The trial was conducted with a judge, barristers and their learned counsel, witnesses for the defence and prosecution and the jury.
We all rose for the entrance of the judge and the witnesses were ‘sworn in’ on the bible. The evidence was presented and witnesses were cross-examined.
The jury then retired to consider the evidence and they unanimously concluded that the Redcoats were guilty of a miscarriage of justice!