Criminology students visit Old Bailey

Students from University Centre South Essex took an interesting trip to the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court.

The second year BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic students, who study at the centre’s Southend Campus, sat in the public gallery for number of serious cases.

Cases included a serious fraud charge against former bank executives, an individual standing trial for offences to women and children and gang members being prosecuted for murder.

The students were able to observe different ways in which cases were presented.  The fraud case was completely paperless whereas the other cases were presented more traditionally. They also got an insight into how slowly the wheels of justice can move.

Charlie Kelsey, from Hockley, said: “I found the day really interesting, it gave me a great insight into how to present evidence at court which will help me with my planned career in forensic psychology.”

Jayde Dorland, from Westcliff, said: “The day helped prepare me for my expert witness assignment. The murder case was emotional and I learnt about prosecuting a joint enterprise.”

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