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Sussex Agricultural Express, 24th May 1898

COUNTY BENCH, SATURDAY.- Before R. CHRISTY, Esq. (in the chair), C. EGERTON LEGGE, Esq., and C. SISTERTON, Esq.

WILLIAM PHILLIPS and CHARLES EADE, boys, were summoned for making use of violent threats towards James Adames, who applied that they might be placed under sureties to keep the peace.- Mr. W. Parker Cogan appeared on behalf of the defendants.- Complainant, who described himself as a retired hair and fur merchant, living at Angleside Cottage, Old Fishbourne, stated that on Sunday, the 15th May, the defendants and about eight others came to his house and began kicking up a "regular riot." Just then a policeman appeared in sight, and the defendants ran away, but, after they had watched him depart, they returned to complainant's house and began shouting for "Old Adames" to come out, at the same time threatening him with violence. This was only one of many instances in which complainant alleged that he had been annoyed by boys living in the neighbourhood throwing stones at his door, shouting at him, and otherwise molesting him.- In cross-examination, witness stated that the annoyance had been going on ever since he brought a case to court against a resident at Fishbourne for, as he alleged, shooting his cat. The case, however, was dismissed, but the boys, he believed, had since been incited to annoy him by the person whom he then summoned. Witness admitted that he had chastised another boy.- The Bench came to the conclusion that there was not sufficient evidence to justify binding the defendants over, but the Chairman warned them that they had come very near the meshes of the law and would be closely looked after in the future.- The complainant said he was afraid the decision of the Bench would bring more annoyance than ever upon him in the future. He hoped the first time he took the law into his own hands that the Magistrates would deal as leniently as possible with him because he must do it or die (laughter).