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Analysis Question: Does he reliably report what happened to Pearl, or is there more to the account in which he is not reporting?
PAUL: The day it happened we …. It was a Sunday. Emmm… we were both in the process of getting up, Gem was …. I think Gem was changing or feeding Ace as far as I can recall and then she came ….. again burst in through the door, daddy swings and daddy park, so she daddy swings and daddy park. I was delighted because she never asked me to do that. She never says daddy swings and daddy park. It’s only just .. over the moon and I …..we were up early because I was in rehearsals for a play ..eemmm .. and … errr so part ..(unintelligible) and they start around 10:30 and I said daddy work now and daddy come back and we go to the park with the swings, so I said to Gemma, “I’ll go to rehearsals and get her ready by the time we come back” and we discuss what park and I said take her to the park (unintelligible) you know the big park or there’s a park just up from my mom’s there just at the top of main square. I went to rehearsals. Emm ..I joked with Anthony Van Gogh the writer of the play emm .. because I’ve learnt all my lines and everyone else says and I joked about the fact, I’m too good for this lot. I said can I go early? I said Pearl wants me to take her to the park. I said I’m .. I’m done. I can’t do any more, can I leave. I never leave so early cause it’s a great company and it’s a great cast and we have a good laugh but that day it was so strange because I just wanted to get out to there, like I said knew my bet I want to the park with her. Came home, Gem had her ready peppa coat, peppa wellies peppa jeans the works. Jumped in the truck, off up to my mom’s to get Rolla my Boxer dog. . emm..she went to climb up the stairs and I said “no”, she always / at my mom’s she take like a little drum on to the first step and sits there and taps it and I said no not up the stairs. So it all comes to what if facts. If I hadn’t left rehearsals early, if I let her climb up another step, you know ..aaah
Please note the very lengthy introduction.
Take special notice of any information that appears irrelevant.
Note who is named first in the statement.
Note under what context the victim's name is finally used.
Note the quality of social introduction of Rolla.
GEMMA: because she’s she’s never, to put in context, she’s never here on Sunday afternoon because Paul’s out at band practice or rehearsals whatever. We pack up and probably go out to my parents for the afternoon, because she’s never here.
PAUL: She’s never here, so unusual, she shouldn’t have been here.
GEMMA: She should have been having Sunday dinner.
PAUL: And I said I had Ace, and I said I’m gonna walk him to the park cause Rolla’s so well behaved, he’s he’s always off the lead and Sundays that one is relatively quiet anfd I’ve only got to click my fingers and he’s a well trained dog. My mom hasn’t got a gate on her house. The driveway just come up off on to the pavement from the main road, so like I say, Rolla was off the lead but to heel ..umm.. I have Ace in my left arm and Pearl was walking again to heel cuase she was , she was never one to run, she was only just, she hadn’t been long walking so, you know she was …
GEMMA: She was late to walk, she was 17 months.
PAUL: Ya and it was yeah, she wasn’t one of these children to walk off, she would just walk, she plodded along. She was by my knees and she was only a dot, she’s only a tiny little thing you know and she was on my left hand side and we got 3 foot, 3 feet from the curb and I had Ace here, I transferred him into my right hand, then as I was doing that I bent down to say “daddies hand now, tight tight tight” and my head was like this and I could hear the noise of something and I looked up and I could see this vehicle coming toward us at such a rate and I screamed at the vehicle, I obviously can’t say on camera what I shouted , ummm.. to stop and realised there was nobody in it, let her hand go and grabbed her coat. I threw Ace into the road the vehicle then hit the wall ..umm.. the wall came down and the wall snatched..
GEMMA: You could move her quick enough.
PAUL: So I couldn’t throw her into the road quick enough. The wall took her from me. I can’t say any more.
GEMMA: I was in the retail park buying bedding (pause) such an insignificant thing to be doing and Paul rung me and I thought he said Terry which is Paul’s dad. So I come rushing up from the retail park to the scene where the wall fell expected it to be my father-in-law when it’s Pearl in the road. I got there before the ambulance and anything arrived.
Gemma crying: Ok no I can go on. (responding to interviewer) She wasn’t airlifted, that was widely reported. The air ambulance did come but she went by ambulance but she wasn’t airlifted. (some of this was unintelligible). They worked for ages.
PAUL: They worked on her at the scene for ages. She died in my arms, she died instantly from the incident that I had to drag her from. She was gone in my arms and I had to put her on the floor. But they took her then in the ambulance and we were in the police car that escorted the ambulance. And there was a crash team and all the staff were waiting at the hospital and then the doctor came through then and told us she was no longer with us which I knew anyway because of what I had seen and ..emm.. they proceeded to pump us full of Diazepam because we’re beside ourselves.
GEMMA: They kept Ace overnight for observation.
PAUL: They keep Ace in for obs. And we were all in the same bed together (long pause) through the night.
GEMMA: The staff at Prince Charles were absolutely amazing, they literally cordoned us off, wouldn’t let anyone in. They kept the chapel open for us ..(pause) open till midnight.
PAUL: (beginning is unintelligible, I think parroting Gemma on praising the hospital) between the births and the deaths of our children they’ve been amazing.
GEMMA: They kept the chapel open till midnight err.. didn’t want us to be on our own, they were really awesome.
PAUL: The kindness, the love, the spirit the general coming together of a community through such a tragic circumstance. Somebody actually compared it to Aberfan
GEMMA: (unintelligible) people who could have been from that era (Aberfan disaster). Phone calls from mothers of children who were killed in the Aberfan disaster. Saying “I couldn’t even image how you feel, we had each other. That this happened to your little girl and you’re on your own.” She knows lots of .. she is the same age as my mother. The mothers who lost children in the disaster. Like you know, we can’t even imagine how you are feeling. I went to the Carphone warehouse yesterday to start a phone contract and I had to sit on the floor in floods of tears cause a guy I knew from school I hadn’t seen him since asked me how many children I had instant. You know he didn’t know. I haven’t seen him since I was in school.
PAUL: I was in Kroger (?) getting some stuff for the shop err .. and a little girl coming round the corner in a pink coat pink boots pink hat, I said HIYA HIYA I literally screamed OMG and the mother must have been frightened and grabbed the girl and I had to run around the corner. I couldn’t cope with it and all the little girls the other day in Tesco (?) walking around in their Halloween costumes and stuff it ..I just with that birthday, Gemma said the other day the birthday it’s for hers, her first birthday. (unintelligible) wasn’t here but Christmas
GEMMA: it’s for everyone, it’s his first Christmas.
PAUL: Gotta be strong and entertaining as we can be. (Talking over each other)
GEMMA: It’s not going to shape his life we don’t want him to be the kid who’s sister died. You know he needs as much normality as possible and we are going to strive to do that as much as we can. Christmas is going to be horrendous but it’s not going to be horrendous for him.