LIBERTY PETTY SESSIONS SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Magistrates present. - Rev. W. S. Wade,
in the chair; Rev. Dr. Nicholson;
G. R. Marten and H.
H. Toulmin, Esqrs. and Captain Toulmin.
KILLING GAME WITHOUT A
William Stratton and George
Constable, of St Albans, brought up in custody by the
police, were charged with unlawfully killing a hare, on the lands
of Edward Browne, Esq., at Oaklands, in the Parish of
St Peter, on the 12th March; neither
having a game certificate.
Mr. Blagg appeared
for the prosecution.
Police-constable North, of
the Borough force said: On the morning of the 12th of March I saw
the two prisoners in "Gombards," each carrying a sack of
turnip tops. It was a quarter before seven o'clock. Stratton
passed me with a sack on his back, and carrying a hare from his
shoulder. Constable was a few
steps behind him. I followed them to Stratton's
house in the Dog Yard. When they got there Stratton
- when he saw me - took the hare off his shoulder and ran
upstairs. I then called to police-constable Randall,
who was in the Dog yard, and he came. For stealing the tops they
were sentenced, at this Court to one month's imprisonment, with
hard labour. After taking the prisoners to the station I went back
to look for the hare, and found it in Peacock's
house, next door but one. Mrs. Peacock
said it was brought by one of the Stratton's.
I believe the hare produced is the same one. It is tied the same
way, two legs together. Randall
and I took the boots off the two prisoners and traced the marks of
them very distinctly to Oaklands, by
Gombards, the Garden
Grange Fields, up the lane, across Bernards
Heath, over the
Cricket Ground, to the gate into Mr. Robert
field, across that to the white gate into and down Sand-pit
to Mr. Browne's turnip field
below Newgate. In the field where they filled their sacks with
turnip tops, we saw the footprints, and the appearance of a hare
being caught. The footprints of Stratton's
shoes were close to the place; every nail in the shoes fitted; and
there was a flick of a hare in the same place.
Stratton, in his defence,
said he picked up the hare in a dell on Bernards Heath.
said he had been watching the prisoners that morning, and
statement. He said, moreover, when Stratton
was before the Bench on the 12th March, he said to me "What
are you going to do with the hare?" I said "Is it
yours?" He said "Yes it is; I found it in Sand-pit
I kicked against it." Constable said: "When I saw Stratton
he said 1 have found a hare' He put it on his shoulder and said '
If anyone owns it they shall have it.' I asked him where he found
it? He said 'On Bernards Heath; I picked it up.'"
Mr. Deayton, the governor
of the goal, handed to the Bench an extract from his "Black
Book.," from which it appeared that Stratton
had been sentenced six times before and Constable twice. The
Chairman and the Bench were unanimously of opinion that they were
guilty; and sentenced them to pay a fine of £5 each, with £1 2s.
6d. costs. In default of payment they were sentenced to three
month's imprisonment with hard labour.