Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Visit

Stock image of Rochdale Magistrates Court, similar to Highbury Corners.

During my first visit to a Magistrates Court (Highbury Corner), I was particularly fascinated by the case of one twenty-five year old female who clearly had an extremely high opinion of herself.

She entered the court with an immediate attitude and swagger in her walk, hood up and all, which I found ironic considering she had only been recently released from prison after spending four years inside for GBH. The young lady about to spend another eight weeks for assaulting her mother twice in the space of two days.

Sat in the public gallery, I pondered, ‘what has she got to be proud of’?

The first offence, which occurred on Tuesday (November 13), consisted of the defendants mother asking her to stop leaving the door on latch, which caused the young female to flick a cigarette down her mother’s bra; the second was caused by her mother allegedly kicking the defendant in the back, causing the female in question to ‘spill’ tea all down her mother’s chest. Although the defendant pleaded guilty to both charges, it signified to me that some people – several not much older than myself – already seem to have given up on their lives.

For instance, when the magistrates were reading out her punishment, I noticed the female’s face didn’t express any emotion; it was as if she had already accepted that this was how she would live out her days, hopping in and out of a prison cell bed.

Overall, I found my visit to the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to be very interesting and certainly eye-opening, and I look forward to the forthcoming trip to the Blackfriars Crown Court.

Portraits of Reconciliation – A New York Times Study

Whilst examining the different stories told in ‘Portraits of Reconciliation’, published in the New York Times in April 2014, I decided to write about this image of Juvenal Nzabamwita and Cansilde Kampundu. This is because I am intrigued by the body language the pair express in the image – for instance, Kampundu has her arms crossed, signifying that she is still reserved about the encounter, whereas Nzabamwita is stretched out on the ground, his body leaning into his arm carelessly.

Although it was his father that killed her children, as he only looted her house, I think that a part of Cansilde will always resent the man and his family for destroying hers. Also, it looks as if Juvenal is posing for the photograph, connoting that he is enjoying the attention, but Cansilde is not.

From the stories that they spoke about in the article, I think that the sole reason Kampundu accepted Nzabamwita’s forgiveness is down to her being scared that if she didn’t, there would be no one around to help or protect her during tough times. Based on the glimpse into Juvenal’s past, I think that he feels it is down to him to take care of Cansilde, as it is because of his relatives that her entire family were slaughtered in the Rwanda Genocide.

Markle’s Sparkle – An Intimate Profile of the Duchess of Sussex

The profile I studied was that of Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, that was written for The Guardian in November 2017 following the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry. Robert Booth wrote this piece in order for Guardian readers to understand more about both Markle’s background and heritage, detailing the struggles her mother Doria faced raising her daughter in a ‘largely white Valley area of the city’ – this signifies that the writer wanted his audience to consider the personal journey that Meghan Markle has endured, growing up as a mixed race American.

Another technique that Booth used to encourage his readers to think fondly of Markle is by contrasting the way her and Prince Harry have used their influence to speak out on social issues; for instance, Meghan made her views on Brexit extremely clear, posting an image of a placard on her Instagram that stated Britain leaving the European Union takes away ‘the biggest part’ of the United Kingdom. However, being a member of the British Royal Family (BRF) means that you are not allowed to make political statements, therefore Prince Harry has always remained tight-lipped on his opinions. The writer also implies that Meghan Markle will be a great addition to the BRF, mentioning her humanitarian work as a global ambassador for World Vision Canada.

This profile about the Duchess of Sussex was published prior to her wedding to the Duke, and it was written in order for the British public to have an informed, well-balanced idea of who Meghan Markle is, and how she is different to any other person that has joined the British Royal Family in the past.