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By Peter Pringle

Law and justice usually are not continuously one and an identical. at the 27 November 1980, Peter Pringle waited in an Irish court docket to listen to the subsequent phrases: 'Peter Pringle, for the crime of capital homicide ... the legislations prescribes just one penalty, and that penalty is death.' the matter used to be that Peter didn't devote this crime. dealing with a sentence of loss of life by way of striking, Peter sought the internal energy and backbone to outlive. whilst his sentence used to be replaced to 40 years with out remission he got down to end up his innocence. Fifteen years later, he's ultimately a loose guy. this can be his tale.

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M. m. for the night. m. m. when we could not use the yard because that’s when the ‘screws’ (as jailers were called) went for their tea. Our outdoor exercise was in the prison yard attached to D Wing. There was a wall around the yard with barbed wire on top. We could see the very high outer wall beyond, and there was a wide passageway in between the two walls patrolled by jailers. We had our own elected authority, an OC (officer commanding) and his staff, and we refused to deal with or acknowledge the prison authorities except through them.

The priest sometimes gave me a shilling after mass and that was a mighty bonus as far as I was concerned, considering that I could get in to the cinema for six pence and the Saturday matinée for four pence. ‘Any oul rags, bottles, or bones? ’ called out the ragman as he came into our street with his horse and cart. We loved seeing him come, and we would run to our houses to see if we could get anything for him. ‘Mum! ’ ‘Get out of that and don’t be annoying me, there’s nothing for that old fella unless I give him the rags off my own back!

I swore each of them to secrecy and on Saturday set off on my own, my parents still believing I was to join up with the two lads down the road. The first day I hitched to Bansha in County Tipperary. I walked to the hostel at Ballydavid Wood and stayed there that night, and in the morning I walked to Bansha for Mass. The priest gave a long sermon, his theme being ‘Do unto others as you would they do to you’. On the walk back to the hostel it began to rain heavily. A car came along and I tried to hitch a lift.

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