The door to the court opened. I took a deep breath and walked in, head held high. I was ushered to the witness box. Upon my arrival the Judge, asked me if I wished to stand or be seated. I looked straight at Robinson, who was sitting in the glass room. As he was seated I advised the Judge that I would stand. This is or, should I say, was my time. Now I am in the position of telling the world what happened.
I swore an oath as an Atheist and took a sip of water. I was instructed by the Judge to face the jury and the Judge. At this point I turned to the Judge and took this time to apologise for the language that I was about to use. He replied, “Mr Smith, say what you will. I’ve heard it all before. I will take no offence. All answers to be made in the direction of the jury.”
Mr H asked me my name, date of birth, etc. and then went on to ask me the history of my abuse. I stood tall, listened, took a sip of water and then answered all the questions one by one. I did not raise my voice, as the police had asked me to try not to lose my temper. This went on for 4 or 5 hours. I remember thinking to myself that Mr H did not mention Robinson once. And the other thing was, before each question was answered, I took another sip and a court lady kept coming to me to give me more water. I was worried that I was going to need to go for a pee. But my concentration overcame this.
Then Mr H, asked me if the man that abused me was in court. I raised my arm and pointed straight at Robinson. I looked at the Judge and said aloud, finger still pointing, “that man, Richard John James Robinson, is the man that abused me when I was 11 years old.” I was questioned, “Are you sure?” Finger still pointing , I said “My son is in this court today. It is on my son’s life that is the man that abused me when I was 11.”
Then I dropped my arm. Turning to the Judge, I apologised for pointing , as it is bad manners. He smiled. Then Mr H said “thank you” to me and sat down.