An Old Offender

July 1879

Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 11.

An Old Offender.

Joseph Thompson, Conisbrough, was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

PC Crow stated that at 11 o’clock on the night of the 29th ult. He was on duty at Harlington, when he heard someone shouting this in the village, and going in that direction. He discovered that the defendant, who was accompanied by two men, was the offender. He was very drunk and was using improper language. After a good deal of persuasion had been used he went in the direction of home.

PC Munro confirmed this statement, adding that the defendant created a great disturbance in the village.

Defendant said he had resolved to turn over a new leaf; and indeed for the last six months he had not drunk more than two glasses of beer a day. He denied that he was drunk on the night in question.

Superintendent Sykes was anxious to give the defendants a fair opportunity of mending his ways if he was so disposed, and asked the magistrates to deal leniently with him.

A fine of 11 shillings and costs was imposed

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