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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.

Monday, Nov. 10. Before Mr. Frank Guinness, R.M. LARCENY OF A SCARF PIN. Alexander Macdonald was charged with the larceny of a gold breast pin, valued at £2, the property of Hector Mackenzie. The prosecutor, who is stopping at the Prince Albert Boarding House, having deposed to the loss of his pin, Constable Farmer stated that he was on duty in East street when the accused was pointed out to him by Mr Meant, of the Prince Albert Boarding House. He said accused was suspected of having stolen the pin. Took him into custody and searched him on suspicion of having the stolen property in his possession. Found the pin on him in the inside of his vest. Accused said he had picked it up at the boarding house. Accused then stated that he stopped at the Prince Albert Boarding House on Monday night. On getting up the following morning, saw the pin lying on the floor, picked it up and slipped it inside of his vest, intending to return it to the boarding-house keeper. Went down stairs ; there was no one about. Left the house, returning to breakfast at half-past seven. Quite forgot about the pin. Was walking about town for a few hours until eleven o’clock, then loft by train for Chertsey. Afterwards went to Rakaia. Returned to Ashburton on Wednesday, and mot a man who asked him to go with him to the A 1 Boarding House. Did so. Quite forgot about the pin until stopped

by the constable and Meant, and accused of stealing something. It was by a mere oversight the pin was not returned. The police said that nothing was known of accused. The Magistrate said the accused had, by his own showing, been keeping this pin. knowing that it was not his property. He should have returned it at once. The defence that he had forgotten to do so, was not borne out by the facts. Ho had had ample opportunity of returning the pin if he had been so inclined, having had it in his possession form Monday until Wednesday. He would be imprisoned for one month with hard labor. The accused was removed, still protesting that he had merely forgotten to return the pin.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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