Crown Court (1972–1984)
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Hunger Strike: Part 1 

David Timmins, a 19 year old striker, was imprisoned after being convicted of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration. He felt he should be treated as a "political prisoner" and ... See full summary »

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Terry Daly ...
Jury Foreman
Eirwyn Davies ...
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Dr. Ramiah
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Mr. Daniel Timmins
William Mervyn ...
Stanley Page ...
John Price ...
Dr. James McKenzie
William Simons ...
Peter Wheeler ...
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David Timmins, a 19 year old striker, was imprisoned after being convicted of assaulting a police officer at a demonstration. He felt he should be treated as a "political prisoner" and after being denied this status went on hunger strike. This led to him being force-fed by prison doctor James MacKenzie. Shortly after this being done for the second time Timmins died. MacKenzie now stands trial of causing manslaughter by gross negligence, the prosecution alleging that he incompetently carried out the procedure leading to damage to the stomach and death by asphyxiation. The doctor proclaims his innocence and argues that Timmins was in an extremely weak condition and instead died of pneumonia. The political and social allegiance of various key figures come under scrutiny in the case. Written by Alan Briscoe

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5 November 1975 (UK)  »

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