Alas. The murder trial that suggested we might see a parrot take to the witness box has concluded before our feathered friend could even warm up his vocal chords.

Obiter remembers the Michigan case of Bud, the all seeing, all knowing African grey who allegedly mimicked the final utterances of its murdered owner: ‘Don’t f***ing shoot!’

Despite much hype around the world, Bud, whose foul-mouthed pleas were thought to be an indication that he witnessed the murder and could prove to be the decisive witness, was never called to the stand.

Glenna Durham, wife to murdered Martin, has been found guilty of shooting her husband five times, reports the BBC.