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Sussex Daily News

Wednesday, January 10, 1894


Serious Charge at Bexhill

Yesterday, at a special sitting of the Hastings County Bench, John Collins Roberts, 58, headmaster of St. Peter's National School, Bexhill, was charged with committing a crime with boys named Sidney Jewhurst, George Ransom, Samuel Marchant, and Henry Driver.  All witnesses were ordered out of Court. - Mr. David Nimmo prosecuted for the National Vigilance Association, and Mr. C. Davenport Jones, instructed by the Teachers' Union, watched the case for the defence. - Mr. Nimmo opened with respect to the charged in reference to the boy Jewhurst, and it was agreed that there should be a remand after evidence of arrest had been given, Mr. Jones remarking that if the evidence was given the witnesses would see it in the papers. - P.S. Stevens [I think that should be P.C.] stated that warrant was placed in his hands for execution, and he arrested the prisoner at nine o'clock yesterday morning and told him the charge, and also that most likely three or four more charges of similar nature would be made against him.  Prisoner said "I flatly deny it."  Witness read the warrant and took accused to the Policestation. - Mr. Jones applied for bail.  He said the prisoner had been at Bexhill 37 years. - Mr. Carter remanded the prisoner till Saturday, and said bail would be taken, the prisoner in 200 and two sureties of 100 each.



Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex of 1867, records that John Collins Roberts was a Master at the National School.  (For more details about Bexhill from the 1867 directory, please visit Steve Pickthall's web page.)


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