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INVERCARGILL. The criminal sitting was opened to-day' before Judge Denniston, Mr Justice Wil», Hams being engaged in Arbitration Court business on the West Coast. The calendar is a light one. Referring to the charge against Caroline Matthews and Richard W, Hall (the former with administering to hjer> self or permitting to be administered noxiouß things, and the latter with counselling her to do so), Judge Denniston said that the peculiarity was that the principal witness for the ' prosecution (Dr Torrance) had sworn on oath that what he administered was given in Buch small quantities as to make it impossible that the result hoped for by the accused could have happened. It seemed to him (Judge Dennis* ton) that the doctor's evidence amounted to this: that what had happened was a natural occurrence. In that statement Dr Torrance was supported by other medical evidence for the prosecution. In the Hall-Matthews case the Grand Jury brought in a true bill on the secopd and third indictments, for conspiring to procure Dr Torrance to produce the result desired. The hearing Was to come on at two o'clock. Francis Rodgers pleaded guilty to stealing a £lO note, and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment; Ellen M'Leod and. Marjory Fraser pleaded guilty to stealing £39 from a man, and were sentenced to three months each; Ellen Swanson, for violently assaulting Annie O'Shannassey, was sentenced to three months' imprison* ment.

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CRIMINAL SITTINGS., Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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CRIMINAL SITTINGS. Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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