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Topic: Asia (02/26/09)
TITLE: Watchman Neil
By Melanie Kerr
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Time: 8.30 am.
Present at Interview: PC Martins, PC Galbraith and the accused Neil Watchman
Recorded for the purposes of training? No
PC Martins and PC Galbraith responded to a call at 6.30 am. The caller was a Mrs Abrahams of 24, Cook Avenue. She reported that a youth was trying to break into a number of cars in the car parking space opposite her home.
On arrival at the scene, the youth was apprehended. PC Galbraith gave the cars an initial inspection and reported that there didn’t appear to be any signs of tampering. PC Galbraith also made mention that there was something unusual about the windscreens of the cars nearest the intersection of Cook Avenue and MacIntosh Road.
The youth, Neil Watchman was taken to the Hilton/Milton Area office for questioning.
The contents in his pockets were noted and bagged.
1 set of house keys
1 stick of chewing gum
1 used football stadium ticket stub
Coins to the value of £3.57p
I surprisingly clean handkerchief
1 mobile phone
1 pocket sized edition of the New Testament (New International Version)
1 car windscreen scraper
1 tin of de-icer
We read Neil Watchman (15) his rights, reminding him that he had the right to remain silent. We also gave him the chance to call a lawyer, which he refused. The phone-call he was given was made to a Pastor Jonathan Frost.
When asked to account for his actions, Watchman repeated a story he had heard in church. The story can’t be substantiated seeing as the person mentioned in the story is deceased, but Galbraith accessed the internet and the details are recorded on a 573,790 different pages.
Watchman told us about one Watchman Nee, born Nee Shu-Tsu in Fowchow in China. He was listed as being a teacher, preacher, missionary in China and he author of many books.
In one of his sermons, Watchman Nee, made reference to a fellow Chinese believer who lived in China, in the rural part of the country where there are rice fields. Each morning he spent a lot of time pumping water from the river to his rice field at the top of the hill. Returning to the field, later on in the day, he discovered that a neighbour had opened the sluice gates and all the water drained out of the top field, into his neighbour’s field. This lack of neighbourly love was maintained for a week or two and the Chinese believer asked politely for the neighbour to stop. PC Galbraith was heard to utter a mild expletive at this point, and graphically described what he would have done to the neighbour. I reminded him that we were in the presence of a minor.
As he was getting nowhere arguing with the neighbour, the Chinese believer took it upon himself to do something. He rose an hour earlier and pumped the water up to his own field, and then pumped up the water to his neighbour’s field.
PC Galbraith asked Watchman what the story had to do with his breaking into cars at 6.30 in the morning.
Watchman insisted that he hadn’t broken into any cars. Pastor Jonathan Frost had challenged them at church on Sunday to think of ways that the congregation could serve their neighbours in the spirit of Watchman Nee. There was a definite tone of sarcasm (not in the spirit of Watchman Nee in PC Galbraith’s opinion stated later) that in the absence of rice fields, Watchman needed to be a little more creative in thinking how he could serve his neighbours.
The heavy frost provided the opportunity. Watchman purchased the windscreen wiper and the tin of de-icer from a local supermarket. (Till receipt produced as proof of purchase). He says he set his alarm for 5.30 am. His intentions were to clear the windscreens of ice before proceeding to school for the rest of the day.
PC Galbraith was heard to utter a second expletive and admitted to being an idiot for not seeing it sooner. The windscreens had been cleared of ice.
Watchman was released without charge.
PC Galbraith was heard to say that he preferred kids to just hang around street corners.
PC Martins has asked permission to have Sunday off. He would quite like to go to church and find out more about people like Watchman Nee and those he inspired like Watchman Neil…oops Neil Watchman.
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