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POLICE COURT.

WIGTON.

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REFUSING TO MAINTAIN

A MOTHER.

At the Wigton Police Court on Tuesday, William CRICKET, of Netherton, Maryport, was charged with having refused to contribute towards the maintenance of his mother, Mary CRICKET, who has become chargeable to the common fund of the Wigton Union.

Mr. BENSON prosecuted, and stated that the defendant had had an order made upon him to contribute 1s 3d weekly toward the maintenance of his mother. The Guardians had allowed Mary CRICKET 2s 6d weekly, and one of her sons contributed 1s 3d towards that sum.

Defendant stated that he was not in a fit position to contribute towards the maintenance of his mother. He had had sickness in his family for the last 18 months, and all the property he owned was mortgaged. Defendant also stated that his mother was not in poor circumstance, and that she had lent his eldest brother money.

The Bench ordered defendant to pay 10s weekly.

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ASSAULTING THE POLICE.

Robert BRYCE, labourer, Wigton, was charged with having assaulted Police-constable MESSENGER in Coupland Square, Wigton, on the 13th inst.

Complainant stated that whilst he was taking the defendant into custody on a charge of being drunk he struck him in the breast and kicked him about the legs.

For being drunk and disorderly defendant was fined 5s and costs, or 14 days imprisonment with hard labour; and for the assault he was ordered to undergo another term of 14 days imprisonment with hard labour.

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ASSAULT.

John ROBINSON, labourer, Wigton, was charged with having assaulted William FREELEY on the 12th inst. Mr. LAWSON appeared on behalf of the complainant, and asked to have the case settled, as the defendant had paid a sum of money to the complainant. The Bench decided to dismiss the case.

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