Drunk on Licensed Premises

May 1881

Mexborough and Swinton Times, May 6.

Drunk on Licensed Premises

at Conisborough on Good Friday.

William Wright, a glassblower, of Conisborough, was charged with being drunk during prohibited powers on Good Friday at the Eagle and Child Inn at that village.

Defendant said he went into the public house, walked upstairs, and sat himself in a room with several other chaps and half a dozen prostitutes from Doncaster, all of whom had drink before the. No question was asked him when he went in.

Superintendent sites: the landlord will tell your worships quite a different story.

The landlord stated that he had a man station at the front door, whose duty it was to see that no one enters the house, except in those such had come the requisite distance.

The (watcher) happened to leave the door for a few minutes and during his absence, the defendant came into the house. He had only been in a few minutes when witness saw him, and ordered him out, along with two mamma. The men did as he ordered them, but defending, after stepping a yard or two, swore at him, and refused to leave. He then ejected him. As soon as the man got outside, he picked up two large stones, which he would have thrown out the window, but for the man at the door stopping him.

Arthur Mooney, the doorkeeper, corroborated.

Lord Auckland, said the bench consider this was a case in which they ought to inflict upon the defendant a more severe penalty than was inflicted upon the men brought before them on the previous week. The landlord appeared to have done his utmost to conform to the law as required the management of his house, and when Publicans did this the magistrates must protect them.

The defendant was fined 20 shillings and 19 shillings costs.

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