The Court And The Prison
shopping for his mother. Suddenly, there was a lot of noise and he saw
some people chasing a man. They were shouting, "Thief! Thief!"
They caught the man and held him until a policeman came and took him away.
Next Monday at school, Agbo raised his hand to ask the teacher a question.
"Yes, Agbo?" said Mr. Alabi.
"Please, sir," said Agbo, "I saw a thief in the market last Saturday.
A policeman took him away. Can you tell us what will happen to him?"
"That's a good question, Agbo," said Mr. Alabi. "I will tell you. When
the policeman catches a person who has done something bad (we call the
person a criminal), he takes him to the police station and locks him
up in a small room called cell. Then, a few days later, he takes him
to court. The court is a very important place. The criminal has to
stand in front of the magistrate. The magistrate may ask witnesses to
come and tell him what they saw. A witness is a person who has seen
the man (or woman) and can say what he was doing. When everyone has
spoken, the magistrate decides if the man is guilty or innocent. If he
thinks the man is innocent (that means that he didn't do anything
wrong) he says he can go home, but if he decides that he is guilty,
then he sends him to prison, or makes him pay money. This money is
called a fine"
"Thank you sir," said Agbo. "That's very interesting."