LIBERTY PETTY SESSIONS
Before W H
Solly, Rev W S
Wade, T Kinder
William North, 27,
Joseph Stratton, 31 and George
were charged with poaching in the River Ver on the 15th inst., in
the water of Charles Woollam, Esq., and taking by a net trout of
the value of 5s.
People mentioned: Mr Annesley, for the
defendants; Thomas Mason, Joseph
Bishop, John Johnson, employees of
Charles Woollam; Skinner - a fourth man with the defendants; Mr
Blagg, lawyer in court; Mr North, brother of
William North; Mrs Stone, sister-in-law to
Mr Deayton, the governor of the gaol, said he could hardly tell
how often Stratton had been before the magistrates, as not knowing
he would be prosecuted that day, he had not brought his books.
However the defendant had been convicted between 20 and 30 times.
… Stratton as an old offender, was then fined in the full
penalty of £5, and 9s 6d costs, with the alternative of three
month's imprisonment with hard labour. …