20th April 1909
Reference Numbert19090420-40
VerdictNot Guilty > directed

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CARTER, Thomas (36, labourer) ; carnally knowing Nellie Belcher, a girl under the age of 13 years; carnally knowing Nellie Belcher, a girl above the age of 13 years and under the age of 16 years.

Mr. Clarke Hall prosecuted.

The case depended upon the evidence of the girl Nellie and her sister Florence. Prisoner was a lodger in the house. Nellie stated that she had made no complaint to her mother until some time after prisoner had ceased to lodge with the family. Prisoner is a man of good character.

The Common Serjeant directed the Jury that it would not be safe to convict a man of good character upon the extraordinary evidence they had heard.

Verdict, Not guilty.

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