Sheffield Independent – Monday 04 June 1888
Wilful Damage at a Conisbro’ Quarry.
On Saturday, at Doncaster. Bartholomew Prendergast, Thomas Tyrell; Joseph Flannery, Michael Lang, and Joseph Shaw, all of Denaby, were summoned for having done wilful damage to wagons at a quarry at Conisbro’, on April 29th.
Mr. Pawson appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Hall defended all but the lad Shaw.
The offence was committed at the North Cliff Quarry, Conisbro’. A wagon stood at the top of an incline 160 feet in length, one-in -five being the gradient. This wagon was set in motion, and dashed to the bottom, where another stood. The damage was estimated at £8.
The defendant Shaw gave evidence, acknowledging that he and the defendants were concerned in the offence.
Mr. Hall contended there was no case against his clients, as the unsupported evidence of an accomplice was insufficient.
Shaw was fined 40s., including costs, and the rest were discharged.