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(From the Marlborough Express)

At Blenheim Police Court, on June 15th, Mr. H. Dodson laid a complaint against Mr. James Sinclair; for pirblicly using offensive and insulting expressions, calculated to incite to a breach of the peace. The complainant was represented by Mr. Nelson; and the defendant by Mr. Pitt, who pleaded not guilty. Mr. Nelson said the case was brought under subsection 3 of 67, Justice of Peace Act, 1867. The defendant had been applied to for an apology, and a promise that the offence should not be repeated, but none had been received.

Henry Dodson deponed: I am Mayor of Blenheim, and a member of the Borough Council. On the evening of May 31st I was in the Council Chamber' presiding at a meeting of the Council, at which Mr. Sinclair waa present as a Councillor. During the proceedings I had to call him to order, but did not act in other than an impartial manner. Mr. Sinclair left the room before the Council rote, but returned afterwards, while he with others were standing by the fire talking, and approached us. I was speaking with the others when he came up and addressed me; he was in a violent temper, and appeared ruffled. He came dote up tome; I was not speaking of him in any way, for I saw him enter at the door. He talked more violently than ever, and said he knew who I was, and that I had to slink away from Ballarat for murderous proceedings, or words to that effect. He added more, but myself and others turned away and left him by himself. It much astonished me, as he fairly hissed through his teeth. I felt it waa a great libel, and meant to insult me; consequently I spoke to Mr. Nelson the same night about it, instructing him to apply for a withdrawal of the offensive words, and so give him an opportunity to apologise, intending otherwise to bring it before the Court. He has not dm • x>, ■"»'! it is more in sorrow than in anger that 1 nave iaxtn proceedings. Mr. S. Johnson and Mr. J. T. Robinson corroborated Mr. Dodson'a statement.

The defence was that Mr. Dodson had termed Mr. Sinclair a blackguard, that complainant had no cause for fear, and that he bore malice. Defendant was be bound on his own recognisances in.the sum of £25 to keep the peace towards all her Majesty's subjects, and Mr. Dodson in particular, for twelve months, and to pay costs, £3 17s.

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A MAYOR, VERSUS AN M.P.C. AND BOROUGH COUNCILLOR., The Colonist, Volume XIII, Issue 1331, 28 June 1870

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A MAYOR, VERSUS AN M.P.C. AND BOROUGH COUNCILLOR. The Colonist, Volume XIII, Issue 1331, 28 June 1870

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