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- Edition: The Charge Against a Clergyman The Charge Against a Clergyman
CHARGES AGAINST A CLERGYMAN. - The Rev. James H. Latrobe BATEMAN, vicar of Haile, was prosecuted by the Treasury yesterday, at Whitehaven Police-court, for feloniously inserting, or permitting to be inserted, in the register of marriages at Haile a certain false entry relating to a marriage. Mr. HODGSON prosecuted for the Treasury; Mr. PICKERING defended. A fortnight ago Mr. BATEMAN was committed for trial at the assizes on a charge of solemnizing matrimony between Robert LITTLE and Mary Jane COCKBAIN without licence or certificate, without due publication of banns, and without the consent of LITTLE's parents, he being a minor. A second charge was adjourned, notice being served upon defendant to produce the marriage register. Yesterday the marriage register was not forthcoming. A certified copy of the marriage from the Registrar-General was put in, showing that the marriage had been solemnized after the publication of banns. The prosecution contended that there was no publication of banns.
Evidence having been given by a witness who was at the marriage that Mr. BATEMAN made the entries in the marriage register, the magistrate committed the defendant for trial at the assizes, bail having been accepted - defendant in £200 and one surety in £200.