Convicted by Finger-print.
United Press Association—Ry Electric Telegraph
Wellington, May 3 At ilia Supreme Court today John Clancy, a young man, was charged with breaking and entering and theffc at Wellington on February 23rd. There were two counts, one of breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime, and the other of breaking and entering and stealing two gold rings and two brooches, the property of Mary Ann Williams. The case is unique m New Zealand, the sole evidence for the prosecution was the print of part of a finger-tip alleged to have been left by accused on a window pane of the house broken into. Counsel for the Crown said that the case was a very important one to the public. Theft wa3 generally discovered by the way stolen property was disposed of by an offender. In this instance,' however, such was not the case. The stolen property had not been recovered. As for the accused he had not been seen m the locality of Mrs "Williams' dwelling house on the day m question. The Grown would prove its case I beyond possibility of doubt solely upon the ; finger-print. The piece of glass oa which the print was left was cut out by a glazier, photographed, and compared with accused's finger records m the finger-print branch of the" Police Department. The result of the comparison was that twenty-four characteristics corresponded. The possibility of mistake was absolutely eliminated. The Chief Justice m Fumming up said that if the jury was satisfied that the finger-print on the glass was identical with the record put mby the Department's oftcers it was a reasonable inference that that print belonged to the man who went into the house; and farther reasonable inference was that the man entered the house to commit a crime. The prisoner was found guilty of breaking and entering, and wa3 remanded for sentence.
Permanent link to this item
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6561, 4 May 1905
Convicted by Finger-print. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6561, 4 May 1905
Using This Item
See our copyright guide for information on how you may use this title.