Academy pupils shine at mock court trial

A team of 16 students from Banbridge Academy travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast to take place in the Bar Mock Trial competition.

The team had the help of two former pupils who are now barristers, Severina Kelly and Vikki Singer, and together they prepared two prosecution and defence cases.

Case one centred on an 18 year old student who was accused of the grievous bodily harm of a nightclub door person.

The second case involved an instance of train fare evasion and whether the two people involved were in a joint enterprise.

Representing Banbridge Academy as barristers were Aimee Gregson, Megan Peters, Radhika Gupta and Sarah Jane Trimble.

Witnesses were Jenna Ireland, Christopher Jardine, Susanna Cartmill, and Nicole Parkinson Kelly.

The jury was represented by Rebecca Graham, Amy Ferguson, Clemi Smith, Hannah Telford and William Tougher.

The court clerk was Luke Mehaffey and the court usher was Lesa Gallagher.

In round one they were up against Methodist College, Belfast and were victorious by 65 points to 62. In the second round they defeated a very strong team from Sacred Heart Grammar, Newry by 69 points to 68.

In the final round they defeated Victoria College, Belfast by 81 points to 77. However, the intricate judging system meant they were not placed in the final, explained a school spokeswoman, “but this does not detract from an extremely impressive performance by the team in the face of a very high standard of opposition. Both teachers and pupils were delighted”.