A short excerpt from the cross-examination of Harry Pace’s brother Elton by Beatrice’s barrister, Norman Birkett, which took place 85 years ago today:
Mr Birkett...: You have told us that you are on friendly terms with the prisoner, your sister-in-law. Is that true or is it a lie?—It is true.
Four years ago did Mrs. Pace forbid you to come to the house?—She told me that very often, but I did not mind it.
Did she tell you you were a bully?—Yes, but we made it up. She asked me to be friendly.
I suggest that that is a deliberate untruth?—It is not. ...
Counsel: Did you tell your brother that his wife was calling him names?—Certainly not. He would have gone about my neck, that he would.
He was very fond of his wife?—He was overseeing in her.
Do you mean that he was seeing in her what was not there? (Loud laughter.)
The Judge (sternly): I will not have this silly laughter in this court. This
is not a laughing matter, and if I hear any more of it I shall order those who laugh to be turned out of the court. Those who laugh here should be ashamed of themselves for being such idiots as to laugh.
Counsel: Do you mean that your brother was devoted to the prisoner?—he could see no fault in her.
(‘”Ordered” From Pace’s House’, Daily Mirror, 4 July 1928, p. 4.)