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This story parodies the illogical and wholly unreasonable aspects of the way the law works. How its quest for ‘justice’ often leads to injustice, and how its rigid and inflexible approach to ‘due process’ makes a mockery of fairness, and hands down bizarre judgements. The insistence that everything must be resolved in court under the public gaze, creates ridiculous situations that do nothing to dignify the rightness of the justice system. On the contrary, it shames it.
Just such a story is that of Edmund Lincoln.
It’s the fourth time ram raiders have wrecked Edmund Lincoln’s nationally famous audio and HI-Fi business, and he’s facing ruin. Exorbitant and restricted insurance, and the totally inept police investigations, mean he has little chance of recovering anything lost or receiving adequate recompense.
After the fourth break in his senior manager Mark Stepleford, painfully restores the business but another disaster strikes when a psychotic customer is thought to be shoplifting. He is challenged and draws a knife to fend off the shop staff. Mark, realising the man is completely out of control, stabs him with a needle test probe. The man is dead on arrival at the hospital.
Mark and the two sales staff are arrested on charges of manslaughter. But notwithstanding the Crown Prosecution’s insistence on due process, the jury refuses to convict.
For a while life and business return to normal but then they are notified that their rather limited insurance is being withdrawn. It means that the whole trading operation is now severely compromised. To protect the shop in the absence of insurance Mark designs a hyper–powerful sonic system that creates a deep sense of fear in intruders. He adds an extremely powerful low frequency sound field that causes the intruder real physical distress. Just after Christmas, during the shop’s week long shutdown, they are called by the police. The shop has been hit. They are horrified to learn that on inspection the police have found five dead bodies in the shop – all of them having suffered agonising deaths. Edmund Lincoln is arrested for murder. He is outraged – thus begins his fight against the CPS and the whole apparatus of the legal process.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I trained first in applied physics (BSc) followed later by post-graduate studies in economic & industrial history (MPhil) business studies (DipBA) and later a PhD in metrology. Following a successful career in strategic research/technology and administration, I began to parallel academic authorship with writing popular science and biographical articles for various technical and innovation magazines.
Apart from a fascination with inventors, inventions and new technologies I also enjoy writing ‘off the beaten track’ fiction, particularly when it leaves the reader slightly breathless. My publication record covers 11 Books (academic, fiction and humour) under various names and pseudonyms along with 68 research papers and umpteen popular science and innovation articles.
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Bari King, a Niger-Delta militant leader, after indulging in wanton killing, kidnapping, blackmailing, and crude oil theft is now at wits-end, as his sister falls in love with his French captive. Reluctantly letting-go of the hero-worship and ego-massage, he embraces the Amnesty Program of the Federal Government of Nigeria. However, peace still eludes him, and his world becomes mired in upheaval, as the covenant of protection he made with some dark forces begins to haunt him. In his bid to save himself, he visits a Shaman and gains an unbargained other-worldly adventure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Azubike Okwudili Eze. I was born May 11, 1967 in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. I am an alumnus of University of Nigeria, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Estate Management. I practice as a registered Estate Surveyor & Valuer and live in port- Harcourt with my wife and son.
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Jahangir was the fourth Moghul emperor of India. His empress Nur Jahan literally ruled the empire. Most of the gardens still intact in Kashmir were designed by her and built by her orders. Kashmir’s beautiful palaces and gardens became a haven for the royal couple away from court intrigues in India. Before his death Jahangir wrote in his journal:
‘All is vain, fleeting and perishable. In the twinkling of an eye we shall see the enchantress fate who enslaves the world and its votaries. Seizes the throat of another and another victim. And so exposed is man to be trodden down by the calamities of life that one can almost be persuaded to affirm that he never had existed. This world the end of which is destined to be miserable can scarcely be worth the risk of so much useless violence.’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Farzana Moon is a historian and a playwright. All of her scholarly books on Moghul History are accepted to be adapted for documentaries. She has Masters in Education and well versed in Moghul History and Islamic literature. Recently published books: Prophet Muhammad The First Sufi of Islam, No Islam But Islam; Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar; The Moghul Exile. The Moghul Saint of Insanity; Sharia de Fabricated are to be published. Currently working on a book, The Living Quran.
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