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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT

ASHBURTON— Tuesday, March 2. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.) NEGLECTING TO REGISTER A BIETII. John Doak, of Wakanui, was charged with having neglected to register tho birth of a child contrary to section 1(5 of the Act. Accused pleaded ignorance of the Act. He was fined ss. Thomas Greenaway for a similar neglect pleaded forgetfulness, and was also mulcted in the sum of ss. His Worship desired to call public attention to section 142 of the J.P. Act, by which no Government official was allowed to charge fees in cases of convictions of this nature, therefore no costs would be awarded. FURIOUS BIDING. J. Quinton and Charles Smithel were charged with furious riding in Burnet street ; both the accused pleaded “ ISot guilty. ” James Purchas, hairdresser—Saw tho accused on Feb. 4th. Quinton turned up Burnett street, some distance ahead of Smithel, who afterwards galloped up to Quinton and then both went at top speed; heard just afterwards that Smithel was thrown. W. H. Zouch, recollected seeing Smithel and Quinton start from the Somerset Hotel and whip their horses into a gallop up Burnett street. Saw Smithel fall, and thought he was killed. They were going at a dangerous pace. By accused, Smithel —I saw yen both cross the railway together; you were racing. By Quinton—l don’t think you had a whip. Smithel pleaded that his herse was obstinate and shied, and he was only trying to keep it straight with a stick. The Magistrate said it was evident that both accused had been racing, and he would fine them L 5 each. HORSE STEALING. The adjourned case against John O’Brien for horse stealing was then heard. Donald Gunn, station master at Hinds, sworn—l saw prisoner at the Hinds station about three weeks ago. He came to the station about half-past nine, and bought a ticket for Ashburton. He told me he had sold his horse and saddle for LB. By the Bench—l have no doubt as to prisoner being the person who purchased a ticket. At prisoner’s request Mr. Little was recalled, and in answer to questions by prisoner, said :—I gave you LlB, and deducted 9s. for what you owed. My groom was not present when the money was paid. His Worship cautioned prisoner that the questions he was putting only tended to criminate him. Prisoner replied lire wished to show that ho had only received L 8 for the horse. Prisoner was then committed fear trial. Bail would he allowed —himself in L2OO, and two sureties of Lloo> each. LARCENY OF A. SADDLE. John O’Brien, the same prisoner, was charged with having; stolen a saddle value L 5. Prisoner said he considered the saddle ought to, go with the horse, and pleaded not guilty. TTS a Worship after hearing the evidence saitllio could sot see why two separate

charges had been laid, and lie would dismiss this second case and incorporate it with the horse stealing case. CIVIL CASES. Friedlandor Bros. v. Patton. —Judgment confessed, defendant to pay costs Mitchell and Turner v. McAvey. —Substituted service granted on the Gaoler at Lyttelton. Harris and Ireland v. Baker and Brown.—Mr. Purnell for plaintiff, Mr. O’Beilly for defendant _ Claim Ll2 IGs., for professional services in preparing a lease. The case was a lengthy one, and was decided in plaintiffs’ favor, with costs. Lontjheach’Road Board v. T. Magee. —Claim Tj3 4s. for rates due. Plaintiff pleaded that he was not the owner of one of the sections for which he was rated. His Worship said this was the wrong time and place to object, and gave judgment for the amount claimed with costs.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT Ashburton Guardian, 4 March 1880

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