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WIFE DESERTION.

Peter Slavin was brought up in custody charged with having deserted his wife and four children, and leaving them chargeable to the rates of the union.

Mr. Regan prosecuted.

Constable Patterson stated that he arrested the prisoner the previous day at the Boyne Bridge for being drunk. Witness afterwards found that he had deserted his wife and children, and he was retained in custody on that charge.

Samuel Mercer, relieving officer, deposed that the prisoner’s wife and four children were in the workhouse. The prisoner had frequently left them, and they had frequently been in and out of the house for years.

The prisoner denied that he had deserted his wife and children.

Their Worships sent the prisoner to jail for three months.

Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), September 28, 1877.