RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
Friday, Dec. 12. | (Before Mr. JV Guinness, R.M.) DRUNKENNESS., George Murray, charged with the above offence, was fined 10s and costs. LARCENY OF A PIPE. George Sinclair, on remand, was charged with being illegally on the premises of Wm. Power, landlord of the Royal Hotel, also with tlie larceny of a pipe the property of George Martin. George Martin deposed to having seen prisoner at the Ashburton Hotel on Wednesday. Laid his pipe on the bar whilst he went outside to look at his horses. On his return, the pipe was missing. . . The prisoner denied taking the pipe _with any felonious inteution, and pleaded that he was too drunk at the time to know what he was doing. Constable Beaumont said—Ho arrested the prisoner on the charge of being illegally on premises and found the pipe in his possession. Prisoner said it had been given to him by a young man. The Magistrate gave Sinclair a month for stealing the pipe, and on the charge of being illegally on premises he was sent to gaol for three months, the sentences to run concurrently. CIVIL CASES. Saunders Bros. v. Sinclair—Judgment by consent for L3O 6s lOd, with costs, L2 ss.
Saunders Bros. v. Osborne. —No appearance of defendant, Judgment for L 47 16s lOd.
Bluett v. Ford—Mi-. O’Reilly for plaintiff, Mr. Branson for defendant. This case was adjourned, on the application of Mr. O’Reilly, till next day on payment of costs.
Orr and Co. v. Ford—Claim LSO, for dishonored acceptance. Judgment for plaintiff, with cost. Lancaster v. Quarterman. —Judgment summons. Defendant was ordered to execute a lien on his crop in favor of plaintiff to secure payment. Cookson v. Gardiner.—Claim L 4 16s. Mr. O’Reilly for defendant. E. Cookson stated that the amount was due for coach fares for men.
By Mr. O Reilly—Gardiner gave me instructions te employ men for him and charge him with their coach fares. James Gardiner stated that he gave no authority to men to pneur the coach fares on his account. The coachman had told him that two men had come up in the coach, but did not give their names. By plaintiff —Will swear I never told you to bring men up for me. Don’t think I have had a bill of particulars from you. The case was then adjourned till Monday at 10 a.in., for the evidence of the coach-driver.
Sycamore v. Morrow. —Mr. Branson for plaintiff, Mr. O’Reilly for defendant. Claim L 9 16s. The sum of L 7 was paid into Court
Wm. Sycamore—A man in the employ of Mr. Morrow took a dray from my camp and used it on his farm. He also used a water tank for some eleven weeks. The hire of a dray is worth 5s a week. I had to send for the dray; it was broken in several places. By Mr. O’Reilly—The dray was taken without my permission. Had a dispute with the manager about chaff cutting, but it was not in consequence of this that I sued for the hire of the dray. James Hewitt, manager for Mr. Morrow, said that Sycamore had a contract for ploughing, and carting carrots. He said I could have the loan of a dray, and I sent a man for it to Sycamore’s camp. It was capsized in the river, and I offered to pay the damage, but refused to pay the hire. Sycamore asked me to send the dray home about six weeks after I took it. I did not hear of any charge to be made until the settlement.
His Worship considered that there had been a loan of the dray up to a certain time, and would give judgment for 255. for plaintiff with costs, LI 9s 6d. Saunders Bros. v. Trickett—claim, L 7, balance due for rent. Mr." Branson for defendant.
S. Saunders stated lie had not the lease, and could not say whether it was stamped sufficiently. Plaintiff was non-suited. T. Ireland v. Hun-ell. Mr. Crisp for plaintiff. Claim for bailiff’s fees. Plaintiff deposed to having served a number of summonses, to do which he had been employed by defendant. By defendant —The summonses were given to me in your presence. One summons was not served by me, and you took it from me some days afterwards. Defendant gave evidence that he had not employed plaintiff, and had instructed Mr. Branson not to give him any employment connected irith the Court as he was so untrustworthy. By Mr. Crisp—Sammonses from foreign Courts cbme addressed to the Clerk of the Court.
C. B. M. Branson, bailiff of the Court ; said he had been cautioned by defendant not to give summonses to Ireland to serve. I gave plaintiff summonses to serve. I told Mr. Harrell I lord given them to plaintiff I have been bailiff of the Court since ApriL His Worship said that as Mr. Branson jhad been bailiff since April, and it was dear that he was responsible for any (barges for the service of summonses, plaintiff would be nonsuite A RAKAIA. — Thursday, December 11. ((Before Mr- P- Guinness, R.M.) ASSAULT. Philip Salaman v. George Mapple. Defendant who was not present, was fined ss. and costa 7k Win. Morrow v. Barnsay. Case withdrawn. CIVIL CASES. H. M‘Lean v. Lake and Beard. Claim Ll 6 14s. Bd., balance of account for work done in loading and unloading railway material for defendants, who are contractors for the construction of the Kabua and Ashburton Forks railway. Mr, Parnell for plaintiff, Mr. O’Reilly for defendants. It was contended that plaintiff had received mare payment than he had given credit for, and also that there was an account of L 6 to be deducted for work done by defendants* mere His Worship decided to adjourn the case to next Court day for the production of defendants books and bookkeeper.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879
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