Beckett v. VenablesEdit
On the evening of October 6, 1749, Lord Josef Grau, Swiss Duke of Jura and British Foreign Secretary, was on a diplomatic envoy mission to Coppenhagen. Lord Grau was promptly visited in his personal chambers by Rose Beckett, Queen-Consort of Spain. He was informed by her that his death had been ordered by Danish Statsminister, Sir Rickard Venables. She claimed that Grau's replacement of Venables as Grandmaster of the Templar Order had fueled this hit.
Grau was promptly stabbed in the abdomen by Rose Beckett in the Danish Royal Palace, but only suffered minor injuries. Swiss General, Sir Jon Kroshbon, was ordered to find and arrest Rose Beckett, which he did, and then Sir Rickard Venables, which he also did.
The two defendants were set to be tried on the evening of October 12, 1749, in Castle Koniz.
- Chief Justice - His Majesty, King Alexander
- Justice - Sir Jon Kroshbon
- Justice - Sir Rayne Kroshbon
- Bailiff - Brigadier General Antoin Herman
- Defendant - Sir Richard Venables
- Barrister - the defendant
- Defendant - Lady Rose Beckett
- Barrister - Sir Edmond Stark
Sir Edmond Stark, the barrister for Rose Beckett, attempted to plead not guilty for reason of insanity. However, a professional evaluation by Lord Johnny Goldtimbers left the plea deal useless. Beckett entered into another plea deal as she pleaded guilty of assault and attempted manslaughter. She was sentenced to 3 months in Witzwil Prison, with the possibility of early release/parole.
Sir Richard was cleared of all charges on the grounds that not enough suitable evidence was amassed against him.