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CHARGE AGAINST AN ELLESMERE PORT PUBLICAN. 0 THE MAGISTRATES DISAGREE. John James, landlord of the Sportsman's Arms, Ellesmere Port, was summoned at Chester Castle Petty Sessions, on Saturday, for supplying intoxicating liquor to William Oakes, while the latter was in a drunken condition. Mr. E. S. Giles defended. Supt. McDonald stated that on Bank Holiday, Aug. 2nd, Sergt. Fowler and P.C. Wait visited the Sportsman's Arms and they found William Oakes standing drunk by the bar, with a pint glass containing beer by him. There were eight or ten people in the bar at the time. The sergeant called the land- lord's attention to the matter, and told him he should report him.—Sergeant Fowler, in his evidence, said they visited the Sportsman's Arms at a quarter past five in the afternoon. When witness called the landlord's attention to Oakes' condition, the landlord said Well, I don't think he is so bad, but it is time he is going." Defendant there- fore put the glass of beer under the counter, and ordered Oakes out. Cross-examined Witness admitted that Oakes' ordinary appear- ance was against him, as he had a red nose. (Laughter.) He came to the conclusion that Oakes was drunk because the pupils of his eyes were dull, he was flushed in the face, could not hold the glass of beer in his hand steadily, and could not walk straight, while he also stammered in his speech. -P.C. Wait corroborated. Mr. Giles, for the defence, contended that Oakes was not drunk, and he asked the Bench to find that the police had made a mistake. On this day Oakes had been working in the hay field, and the only drink he had had from shortly after nine o'clock in the morning to 3.45 in the afternoon was the third of a quart of beer. In view of the near approach of the Brewster Sessions, the case was one of some importance, and he asked the bench to give his client the benefit of the doubt, if there was any doubt in the case.—Defendant then gave evidence. He stated that Oakes had two pints of beer in his house, and he was having another half- pint when the police came. Oakes entered his house about four o'clock. He was perfectly sober when he left the house. Oakes' appearance was against him, and he had been working in the broiliug sun, which made his eyes bad.—James Tudor, labourer, Whitby, who had been working with Oakes in the hay field, said all the beer they had was one quart between three.-John Millett, labourer, Whitby, was at the Sportsman's Arms on the day in question, and he gave it as his opinion that Oakes could walk straight, and was perfectly sober.—George Hibbert and Richard Davies, both labourers, Ellesmere Port, corroborated.—Oakes was then called into court for the magistrates' inspection, and he certainly had a ruddy countenance.—After the Bench had retired for a few minutes, the Chairman (Mr. Trelawny) said the magistrates were not agreed, and therefore the case was dismissed. There were two one way and two the other.— After this decision the police withdrew a summons against Oakes for being drunk.— James Gilbert, labourer, Capenhurst, was next accused of being drunk on the same day in the Sportman's Arms. P.S. Fowler found defen- dant drunk in the house, and the landlord on having his attention called to the matter said the man had had no drink in his house. Defendant now stated that he had not had any drink in the Sportsman's Arms. After corro- borative evidence by P.C. Wait, defendant was fined 5s. and costs-14s. 6d. in all.

WREXHAM TOWN COUNCIL. 0

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