Before Rev. R.L. Baker, (Chairman), C.D. Batt, and W. Smith, Esqrs.
charge of trespass.
William Weller, Arthur Wastie, and Robert Pratley, were charged with trespassing, on land at Freeland, in the occupation of J. Mason, Esq., on the 28th January.
William Brown deposed: I am a game keeper. On 28th January I was in a cover known as the "Thrift," at Freeland. I heard two dogs in the cover, and saw Wastie with a gun, and the other two walking the bushes towards Wastie. The dogs belonged to Wastie.
By Wastie: You were about 10 yards in the cover. I saw you in the cover.
By Pratley: You were walking the bushes.
By Weller: You were with Pratley walking the bushes.
Sidney Aimes, game keeper, deposed to seeing Weller and Pratley in the cover on the day in question.
By Weller: I did not see you in the wood.
Weller said he went up to the cover on his land and shot a rabbit which was crippled and run into the wood. The other defendants went into the wood to fetch the dogs.
Weller corroborated Wastie's statement.
William Brown, recalled, stated that he knew no shot was fired for half an hour in the direction of Thrift Cover.
The Chairman: The magistrates think there is some little doubt about it, and therefore they give the defendants the benefit of the doubt. The case will be dismissed.