A CHARGE OF BIGAMY.
♦ STEPHEN BOSHER COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. A GLIMPSE INTOAN INTERESTING CAREER. At the Magistrate's Court this morning Stephen Bosher, of Petone, was charged that on the 17th of April, 1892, he did commit higamy hy marrying Mary Recce, while already married to Josephine Bosher, who was then and is still living. Mr. Greenfield, S.M., was on the Bench. On the charge being read to him, the accused, who was not represented hy counsel, asked for a remand in order to enable him to obtain witnesses. Mr. Greenfield decided that, if necessary, after hearing the case for the prosecution, he would grant -the remand asked for. Antonio Roderigues, hotelkeeper at Akaroa, depdsed that he had known Bosher at that place fpr several years. Accused woa married 1 about 17 years ago to Josephine Libeau at the Catholic Church, Lyttelton. The only persons present at the ceremony were the priest (Father Donovan), witness, accused, and his wife. He produced the marriage certificate. After the Wedding accused and his wife lived at Akaroa, and two children were born. Mrs. Bosher was still living. She had come from the South with witness yesterday, and was now present in the Court. Father Donovan was not now alive. Emanuel Recce, carpenter, residing in Wellington, stated that accused was married to his daughter, Mary Ann Recce, at witness's house in April, 1892. The Rev. C. Dallaston performed the ceremony. Before the marriage accused, when questioned, stated that he had not before been married Witness produced the marriage certificate. Eliza Recce, daughter of the last witness, corroborated his evidence as to the marriage of accused with Mary Ann Recce on 17th April, 1892. Sydney George Millington, chief warder at the Terrace Gaol, produced a letter written by the accused sii^ce his confinement at the gaol to the second Mrs. Bosher. (This letter admitted that the accused was married as stated at Lyttelton, but asserted further that two years after that marriage he had to go home to France on business. In France he was arrested for having failed to do his military duty, and for being naturalised in New Zealand without his parent*' consent. A sentence of three years' imprisonment was passed upon him, after serving part of which he was sent as a soldier to Africa, where he terved five years, endeavouring all the time by letters to get the British and New Zealand Governments to obtain his release. His letters, however, were never sent. Ultimately he returned to New Zealand, and, on arrival, wired to Akaroa, asking if his wife was still living, to which he received a reply from her that she was married again. He then sent another telegram, "Shall I come or not?" The answer to which was "No." He considered that he and the second Mrs. Bosher were lawful man and wife.) This letter, the witness stated, had been duly forwarded to the lady known here as Mrs. Bosher. In answer to the Court, accused said he had no questions to ask any of the witnesses, and he was committed to take his trial at the next sittings of the Supreme Court, opportunity being promised for his'obtaining his witnesses in time for the trial.
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