The Federation Press

The Prosecution of Peter Pumpkin-Eater


Peter, Peter Pumpkin-Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
and there he kept her very well
- Or did he?

Have you ever wondered what became of poor Peter Pumpkin-Eater? Well, he was charged with falsely imprisoning his wife in a pumpkin shell. This is the story of his trial, a gripping account of a criminal prosecution with rollicking legal anecdotes to enjoy. See the legal process through the eyes of this troublesome defendant, Peter Pumpkin-Eater, as he moves from police interview to barrister’s conference and onto the trial.

Peter protests his innocence through his gallant, yet somewhat naïve, solicitor, Molly Mouthpiece. Add to this the antics and foibles of such legal characters as Billy Baldface (the inept Barrister), Johnny Goodfellow (the very good Barrister) and Perry Pelican (the melancholy Magistrate) as the unique intricacies of the case unfold.

This new book will a great gift for legal practitioners as well as students.


This short, beautifully constructed book and witty book provides the reader ... with a humorous yet educating look at the legal process from the perspective of the fictitious Peter Pumpkin-Eater. Readers will appreciate the satire, find humour in the uncanny familiarity of the characters, reminisce on their childhood nursery rhymes, and become intrigued by the story ...
Students of the law and solicitors alike will benefit from this easy read as it guides them through the legal process, from police interview to barrister’s conference and finally to trial. Along the way Hunt raises ethical issues, identifies and discusses rules of evidence and provides a striking contrast between levels of professional competency. ...
We are entertained by the antics of the parties to the proceedings and by the satire ... a unique, informative and entertaining book which ... is highly recommended. - Thomas Donnelly, Newcastle Law Review

Table of Contents

The Police Interview
The Solicitor’s Office
The Call Over
The Plea of Guilty
The First Barrister’s Conferences
The Second Barrister’s Conference
Mrs Pumpkin-Eater’s Evidence in Chief
The Cross-Examination of Mrs Pumpkin-Eater
The ‘No Case’ Submission
The Start of Peter Pumpkin-Eater’s Evidence
The Short Adjournment
The Conclusion of Peter Pumpkin-Eater’s Evidence in Chief
The Cross-Examination of Peter Pumpkin-Eater
The Submissions and the Verdict
The Aftermath

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