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Criminal Business. ARSON AT PEMBROKE. Michael Cartwright and John William Thomas, seamen, of the torpedo gunboat "Spanker," were jointly charged with setting fire to a stack of hay, the property of John Thomas Cadogan. of Nash, Pembroke, on November 25th, 1903. The Grand Jury returned "no true bill" against Thomas, and he was discharged. Mr. Ivor Bowen (instructed by Mr. R. D. Gilbertson) prosecuted. He said prisoner, with the other sailor, slept under the hay stack dur- ing the night, the hay being situated near the road from Pembroke to Milton. Two men dressed in sailors' clothes were seen leaving the vicinity of the rick, which then burst into flames. The evidence of John Thomas Cadogan, John Thomas, and Edward Cadogan, of Nash, gave their evidence, which was reported after the magisterial hearing, and will be fresh in the minds of cur readers. P.S. James also repeated the statement, made by the prisoner when in custody. Prisoner went into the box. and denied that he set the hay on fire purposely. The fire must have originated accidently through his dropning the match when he lighted his pipe. Cross-examined: The statement he made to the Police Sergeant was not true. The jury returned a verdict of guilty. Mr. Ivor Bowen handed in the certificate of prisoner's cnaraeter, and remarked that it was a very good one. The Jr.dge, in passing sentence, said prisoner] had been properly convicted, and therefore the statement he made to the police was accurate to that extent. It was not accurate in another particular, which was that he would get 18 months, because that would be too much as prisoner was a man of previous good character. The sentence, however, must be a substantial one. In consideration of the fact that he had been in prison since November 25th, he would now be sentenced to five months' nard labour. MILFORD BIGAMIST DISCHARGED. Hersey William Nickman (47), fisherman, of Milford Haven, was charged with bigamously marrying Florence Osborne whilst his wife was alive. -f-n1'X,:P"IIIi[ "\O,O:¡;2'W' Mr. Marlay Samson (instructed by Mr. H. J. E. Price) prosecuted, and Mr. Ivor Bowen (in- structed by Mr. W. J. Jones) defended. Amy Lawrence, wife of Harry Lawrence, of 22, Daisy Dale, Boston, Lincolnshire, said her maiden name was Burrage, and she had a sister named Annie Francis Burrage, who was married to prisoner at Gorle.ston Church on January 15th, 1887. Witness was present at the marriage. She saw her sister alive three weeks ago. Examined: She was aware that prisoner parted with his wife soon after the marriage, and had remained apart ever since. She also admitted that her sister was living with another man at Gorleston. Florence Osborne, widow, 17, Trafalgar Road, Milford Haven, said she had known prisoner for about five years. He lodged with her about three months, and then proposed marriage^and they were married at Milford Church on Octo- ber 5th, 1903. They lived together until re- cently there was no issue of the marriage. When he married her he said he was s iigle, but about two years ago when in drink she learned that he had been married before. Until then she always thought he was a bachelor when she married him. The Rev. Edwin J. Howells, vicar of Milford Haven, proved the second marriage, and said prisoner described himself as a bachelor. About a year ago prisoner came to the vicarage under the influence of drink, and said he believed his first wife was alive, but he thought at the time of his second marriage she was dead. P.S. Evans said when he arrested prisoner the latter exclaimed Thank God it has come to this." This closed the case for the prosecution, and Mr. Ivor Bowen submitted that he had no case to answer, inasmuch as the prosecution had not proved that prisoner was aware his wife was proved that prisoner was aware his wife was alive within seven years preceding the second marriage ceremony. Th Judge said it was for the defence to prove that he did not know. Mr. Ivor Bowen said he thought this had been done by the first witness, but the Judge held that was not sufficient. Mrs. Lawrence was re-called, but she could not carry the matter further, as she had not seen her sister for five years previous to these proceedings. At that time she was living at Gorleston with the other man. Mr. Bowen thereupon put tne prisoner into the box. He swore that he had never seen his wife from the time they parted up to the present. He had visited Gorleston in 1904, and had been told his wife was living with another man, and had had a child. He had never heard anything of her for the 1 -1 seven years, and concluded that she was dea. Cross-examined: He never made any enquiries to find out, but came to the conclusion he did because he had never been troubled by her. Mr. Ivor Bowen said that was his case. His Lordship informed the jury that there was no case to go before them, as it had not been made out that prisoner knew of the existence of his wife within seven years of the date on which he went through the form of marriage with the second woman. That had been decided by the courts, and he was bound to follow that decision. It did not matter whether defendant took any steps to find out, which he might very easily have done, and the law now was that if he had no knowledge of the existence of his wife for seven years they should not convict. His Lordship accordingly directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. This was done and prisoner was discharged.

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