Murder Trial Calls Dog As Witness
A courtroom observing a French murder trial could be excused for thinking
the presiding judge has gone barking mad.
In what is believed to be a world first, the investigating magistrate has
invited a dog to take the stand as a witness.
Scooby will give evidence as he is believed to have been with his 59-year-old
owner when she was found hanging from the ceiling of her Paris flat.
Police believe the death was suicide, but her family cry murder - and the only
witness to see the alleged crime is on four legs.
It is hoped Scooby can collar the potential perpetrator, having already
played a leading role during a preliminary court hearing in Nanteree, a Paris
He is said to have hounded a suspect, "barking furiously" after being taken
out of the kennel and into the witness box by a vet.