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Allegd Bigamy.

At the Resident Magistrate's Court, Dunedin, on Friday, Ellen Feeney was charged before Mr E. H. Carew, R.M., with having, on the 9th of .September,; 1886, at Dunedin, feloniously married one Albert Tasman- Williamo Beaumont, her former husband (Daniel Feeney) being then alive. '

Mr Solomon appeared for the informant, and Sir Robert Stout for the accused.

In opening the case for the prosecution Mr Solomon Baid the circumstances of the case t were these: The accused Ellen Feeney was married to Daniel Feeney, in the County 'of Perry, Ireland, on the 28th of May, 1875. Her maiden name wa». Ellen Mullin. She was married in a Catholic Church,' and her husband subsequently., left her and went ,to America. She afterwards came to Dunedin, and went to live in-the house of her sister, who was married to a' man named M'Cluskey. She stayed with Mr and Mrs M'Cluskey for a considerable time, and on the 9th of September, 1886, she married Albert Tasman William Beaumont at the . registry office, v Dunedin, under the name of Ellen Feeney. She also gave the name of her father as James Feeney and .that of her mother as Susan, Feeney. That, he (Mr Solomon) should prove was quite untrue, but in addition to that it was very material to > the case, as assisting to prove the previous marriage. As, regarded !the question of - proof , of previous ' marriages, great difficulties generally existed where the marriage had been solemnised so far away as in Ireland ; but in this case that had been got over by the fact that the wife admitted the previous marriage to Mr M'Cluskey when jhe; lived in his house.. The proof of the.'"previous marriage was, '' indeed, very plain. M'Qluskey was accused's brother-in-law, and tiad lived in Ireland close to Miss Mullin and Feeney, and accused told M'Cluskey that she had married Dan Feeney, son of James, Feeney, at the place they both came from. Ajmonth^or'twp; before she married the second time she also showed him a letter which, she said she received from her husband. There was a photograph in the letter, t and that phothgraph was the' photograph of Feeney. Another person, whom he would call as a witness, also -lived mi Ii eland and knew both the ac-< cused and Feeney well. She then knew the accused as.'Ellen' Mullin. He (Mr Solomon) also had a certificate of thfc original marriage .which .was solemnised in Ireland. '- . . , ; . :

Accused was then committed . for trial, bail "being allowed her.iii her own recognisance of £100, and two sureties of £50 each. ... '■ ' ,

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Allegd Bigamy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890

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Allegd Bigamy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890

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