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Quarter Sessions Example - Huntingdonshire Michaelmas Sessions

Quarter Sessions Example - Huntingdonshire Michaelmas Sessions

HUNTINGDONSHIRE MICHAELMAS SESSIONS 1869

The Michaelmas Quarter Sessions for the county of Huntingdon commenced at the Shire Hall on Monday. There were present - P. Tillard Esq. (Vice Chairman); Lord Sherard; D. Herbert, G. M. Heathcote, W. Ward, A. Sperling, J. Rust, G. Rust, G. Thornhill, and G. J. Rust, Esqrs.; and Rev. A. F. Stopford.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.

VISITING JUSTICES' REPORT

The Visiting Justices reported that the conduct of the prisoners had been good and orderly. The number committed during the past quarter shows a decrease of 5, as compared with the corresponding period of last year. There was a decrease in the gaol bills 22l 3s 3d for the past quarter on comparison. The daily average cost of maintenance was 4¼d, showing a decrease of ¼d in the September quarter of 1869. The mat making account showed a net profit of 37l 12s 2d, leaving a balance of 7l 2s 6d in the treasurer's hands. There is a large quantity of mats on hand, and there is difficulty in disposing of them.

Mr. hulme, the Governor, in answer to a question, said the new well at the gaol would hold double the quantity of water of the old one, and when wet weather came he believed they would have a good supply.

GAOLER'S REPORT

The Gaoler repoerted that the prison rules of 1865 had been carried out with regard to the prisoners. There had been an increase in all divisions of committals, and the number of prisoners in custody was - males 46, females 4, total 50. At this date last year there were 65 males, 4 females - total 60 (sic).

CHAPLAIN'S REPORT

The Chaplain, the Rev. H. A. Maule, reported that everything connected with his department had proceeded in a very satisfactory manner. The usual services had been held, and the prisoners visited separately.

SURGEON'S REPORT

The surgeons of the gaol (Messrs. Foster and Lucas) reported that the health of the prisoners during the past quarter had been very good. There had been no severe cases of illness and but few of slight indisposition. The only case requiring notice was that of William Ayres, who had made a determined attempt upon his life in the police cell before admission, and was immediately removed to the hospital ward under the care of the attendants.
The CHAIRMAN said he discovered that they objected to admit prisoner into an asylum, he being of defective mind, as he was a criminal lunatic.

Mr. SPERLING suggested that the Chairman write to the Home Secretary, and recommend that a pardon should be granted him, and then he could be sent to Arelsey (sic).
Mr. J. RUST said the asylum was being enlarged, and there would shortly be plenty of room for such cases. He saw no reason why they should not take him.


CRIMINAL BUSINESS
TUESDAY


[Before P. Tillard, Esq., Deputy Chairman]
The following magistrates were present - J.M Heathcote, D. Herbert, W. Ward, G. Thornhill, P. Brown, A. Sperling, and G. J. Rust, Esqrs., Revds. B.H. Puckle, A.F. Stopford, and G.J. Johnstone.

The Grand Jury was coomposed as follows:-
G.W. Brown, Houghton (Foreman); W. Barton, Woodhurst; C. Daintree, Pidley; R. F. Earl, Fenstanton; G, Emery, Fenstanton; S.W. Ekins, Oldhurst; E. Fyson, Woodhurst; T. Inskip, Fenstanton; T. King, St. Ives; F. Marshall, St. Ives; W. Nix, jun., Somersham; T. Nix, Somersham; R. O. Odams, Fenstanton; W. Ringrow; B.H. Rowell, Hurst; W.P. Toller, Houghton; J. Ulph, St. Ives; W. Wilson, Fenstanton; R. Wise, St. Ives.
The usual preliminaries having been completed the CHAIRMAN deluvered a very brief charge to the Grand Jury, calling their attention to two cases in the calendar, and dismissed them to their duties.

Uttering Base Coin at Huntingdon
Hector Mills, 30, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with uttering counterfeit coins last July, and was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment.

Stealing High Tops at Sawtry
James Buck, 29, labourer, pleaded guilty to stealing one pair of high tops, at Sawtry, in August last. Several previous convictions were proved against the prisoner, and he was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude.

Embezzlement at Huntingdon
Theophilus Cunnington, 27, a labourer, pleaded guilty to two indictments charging him with embezzling various sums amounting to about 19l, the property of his masters, J. Jenkins & Son, of Huntingdon, during the present year. Witnesses were called as to character, and the Court sentenced him to be imprisoned for the space of 6 calendar months, hard labour.

Watch Robbery at Huntingdon
John Cook, 67, described as a clerk, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing from the shop of Robert Hardwick, Huntingdon, three silver watches, value 8l 3s 6d, on the 23rd September. Three months hard labour.

Stealing Print &c. at St. Ives
Elisabeth Haynes, 21, pleaded guilty to stealing 45 yards of print and other articles from the shop of Henry Baker, St. Ives on the 1st September. Six months imprisonment.

Housebreaking at Ramsey
William Smith,23, labourer, George Savage, 27, and Thomas Dilley, 50, also labourers, pleaded not guilty to a charge of feloniously breaking into the house of Ann Behagg, at Ramsey, with intent to steal goods on the 2nd October. Mr. Byles prosecuted; prisoners were undefended. Smith 15 months, and the other two 9 months each.

Receiving Stolen Property at St. Ives
Harriet Whittlesea, married, was charged with receiving stolen goods from the prisoner Haynes, at St. Ives. She pleaded not guilty. Dr. abdy prosecuted and Mr. Naylor defended. Several prisoners gave the prisoner a good character. The jury acquitted the prisoner on the first of two charges, and guilty on the other. She was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment.

The Court did not rise until 6 o'clock.