Completely unable to recall the duration of messing

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completely unable to recall the duration of ‘messing about’ and one in which he easily supplied a duration, became: Everything was ok at first the man was asking if I was OK and we were all laughing and joking About ½ hour later Kevin and Terry and the man were messing around How different this summary would have been if it had been accompanied by a note, mentioning its origins, or if it had been narrated in the third person, with some recognition of the dialogue which spawned it. Use of a reporting style which acknowledges the textual processes which are used in producing witness statements would be more honest, it would enable interviewers to step outside their positioning as mouthpiece and act as scribe, more realistically. It would also allow more completeness than the current style, uncertainty and indeed certainty could be noted and evaluated. Here, for example, the witness sounds relatively certain of the duration spent at the man’s house before fighting began. This certainty is manifest in that he uses the formulation “good half hour”, suggesting that he is certain of having spent at least half an hour, and reiterates, “a good half an hour”, perhaps to add emphasis, yet this certainty is not apparent in the statement. Instead, in the statement “½ hour” is prefaced by “about”, “about” has been used to preface many of the times presented in the statement and it is used here too, despite the witnesses relative certainty in this instance. Conventionally, “a good half hour” is taken to mean something like “at least half an hour, possibly longer” yet this certainty is also omitted from the statement. If the officer had been provided with a voice of his own in the statement, rather than simply being lent the voice of the witness, he could have conveyed these finer points, had he felt that they were important. Alternatively and ideally, if the witness had been truly provided with his own voice these things could be clarified. 5.5 Time 5 – Duration of time spent “pushing” Time was also quantified in the final statement in relation to the duration of “pushing”: they began to push each other for about 3 minutes I was looking back and forward while talking to the girls and I heard them begin to argue From version 2: 1 2 W um (.) Kegs was pushing the m- the man and I was pushing Terry and just st- going on like that
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3 I (.) how long did that go on for 4 W say about phhh bout 3 minutes 5 I what were you doing while this was going on 6 7 W I was just looking back and forward to see (.) if they ((were)) gonna start fighting (2.5) I was talking to the girls at the same time From version 3: 1 2 3 4 I (.) Kegs was pushing the man and the man was pushing (.) Terry and this went on for about 3 minutes [sniffs] you were looking backwards and forwards and talking to the girls hhh when they began to argue could you hear what they were arguing about = 5 W = nah I weren’t really (.) listening Again, we see expression of some uncertainty when the witness first suggests “3 minutes” as the possible duration of pushing (line 4, version 2).
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