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'Lego court' for vulnerable witnesses

Special room less intimidating for children, disabled, say prosecutors

Published on Jun 21, 2014 9:52 AM

The rape victim, 10, climbs onto a sofa and hugs one of the soft toys on it, unsure of what to do next.

She is at the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) in Upper Pickering Street, preparing to recount her horrific experience.

When prompted, she clings tighter to the toy but begins to talk, and her testimony gives prosecutors the ammunition they need to go to trial.

But building a bond with young children who are traumatised - and getting them to talk - is not easy, said prosecutors.

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