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Reg. v. Kershaw

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Robert Kershaw, accountant, was charged with shooting at Agnes Kershaw, his daughter, with intent to murder. Prisoner came into the room in which his daughter was sitting, and saying “Are you my daughter?” shot her in the face with a pistol. It was proved that the prisoner at the time was under the influence of drink, that he had long been addicted to drink, that he had for years cherished against this daughter a hatred, which appeared to have begun by seeing her portrait, among those of other art students, taken in a room in which were nude statues. Dr. Bevan Lewis, who had examined the prisoner five weeks after the crime had been committed, was of opinion that there was no evidence of insanity at the time of the examination, but that at the time of the crime the prisoner was suffering from acute alcoholic delirium. The judge told the jury that before they found the prisoner of unsound mind they must be satisfied that the symptoms were not those of ordinary drunkenness. Guilty. Seven years' penal servitude.—Leeds Assizes, May 13th, Mr. Justice Bucknill.—Times, May 15th.

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