Look­ing Back

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Opinion -

“De­fi­ant Gor­don in the dock” and “Laugh­ing sol­dier pleads not guilty as wit­nesses tell of his wife’s muf­fled cries” were the lead head­lines of September 15 2012 on the front page of Week­end Post. The story, writ­ten by Kathryn Kim­ber­ley, read: In a day of high drama and emo­tion yes­ter­day, the Port El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Court was told how neigh­bours heard Avril Gor­don’s muf­fled cries for days be­fore they en­coun­tered a woman so badly beaten and abused that their lives would be changed forever. This was part of the shock­ing tes­ti­mony that was heard on the first day of the trial in which Avril’s hus­band, Fred­er­ick Gor­don, 42, stands ac­cused on charges of rape, kid­nap­ping and at­tempted mur­der. A de­fi­ant Gor­don pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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