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The accused, Chelsea Liew, was in court. She sat on a wooden bench in a wooden box, handcuffed to a police woman.
The prosecutor, a large, shiny Malay man, marking time until his own elevation to the Bench, watched the court official read out the charge in a slow, ponderous voice, ‘That you, Chelsea Liew, on or about the eighteenth day of July, committed murder by causing the death of Alan Lee.’
The judge said, ‘How does the accused plead? Guilty or not guilty?’
The shrivelled old man with large, yellow, herbivorous teeth and a thick head of implausibly black