THE COURTS, CARLISLE. - SATURDAY
(Before T. HORROCKS, Esq., Chairman, R. S. FERGUSON, Esq., T. H. PARKER,
Esq., G. H. DIXON, Esq., and R. H. HORROCKS, Esq.)
POACHING AT RICKERBY.
Thomas ARMSTRONG, of Rickergate, and William FORSTER, of Blackfriars Street,
were charged with trespassing on land at Rickerby, belonging to Mr.
MacINNES, on the 10th inst. - Mr. CLARKE prosecuted.
P. C. MARSHALL proved the charge. He noticed the defendants at the
riverside, and saw them go to a field and “work” about some rabbit holes. He went up
to them, and they said they were trying to get out a ferret they had seen at
the holes. Subsequently the defendants went to the gamekeeper with Mr.
MacINNES and asked them to let them off, and told them the ferret was at a certain
part of the field. LITTLE, the gamekeeper, went down and got the ferret.
Fined 5s and costs each.
THEFT OF POTATOES.
John DAVIDSON, South Street, lately steward with Captain FARRER, Botcherby,
was charged with stealing a large quantity of potatoes at various times
between November 1879 and the 19th March last, the property of Captain FARRER of
Mr. Superintendent SEMPILL prosecuted, and Mr. ERRINGTON represented the
prisoner. The case has been several times before the court.
Jane LOWTHIAN, Greystone, said she was an out worker on Captain FARRER’s
farm. During the end of last year she took quantities from four to five stones
to various persons in and around Botcherby. She guessed at the weight. She
always got orders from the prisoner where to take the potatoes, and she never
received money on delivering them. She had delivered quantities of potatoes to
persons living at Botcherby up to the middle of last month.
Eight or nine witnesses gave evidence to the effect that they received
potatoes from Jane LOWTHIAN, and that they paid the prisoner for them.
Mr. SEMPILL said there was also a charge against the prisoner for stealing
several cartloads of hay and straw, and as the witness LOWTHIAN could give
evidence on that charge, he asked the Bench if her examination would be taken
that day or deferred?
Mr. ERRINGTON contended there was only the charge of stealing potatoes
before the Court.
Mr. SEMPILL said the prisoner had been charged with stealing the hay and
straw that morning. The Bench thought it would be advisable to finish the charge
of the potatoes first.
Mr. G. H. DIXON, who took no part in deciding the case, said he was agent
for Captain FARRER, and the prisoner was engaged to superintend the work at the
farm at Botcherby. His instructions were to sell a cart load or two of
potatoes in the market at Carlisle now and again, but there was no authority given
him to sell potatoes anywhere else. The prisoner had not accounted for any
money received from the witnesses who had stated they paid him for potatoes
received by them.
Mr. ERRINGTON said the prisoner pleaded guilty, and he pointed out that the
Bench had the power to deal with the case under the Summary Jurisdiction Act.
He asked the Bench to take into consideration the fact that the prisoner had
been a long time in the service of Mr. DIXON, and that up to that unfortunate
affair he had borne a good character.
The Chairman announced that the Bench had decided to deal with the case. It
was clear the prisoner was guilty of a breach of trust, and he would be sent
to prison for four months, with hard labour.
THE COURTS, CARLISLE. - SATURDAY