IN SEARCH OF RABBITS
William Paul (the younger),
Joshua Impey (otherwise Joshua Smith) and William Baron, of Sandridge,
were charged with having, on the 2nd inst., trespassed on
Mr Annesley appeared for the
defendant Smith. Paul did not appear.
Police-constable Camp proved
the service of the summons on Paul the younger.
Mr Jacob Reynolds: I live at
Cross-examined: I was about
three hundred yards off when I first saw them, and then about one
hundred and fifty yards off. I recognized five in the road. Smith was
one of them. I found a ferret and three nets. The ferret belongs to a
man called Johnson. It might be one hundred and fifty yards off from
the men when I saw them fereting. I had not seen the men together
William Mynall, in the service
of Mr Reynolds, gave corroborative evidence. There were near a dozen
men at the rabbit hole. I stayed in the road while my master went up.
I afterwards saw the defendants in the road after they came out of the
Mr Annesley addressed the
Bench for Smith, and contended that it was not proved that defendant
was trespassing in the search of rabbits. The defendant was a man of
good character, and had never been charged with any offence before.
The defendant had not been proved to be a particibus criminis. The
mere fact of finding the defendant in the company of these men without
his being seen to do anything was not sufficient to justify a
Mr Smith said he had known the
defendant Baron eight years, and had employed him twelve months. He
gave him an excellent character.
Paul was convicted in the full penalty of £2 and 10s expenses, or two months imprisonment; and Baron and Smith were each fined 10s and 10/6 expenses, or one month's imprisonment in default
For more information on Hammonds Farm see Hammonds Farm and Eylotts, Sandridge, 19th/20th Century
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