|221 Ky. 700|
|Court of Appeals of Kentucky.|
|ASHER v. COMMONWEALTH.|
|Nov. 4, 1927.|
Appeal from Circuit Court, Bell County.
Joe Asher, Jr., was convicted of housebreaking, and he appeals.
From a judgment of conviction for the offense of housebreaking, the appellant brings this appeal. He first urges that the circuit court which tried him was without jurisdiction so to do because he was at the time of the commission of the alleged offense under 17 years of age, and the order of the county court holding him to the circuit court for trial for this offense was void as such proceedings were not had according to the statutes in such cases made and provided. It is sufficient to say that the evidence shows that the proceedings in the county court were had in strict compliance with the requirements of section 331e5 of the Kentucky Statutes, and that the order holding the appellant to the circuit court for trial was valid.
Appellant next contends that he was entitled to a peremptory instruction because the evidence failed to show any breaking. Although it is true that the appellant said that he entered the storehouse, which he is accused of breaking into, through an open door, yet the evidence for the commonwealth was to the effect that the door through which he entered was closed, and that the appellant had to open it in order to get into the store. Appellant therefore was not entitled to a peremptory instruction on this theory.
Appellant also contends that the court failed to properly instruct the jury, but as he did not incorporate the instructions in the bill of exceptions, we cannot consider this contention. He next argues that the jury which returned the verdict in this case was not polled in accordance with section 267 of the Criminal Code. However, the record fails to show that he made any request for a poll of the jury, and as the Code only requires the jury to be polled "at the instance of either party," it follows that the appellant by failing to make such a request waived his right to such a poll.
It is next argued that the court erred in sending the appellant to the penitentiary instead of the house of reform. Although this is a matter within the discretion of the trial court, we may say that appellant's counsel has evidently not read the record carefully, for the judgment in this case plainly provides that the appellant shall be sent to the house of reform.
No error appearing prejudicial to the substantial rights of the appellant, the judgment is affirmed.
ASHER v. COMMONWEALTH.
299 S.W. 568, 221 Ky. 700
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