QED

Insinuate … Incriminate … Incarcerate

Constable Plod asked me: “Are you able to describe the innards of that very room where Bixby says that he was interfered with most horrible ten years ago?”

 “Well, yes, of course,” I replied. “I go there quite often. It’s a room in my club.”

“Ah-Ah!” Plod exclaimed. “So, you admit to being in the very vicinity where this grave offence happened?”

“No, I admit to nothing. I know nothing of the assault on Bixby. If it occurred, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t there.”

“Excuse me Mr Smith, but you have already admitted to havin’ been in the room.”

“Yes, but not at the time Bixby claims he was there, I responded.”

“Ah-Ah!” Plod exclaimed again. “And what time is that exactly?”

“Well, I don’t know, I wasn’t there,” I said in an exasperated voice.

“Now, now, Sir. No need to take that tone with me, I’m just doing my job. The fact remains that Bixby has provided me with a description of the room which matches up and which proves to me he was there. So, he was there and you was there. Now that’s what I call a fact. What do you say to that?”

“Look, I’ve been in the room many times and usually other club members are there too. Ask them! They come and go, so it is very unlikely that anyone would have the opportunity to assault Bixby.”

“So, Sir, are you saying that Bixby made the whole thing up?” Plod queried.

“I don’t know. All I know is that I didn’t do it.”

“What exactly didn’t you do,” Plod retorted cunningly.

“Whatever Bixby said I did,” I replied lamely.

“You’re very clever Mr Smith to avoid my little trap, but it doesn’t let you off the hook, not by a long chalk,” Plod intoned accusingly. “You had the opportunity and there are rumors flashing around the ABC that you may have had the inclination, or known someone who had the inclination, or known someone who knew someone who had the inclination.”

“I assure you, Constable Plod, that I personally have no such inclination. I can’t control the scuttlebutt spewing out of a tendentious, compromised, and thoroughly disreputable broadcaster with an axe to grind against me.”

“Big words don’t cut no ice with me,” Plod replied. “As sure as eggs you done it. Bixby is very credible and I’m sure a jury will agree.”

“You’re arresting me,” I said incredulously, appalled at the turn of events. Worse was coming.

I am now in Long Bay penning this story of the events leading up to my unjust and cruel incarceration.

Everyone who mattered considered Bixby, my sole accuser, to be credible. I plead my case to those in the world still possessed of common sense and decency.

Isn’t it incredible that the mere appearance of being credible has been enough to find me culpable? Well, isn’t it? Isn’t it!

6 comments
  • rod.stuart

    Sanity departed this country years ago. Now Justice is gone as well.

  • deric davidson

    The only doubt remaining is serious doubt about this verdict being beyond reasonable doubt!

  • en passant

    Peter,
    Never forget that we are a civilised nation ruled by laws and governed by the smartest (otherwise unemployable) twerps.

    Nobody ever said anything about justice in Oz, though we have been belled by the term ‘Kangaroo Court’.

  • Lawrie Ayres

    After the travesty of the Court of Appeal I fear the high court if they deign to here this appeal will also look with blighted eye and believe the lying choirboy. It does seem strange that a nameless complainant ( why don’t we know his name?) is to believed over twenty or thirty others. This must be a warning for all, do not go to court in Victoria.

  • pbw

    The appalling bigot John Ferguson, who masquerades as a senior journalist for The Australian, reporting on this interview before the video had been released, commenced his disinterested report with “A strident George Pell…” Ferguson continued to flaunt his bigotry with every story he has typed about Pell’s case and appeal. What a degenerate rag the Oz is becoming.

  • Hal

    ““the concept of innocence is a holdover from the Middle Ages.””

    “To build…… future generations of perfect people, the sacrifice of the relatively few, imperfect homunculi of the present (is)was a small price to pay. ”

    “It is not necessary during the interrogation to look for evidence…..The first question which you should ask him is what class does he belong to, what is his origin, his education and his profession. These are the questions which will determine the fate of the accused.”.

    Quotes from The New Criterion
    Features September 2019
    How the great truth dawned
    by Gary Saul Morson
    On the Soviet virtue of cruelty.

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