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MANSLAUGHTER AT NORMANTON.

PATRICK SLAVEN (24), labourer, was indicted for the manslaughter of Henry Whiston, at Normanton, on the 29th May, 1867.-- Mr. CADMAN prosecuted; Mr. CAMPBELL FOSTER defended It appeared that on the 29th May the prisoner and the deceased were working at some buildings near Normanton, the former being a labourer, and the latter a bricklayer. The prisoner was working at placing the bricks to make a wall, instead of carrying bricks which would have been his proper function as a labourer, The deceased observed this, and, saying that it was against the rules of the trade for him to do so, declared that he would not work unless the prisoner was ordered back to his proper work. In consequence of this the foreman a man named Sykes, ordered the prisoner to carry bricks and mortar, and to cease making the wall. He did so, but shortly afterwards resumed his employment of bricklaying. A disturbance then ensued, and a mason called Cockerel commenced to fight with him, the prisoner. The mason was worsted in the encounter, and was knocked down, Then the deceased picked him up, and was, in his turn, attacked by the prisoner, who knocked him down, and kicked him at the back of the left ear. The man never spoke again, and died in a moment or two. Dr. Bedford, of Normanton, made a post-mortem examination, and found that, from the condition of the brain, induced by drink, he would be extremely susceptible of injury from a blow. The marks might, however, have been caused by either a fall or a kick, and the jury had to decide whether a kick or a fall had caused the death.-- After a short deliberation they said that they were of opinion that death resulted from the kick.-- His Lordship sentenced the prisoner to ten years' penal servitude.

Leeds (England) Mercury, August 17, 1867.