Here is another photo we recently received which stretched back in time further than most of us can remember.  It was certainly taken long before the arrival of computer technology!   We wanted to know who is in it?  What are they doing? Where was it taken? And approximately when?

We had lots of input and have had most of our questions answered.  The photo was taken in Hamilton Magistrates Court when it was located next to Hamilton Police Station on upper Parliament Street (where the Government Administration Building is now located).  Sitting in the foreground and bashing away on a manual typewriter is young constable Jimmy Woodward who sadly passed away just recently).  Sitting front right is constable JCP Hanlon reviewing court papers, and sitting on the bench is The Wor Leonard Minty commonly referred to as "Minty".  George Rose has provided us with several anecdotes about "Minty" who was clearly quite a character!

On checking our records it appears that the photo must have been taken sometime between March 1959 and 1960.  Jimmy Woodward served in Prosecutions from March 1959 until January 1962,  while Jim Hanlon was first posted to Prosecutions from 1958 - 1960 (no months recorded) , and again from September 1963 - June 1964.

Our thanks to Judy Woodward for kindly providing us with the photo, and several others of her husband Jimmy, during her visit to Bermuda just days before Jimmy passed away in Florida. Judy is working on an article about Jimmy for our 'Hall of Fame'.

Hamilton Magistrates Court on Parliament Street next to Hamilton Police Station circa 1959-1960
On the bench is The Wor. Leonard Minty
Seated are P.C. Jimmy Woodward (centre) and P.C. JCP Hanlon (right)


#16 mike cherry 2016-08-16 10:58
As a minor matter of interest Sgt Jim Hanlon was in charge of Prosections at the time of the Sep 1959 dock strike and was responsible for assisting the Magistrate i think Ronnie Grey by holding the megaphone while standing on Goslings balcony during the reading of the "riot act", after which the unruly crowd dispersed much to the relief of those of us standing on number one dock inadequently prepared for combat, even though some of us would have liked to "have a go".

Editors note - Many thanks for this information Mike. It certainly adds to our historical record.
#15 Davie Kerr 2016-08-14 10:10
Ah, so George's comment #11 was a direct follow-on from #10? OK, problem solved.
#14 Terry 2016-08-12 18:11
Thank God for Colin and the printed media.

Give my regards to Patch George.

Great weekend folks.
#13 Davie Kerr 2016-08-09 05:32
I'd like to be able to read the rest of comment #10 from George Rose as it promised to be a good story, but unfortunately I can't get it to continue where it says continued: could it please be re-printed?

Editors note - Will check again Davie but George's continued comment refers to both Magistrates Minty and Godet dealing with each other for speeding, and it should appear under the same column.
#12 Davie Kerr 2016-08-09 05:28
Just looking at JCP's shoulder number and comparing it with Jimmy's I'd venture to suggest that he may have been Sgt by then, but I'm open to correction...

Editors note - I believe you are correct Davie. JCP Hanlon was promoted to Sergeant on 1st December 1958, and Jim Woodward was transferred to Prospecutions on 1st March 1959. As a matter of record Jim Woodward remained in Prosecutions until 1962, and JCP Hanlon was promoted to Inspector on 1st August 1960 - less than 2 years after his promotion to Sergeant.
#11 George F. Rose 2016-08-01 17:56
Finally, in those days when court was not cluttered with multitudes of road abusers, the two Magistrates Minty and Wor Martin Godet, appeared for work and found themselves in an embarrassing situation since both had been charged with speeding. To maintain the integrity of the judicial system, they decided to hear each other’s case in turn. Minty pleaded guilty and was fined 5 pounds. It was then Godet’s turn to enter the dock.
“How do you plead?” asked Minty. “Guilty” was the reply.
The Senior Magistrate then slapped his associate with a ten pound fine, adding:
“Really, this sort of thing is becoming far too prevalent!”

Colin Benbow, Warwick

Editors note - Great stories George and obviously true. I had heard the one about Minty and Godet many years ago, and Colin Benbow would be an impeccable source.
#10 George F. Rose 2016-08-01 17:54
The Royal Gazette Bermuda
Seeing this photo reminds me of a letter
to the Editor dated September 10, 1985 in which Colin Benbow wrote:
Dear Sir,
The reported death of Senior Magistrate L.M. Minty calls to mind three occasions when this erudite man is supposed to have had the last word.

Appearing at a cocktail party in his usual disheveled state, the hostess, in regal fashion, brushed off his jacket with the comment: “You’ve got egg on your tie, Mr. Minty.” A glint came into the Magistrate’s eye and, as he ran his hand up and down the lady’s ample frontage, he was heard to comment, “Tit for tat”.

On another occasion, Minty was the “expert” on a panel at some Yacht Club do and an ignoble member thought to stump him with the question: “What is bottomry?”

Opening his response to this shipping matter, Minty said: “First, let me make it quite clear that bottomry has nothing to do with arson.”
#9 Davie Kerr 2016-07-26 09:52
With all due respect, why SHOULD anyone else have mentioned ash-trays? We were asked who, what, where and when, not to count fag-ends!
#8 Terry 2016-07-25 16:08
An observation and a recollection...................

Mr. Kerr nor others mentioned the 'ash trays in the photo.


Happy Cop Match.

Editors note - How times have changed! I just attended a function up at the PRC - Penny Bean's 80th birthday celebration and not one person smoking or slipping outside for a quick smoke. We should have an article devoted to smoking issues. Will give it some thought. Thanks for pointing out the issue Terry. I don't ever remember you smoking - me neither.
#7 mike cherry 2016-07-15 17:37
Mr Minty's first name was Leonard and his middle initial was M but I do not know what that was for. Nobody ever referred to him as Leonard, only Minty.
Mike Cherry

Editors note - Many thanks Mike. Minty served before my time but I seem to recall that he was quite a good magistrate.

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