THE TIMES, Thursday, July 24, 1884

Before the RIGHT HON., the PRESIDENT, and a Jury)

This was a suit by WILLIAM SKELTON, an officer of the Inland Revenue, for the dissolution of his marriage with MARY JANE SKELTON on the ground of her adultery with WILLIAM BELL, an hotel proprietor.  The petitioner also claimed damages.

MR. INDERWICK, Q.C., and MR. BEAUFORT appeared for the petitioner;  MR. BAYFORD, for the respondent;  MR. SEARLE for the co-respondent.

The petitioner and respondent were married in March 1872, and they afterwards lived at Brampton, in Cumberland, where the co-respondent carried on business.  Evidence having been given to support the charge in the petition, the respondent and the co-respondent entered the witness-box and denied that they had misconducted themselves.

MRS. SKELTON explained visits paid by her at the co-respondent's hotel by saying that she went there to visit her sister on occasions, when, as it now appeared, a guilty object was attributed to her.

It was admitted that MR. and MRS. SKELTON had been on terms of intimacy with MR. BELL, but some of the meetings between the respondent and the co-respondent, now relied on by the petitioner, occurred after the petitioner and the respondent separated, in pursuance of the terms of a deed of separation.

The jury found that the respondent and the co-respondent had committed adultery, and assessed damages at £ 50.

The PRESIDENT pronounced a decree nisi with costs.