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Synopsis: The witness tells a story of a brilliant Lawyer who finds himself working for a criminal organisation, Acheron Gabriel & Co, a prestigious legal firm with a very dark history. Lauren, an Attorney begins a relationship with an intern Ophelia. Ophelia witnesses a murder, and discovers the dark side of the firm. There is a plot against Lauren, with the help of Ophelia he decides to escape. The witness is a romantic thriller.
Original Story by: Zheer Bajalan

Ophelia – Tania can you help me with this.

Tania – Strange, they must have changed the locks, I’ll investigate.

Ophelia makes an effort with her appearance and makes her way to Lauren’s Attorney office.

Ophelia – Hello my name is Ophelia I’m here to see Mr Lauren I have an appointment.

Receptionist – Come in.

Mr Lauren – You made it on time, would you like anything to drink.

Ophelia – No thanks, I couldn’t get access to the files you requested regarding Mr Ahriman.

Mr Lauren – Not to worry, I need to prepare for the trial, can you open a file for Mr Ahriman, and can you call his business associate, find out everything you can about the accident.

Ophelia – I’ll get right on it, one last thing, how can you represent someone you know is guilty of murder.

Mr Lauren – Well that’s my job.

Scene change, a meeting is held at Acherons office, Ahriman, Abigor and Gabriel along with another senior partner of the firm is present, Tony Wielder.

Ahriman – I don’t know why I just lost control.

Acheron – Calm down, ok so you had an argument regarding the prenuptial agreement, then what.

Ahriman – Well she started shouting, called me a bastard and threatened to turn me over to the police, tell them everything about my money laundering venture.

Acheron – Ok, how did she end up in the swimming pool.

Ahriman – I strangled her, she lost consciousness, I realized she wasn’t breathing anymore so I throw her into the pool, got into my car and drove off.

Acheron – Your business associate, what was he doing in your house.

Ahriman – I told him what happened over the phone, so I asked him to make his way to my house and call the police, so he did.

Tony Wilder – It is an open and closed case; I’m going to have to make a few phone calls to the serving judge.

Gabriel – The police won’t take too long to link the murder to you, fingerprints, the lead up, you know how it’s going to look in trial.

Ahriman – I know, my life is on the line, Gabriel, say something.

Gabriel – It is standard procedure, Mr Lauren has to be kept in the dark, the Jury and Judge, leave that to us, they’ve worked for us in the past, we’ll cut a deal.

Tony Wilder – Abigor, we need you to take care of the witness.

Abigor – Ahriman’s business associate.?

Tony – Right, get the story straight, we need him alive pretrial.

The atmosphere in the meeting room is tense but calculated.

Scene change, a trial date is agreed, Acheron attends, Mr Lauren attends with his client and Ophelia.

Judge - All rise, Mr Lauren do you wish to make your opening statement,

Mr Lauren – Yes, your honour.

Judge – Go ahead.

Mr Lauren – This is a case of death by misadventure, Mr Ahriman’s wife on the night of the accident was intoxicated and distressed at the prospect of losing her appeal for the total sum of three million dollars divorce settlement. She decided to go for a swim in our clients second home, when she drowned due to intoxication. We have witness that will testify to the whereabout of our client on that night, as well as medical reports on her alcohol consumption.

Judge – Will Mr Ahriman step forward, do you swear to tell the truth nothing but the truth so help you God.

Ahriman – I do.

Judge – Please proceed.

Prosecution CouncelThank you your honour, Mr Ahriman I am sure the jury would be interested in knowing that this isn’t the first time you’ve appeared in court for a murder charge.

Mr Lauren – I object your honour, our client was acquitted, lack of relevance.

Judge – Overruled.

Prosecution Council – Mr Ahriman, how were you informed of your ex-wife’s death.

Ahriman – I was informed by the police, so I rushed back from a business meeting.

Prosecution – It was your business associate that informed the police of the accident, what was he doing in your house.

Ahriman – We have been business partners for decades; I was planning a dinner gathering that evening.

Prosecution – With your ex-wife.

Lauren – I object where is this leading to.

Judge – Overruled.

Prosecution – Surly your business associate would have known that you being in the middle of a divorce proceeding would have no interest in such gathering.

Ahriman – I wasn’t aware that she was at my second home.

Prosecution – Your wife was found dead at your pool, well past the hours of dinner time, had she drowned, surly your business associate would have called the emergency line a lot sooner.

Lauren – Your honour I’d like to re-esses, may I speak to my client.

Judge – You may.

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