23rd July 1906
Reference Numbert19060723-54
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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REES, John , being lessee of certain premises, Gloucester Mansions, Charing Cross Road, did knowingly permit such premises to be used for the purpose of habitual prostitution. Another count charged the defendant with keeping a common bawdy house at Gloucester Mansions.

Mr. Bodkin prosecuted. Mr. C. F. Gill, K. C., and Mr. Muir defended.

The defendant, who was lessee of premises let out in flats, was indicted under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (Sec. 13), and had been summoned, after notice from the Westminster County Council, at the Police Court, but elected to exercise his right to be tried by a jury.

At the close of the case for the prosecution, Mr. Gill raised the objection that there was not conclusive evidence of any wilful act on the part of the defendant.

Mr. Bodkin submitted that there was and cited a decision by Lord Coleridge in Gully v. Smith, 1883, 12 Q. B. D., p. 121, to the effect that the fact of refraining from removing a nuisance, after due notice, was in itself a wilful act. The Common Serjeant ruled there was sufficient evidence to go to the jury on the ground of "permitting." Verdict, Guilty. Sentence postponed till September Sessions.

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