Heartless Bigamy at Conisborough

May 1901

Mexborough and Swinton Times May 10th.

Heartless bigamy at Conisborough.

Arthur William Leeton, confectioner, aged 31, pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy.

Mr Walter Beverly, who prosecuted characterised the offence as one of the worst cases of bigamy he had ever known.

Prisoner, he said, was married in 1892 and lived with his wife for three years, after which the furniture was sold for rent, his wife returned to her parents with one child, and prisoner deserted her.

Some 18 months ago prisoner became engaged to Fanny Midgley, daughter of a West Riding policeman. Under promise of marriage, he seduced this young woman, and on September 9 last they were married at Conisborough.

Shortly afterwards he began to ill treat her, and she had to leave him, when her father made enquiries, which led to the prosecution.

Prisoner had done nothing to support either his legitimate wife and child, or the young woman he afterwards married, and her child.

The prisoner,who wasvery dejected, on been spoken to by the judge, said he had nothing to say.

His Lordship said he was unquestionably a very great scoundrel, and had committed a very grave offence, and taken advantage of a woman, under false pretences. He earned quite plenty to keep him comfortably. However, it was his duty to prevent him for a time committing such an offence, and he could not do less than pass a sentence of 15 months, with hard Labour.

Prisoner received the sentence unmoved, and was at once removed.

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