‘Don’t reveal my identity,’ pleads anonymous witness Terry Jenkins (now 19)
The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that a record pay-out of £600k was made to the family of a child witness, after his identity was mistakenly disclosed to a violent gang. And now there are fears that renewed media attention to the case could lead to exciting new developments, which would certainly help shift some more papers if they time it about right.
Terry Jenkins, now aged 19, was forced to move away with his family to escape reprisals. It’s taken years for him to adapt to his new identity. But thanks to the tenacity of a few brave journalists, the media have finally tracked him down: they’re now sat right outside his house in the village of Tungsten.
The bland terraced house, about 100 yards past the Londis store (if you get to the phonebox you’ve gone too far) is unremarkable aside from the scrum of photographers and news agency film crews in the garden. The windows are boarded up but you can still just make out Jenkins huddled in fear, if you look through the letter box or use a thermal imaging camera.
‘Go away, leave me alone, you’re going to get me killed’, quipped Jenkins, who is of average height but has a distinctive, wide face.
‘Why would you mention the timings of the case, describe the crime and then let Nicholas Witchell hound me on a daily basis?’, sobbed the plucky, fair-haired driver of a blue Ford Fiesta (DL43 LOJ). Thanks to the CPS’ bungled response to press demands for details under the Freedom of Information Act, editors think Jenkins could face an attack at any time.
‘I’m just speculating but it could be as a soon as next Tuesday afternoon, in the car park behind Boots’, suggested one hack who wished to remain anonymous. ‘He normally parks in the far corner, just behind the bins.’
‘Something tells me that’s when his anti-depressants will run out and he’ll be forced to make a break for it. The security on that NHS patient record database is shameful. Press have also speculated that a wiley attacker could exploit Jenkins’ unusually thin skull, diabetes or nut allergy. But fortunately, these details have so far been kept secret.Click to send this story to a friend
Posted: Feb 16th, 2012 by waylandsmithy
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