Damaging Mown Grass at Conisborough.

August 1881

Mexborough and Swinton Times, August 12.

Damaging Mown Grass at Conisborough.

Eliza Palmer, of Denaby, Thomas Higgins, Collier of Denaby and William Miller, fitter, of Conisborough, were charged with doing damage.

Police Constable Guylee deposed to serving summonses upon Higgins and Miller, who did not appear.

Edward Watts, watchman to Mr Kilner, of Conisborough, deposed that on Friday the 29th
ult at 2:30 pm he saw the defendant Palmer in the lowe grounds and underhills belonging to his master. It was mowing grass in which she was walking. She did damage to the amount of 6d (2.5p)

George Shaw corroborated.

The girl said she did not walk through the grass. It was all mown; and there was no trespass board up.

Watts further deposed that on the third inst at three o’clock in the morning he saw the defendant Higgins trespassing in a field belonging to Mr Kilner. The defendant Miller, was also in the same field at six o’clock on that day. Each did damage to the amount of 6d. The men appeared to be in search of mushrooms.

Mr S.S. Blackburne, who appeared on behalf of the prosecution, stated that Mr Kilner was subjected to great annoyance day after day by persons who went to his fields in search of mushrooms.

The girl Palmer was dismissed with a caution, as the bench did not consider that she had done the amount of damage complained of.

Higgins and Palmer were each fined 1s, to pay 6d and 14s 6d costs, Lord Auckland, expressing the hope that it would be a caution to other people.

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