16th November 1909
Reference Numbert19091116-85
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment; Imprisonment

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NEILAN, Alison ; unlawfully and without due authority interfering with a certain ballot box then in use for the purposes of a certain Parliamentary Election for the Parliamentary Division of Bermondsey, by introducing into the said ballot box divers liquid chemicals; second count, unlawfully and without due authority attempting to destroy a certain packet of ballot papers then in use for the purposes of the said election.

Mr. Muir and Mr. Leycester prosecuted.

Mr. Muir said he proposed to ask for a verdict only on the first count.

The circumstances were identical with those in the previous case, except that the offence was committed at a polling station in Laxton Street, and that the fluid used did no personal injury. Two ballot papers out of 80 had been rendered undecipherable.

The facts having been proved, defendant addressed the jury (not on oath), contending that she had not been guilty of any act which could be construed into a crime, but had merely acted in protest against an unjust and tyrannical political system.

Verdict, Guilty on count 1; Not Guilty on count 2.

Mr. Muir said that Neilan was convicted at Marlborough Street Police Court on January 30, 1908, and fined 40s., with the alternative of one month's imprisonment, for ringing the door bell at Mr. Lewis Harcourt's house in Berkeley Square—no doubt with the same motive as in this case. On October 28,1908, she was convicted at Westminster Police Court and fined £5 or one month's imprisonment for obstructing the police in the execution of their duty—also, no doubt, with that motive.

Sentences, Chapin, for interfering with the ballot box, three months' imprisonment; for the assault, four months' imprisonment; to run concurrently; Neilan, three months' imprisonment; in each case the imprisonment to be in the second division.

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