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ing the custody thereof, or unlawfully and maliciously obliterating, injuring or destroying any record, writ, return, panel, process, interrogatory, deposition, affidavit, rule, order, warrant of attorney, or any original document belonging to any Ct. of Record, civil or criminal, or relating to any matter depending or terminated in such Ct. or any bill, answer, interrogatory, deposition, order, or decree, or any document belonging to any Ct. of Equity, or relating to any matter depending or terminating in such Ct. misd. pun. at the disc. of the Ct. Tr. 7 yrs. or fine or Impr. or both, as the Ct. shall award.
In the ind. for this offence it is not necessary to allege the article destroyed, fc. to be the property of any person or of any va
lue. Id, s. 21. Stealing, destroying, or concealing wills. Id. Destroying or concealing for any fraudulent
purpose, any will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument, whether relating to real or personal estate or both, misd. pun. as last mentioned, s. 21.
In the ind. for this offence, it is not necessary to allege the will, &c. to be the property of any person, or of any value. Id.
See saving clause and exemption from pun. 7 & 8 G.4.
s. 24. p. 108, post.
printed, or partly written and partly printed,
In the ind. for this offence, it shall be s. 23.
Id. s. 23.
the following section.
of the misdemeanors aforesaid, nor any pro-
(a) By these words it seems that the stealing leases for terms, or deeds of a less value, would not be comprized within the meaning of this clause.
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which any party aggrieved by any such offence might or would have had, if this act had not been passed: but nevertheless, the conviction of any such offender shall not be received in evidence in any action at law or
suit in equity against him. Id. s. 24. Exemptions from punishment in certain cases. No person shall be liable to be convicted of
either of the misd. (s. 22 and 23 last mentioned) by any evidence whatever in respect of any act done by him, if he shall at any time previously to his being ind. for such offence have disclosed such act on oath, in in consequence of any compulsory process of any Ct. of law or equity in any action, suit or proceeding which shall have been bona fide instituted by any party aggrieved, or if he shall have disclosed the same in any examination or deposition before any commis
sioners of bankrupt. Id. Stealing horses, sheep, or cattle. Stealing any horse, mare, gelding, colt or filly,
or any bull, cow, ox, heifer or calf, or any ram, ewe, sheep or lamb, or wilfully killing any such cattle (a) with intent to steal the
(a) In an indict. for stealing a sheep or other cattle, it must be laid to be of some value. Rex v. Peel, Russ. & Ry. 407.
pun. 7 & 8 G.4.
c. 29. D. Id. s. 25. Deer stealing. See Deer, p.40, ante. And Sum
mary Conviction, post. Power of deer keepers or their assistants to seize
guns, engines, dogs, &c.
purlieu, whether inclosed or not, or into any
use of the owner of the deer. Assaulting deer keepers or their assistants.
s. 29. Unlawfully beating or wounding any person
having the care of deer, or his assistants, fel.
pun. as for single larceny. Id. s. 29. Destroying hares or rabbits in warrens or breeding
grounds, in the night. Unlawfully and wilfully in the night time taking
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or killing any hares or conies, (a) in a warren or ground used for breeding or keeping hares, &c. whether inclosed or not, misd. pun. as
for simple larceny. (6) Id. s. 30.
Summary Conviction, post.
Fish, offences relating to. See p. 55, ante.
bed, laying or fishery sufficiently marked out
gardens, &c. if of 11. value, or elsewhere of
p. 67, ante.
See p. 68, ante.
hards, &c. See Garden, p. 59.
(a) See Game, p. 61, ante.
(c) It is necessary before any conv. can take place on this sect. that the boundary of the oyster bed, from which the oysters were stolen, should be distinctly proved, because all the king's subjects have a right to fish in the open sea, on the shores of which oyster layings or beds are generally made.