WPC Hamilton strode the distance from the junction, declared it to be
10 metres and then took a statement from me in her own language. When
I said that I preferred to write it myself, she called to her companion,
WPC Chard: "We've got a right one here." When I pointed to the
position of the Mercedes as the cause of the accident, she said: "That
doesn't give you the right to knock her down." I began to feel vulnerable.
Last Monday in Kingston Crown Court, I presented my case - again. The
precise position of Mrs Keohane's car could only be established by the
size of WPC Hamilton's shoes. Grudgingly, she admitted she wears size
6; even more grudgingly she admitted that the car was three shoelengths
of her shoe from the kerb, yet still she maintained that this was a mere
12 inches. I then produced a pair of dowdy walking boots borrowed from
a friend. "I have here," I said, "a pair of size 6 boots
and a tape measure - the sole is some 10 inches long." .