R -v- JACOBSON (1880)

1756-1853 About 30,000 burials took place with a gap between 1827 and 1831. 1856 Moreland -v- Richardson case to protect burial and related rights (52 ER 1238-1241). 1862 The land was divided and sold as freehold building plots (The Times 01.07.1880) 1863 "On [this] occasion" Jacobson pleaded guilty before the Marlborough Police Court, for not having a licence, (The Times 01.07.1880). It was not until the decision of the Master of the Rolls that Jacobson realised he could not have been guilty, as the Burial Acts did not apply to the land. 1864 Order issued under S.23 Burial Act 1857 by Home Secretary to tidy the place. 1865 Order issued under S.23 Burial Act 1857 by Home Secretary to tidy the place. 1879 or 1880? Master of the Rolls issued an injunction to block a third Order. See The Times, 20 April 1880 re. "January 19" and 01.07.1880. 1880 By contrast with its decision in 1863, "the Marlborough-street Police court [dismissed] a charge of having committed offences against the Burial Acts. [It] was found that the ground in question did not come within those Acts" and Jacobson was consequently charged with the common law offence of exhuming (The Times 01.05.1880). 1880, June 30th Exhumation trial Central Criminal Court. Cockburn CJ with a special jury. 1880, December 20th Trial moved to Queen's Bench and Jacobson was found guilty. 1881 It appears from newspaper reports, that Jacobson died in this year.

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