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Colonial Cases

Police Court decisions, 1869

[minor crimes]


Police Court decisions

Police Court, Shanghai
12 February 1869
Source: The North-China Herald, 20 February 1869



February 12th 1869.

Before R. A. MOWAT, Esq.

James Reid, chief officer of the Mona, was charged by one of the crew named Swanton with violent assault.  From the evidence of the complainant it appeared that after discharging some cargo he mislaid the tally-book and upon being asked for it by the accused was unable to find it, whereupon the assault was committed.  The prisoner was fined $10 and costs.

February 15th 1869.

Before R. A. MOWAT, Esq.

Nicholas Othego, of the Rona, appeared to answer a charge preferred against him by Won-ah-lien, a vegetable merchant in Hongque.  Complainant stated that his son and a son of his neighbour, who was a foreigner, were playing dominoes the previous day, when they quarreled and came to blows; and prisoner, who was also a foreigner, came in and said they were gambling.  On complainant stating that they were not, prisoner, without any provocation, struck him in the mouth and knocked him down.

The prisoner was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment with hard labour, or a fine of $6.


Hugh Pritchard, captain of the steamer Mona, was charged by Wm. Anderson, able seaman, with assault.  The accused, who admitted pushing the complainant, was fined $5 and costs.


Gorman, the seaman belonging to the Zebra, who was charged with furious riding on the Bubbling Well Road and knocking down and seriously injuring a Chinawoman, was brought up again yesterday.  The complainant, who was discharged last Thursday from the Hospital, and appeared on the same day at the Consulate on a stretcher told a doleful tale of the bad feeling she received at the Hospital.  In reply to the Bench she stated that leaving her place was due more to the bad treatment she received than to her recovery.  His Worship considered it proved from the statement of the woman herself which agreed in the main with that of the defendant, that she contributed directly to the accident which was thus rendered unavoidable on the part of the defendant.  He would therefore have to dismiss the case, but he would recommend the accused to make the woman some compensation, though he could make no order to that effect.


Hugh MacIntyre, a prisoner recently discharged from the gaol, was charged by Consular constable Coulter with attempting to smuggle tobacco in to the prisoners when returning for his clothes.  The prisoner, who was caught in the act, was sentenced to a month's imprisonment or the alternative of paying a fine of $8.


February 18th   1869

Before R. A. MOWAT, Esq.

G. Langton and Ralph Thompson, seamen belonging to the [Tara], were charged with breaking the windows of the "Boar's Head."

Mr. Mills, the complainant, stated that he had no desire to press the charge of the damage committed was repaired, the cost of doing which he estimated at $1.

The prisoners were content to pay such estimated damage, and the case was not further gone into.


F. Barnett and J. Lord, two seamen belonging to the Annie Braginton, were charged with continued refusal of duty.  The prisoners, who were before his Worship on a similar charge on the 4th inst., and were in gaol until yesterday when they were put on board their ship but again refused to turn to, were sent back to gaol for 14 days, their wages to be [devoted] to their keep, and to be after their term of imprisonment again put on board.

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