NOT GUILTY

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I, Jack Merridew, the defendant, stand here and speak the truth to prove that I am innocent of attempting to murder Ralph, the plaintiff, and influencing the boys to kill Simon and Piggy. By definition attempted murder is a conscience attempt upon another person’s life. Let me also add that an individual is not controlled by another individual.
Now, on the accusations regarding the plaintiff, I am innocent. As I mentioned, attempted murder is a conscience attempt upon another person’s life. The boys and I were content with our way of life, and we did not need Ralph’s interference on our side of the island. It all happened when Ralph interrupted us. I shouted a warning, "You go away Ralph. This is my end and my tribe. You leave me alone." (p.176) He did not heed my warning and continued to interrupt, so I had to protect my interests. Eventually a brawl arose. I defended myself and unintentionally cut Ralph as our spears locked together. ‘My spear slid down his spear and cut him on accident.’ (p.177) In a situation like this, Ralph’s spear could have easily slipped down and cut me instead.
An individual is not controlled by another individual. As for influencing the boys to kill Simon and Piggy, the boys were uncontrollable. On the night that Simon died, we were having a feast while "a thing came crawling out the forest. It came darkly, uncertainly." (p.152) The boys, especially the littluns, were so terrified, they thought Simon was the beast, so they attacked with the thought of killing the beast not Simon. Ralph was at that incident as well. He was one of us.
As for Piggy, the rock that struck Piggy was not launched by my hand. The boys were bright enough to act on their own. "Roger started throwing rocks from atop the castle while his other hand was still on the lever where he leaned all his weight on" (p.180) without my order. I cannot influence my men while trying to defend myself from Ralph who invaded my territory.
Now, ladies and gentlemen of the jury my life is now in your hands. I am an innocent man who defended my interests and was unjustly blamed for influencing my men to kill Piggy and Simon. They acted by their own will, not by mine. I trust you will do your job and release these charges placed upon me.