August 23, 1892
On Tuesday, at Liverpool, two youths, aged eighteen, named John Walters and Charles Holmes, were charged before the Assistant Recorder with having broken into the counting house of John Houlding, brewer, Tynemouth Street, Everton, and stolen £10 9s.
Arthur Muir (21), Sarah Grisenthwaite (18), Charles Skinley (16), and Frank Kennedy (17) were at the same charged with having receiving part of the money knowing it to have been stolen. When the case was called, the prisoner Muir informed the Court that his mother had paid a solicitor to retain counsel on his behalf. No counsel, however, appeared, and Dr. O’Fealy, who conducted the prosecution, requested that the solicitor be sent for.
The Assistant Recorder complied with the request, and the business was suspended until the solicitor’s arrival in court. He admitted, in answer to questions, that he had arranged for the defence of three, each of whom was to pay a guinea, on which council would be retained. Mrs. Muir had paid a guinea on behalf of her son, but nothing had been received from the two others.
Dr O’Fealy, somewhat indignantly, pointed out that Mrs. Muir had attended court under the impression that her son’s defence was provided for, and the least the solicitor could now do, since the money had not been earned, was to refund the money, which could be handed to the warder, and the prisoner could instruct counsel.
After some little delay, this course was adopted, and Dr Commins was appointed counsel for the prisoner Muir, who, along with Grisenthwaite, Skinley, and Kennedy, was acquitted. Walters and Holmes were found guilty, and sentenced, the former to four, and the latter to two moths’ imprisonment.
(Blackburn Standard: August 27, 1892)