Periodically our newspapers publish photographs of people charged with serious offences, standing in the dock alongside one and sometimes two court security officers.

I’d wager heavily that in 90% of the cases, if one showed the photographs of the accused and officer, or officers, cut off at the shoulders to hide the officers’ uniforms, then showed them to say 500 Zambians, Belgians or whatever and ask them to pick the villain, 99% would on appearance grounds opt for the officer.

It would seem that qualification for this role is having heinously criminal visage.

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