RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
Tuesday, Arrau 20. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.)
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. John Connor was charged with being drunk and disorderly, using obscene language, and violently resisting the arresting constable. Constable Beaumont stated he arrested the prisoner on Saturday night near the Post-office, in the vicinity of which he had been creating a disturbance. The prisoner used most offensive language, and his conduct was so violent that assistance had to be procured to handcuff him. Connor said that he considered he was too drunk on the occasion to have caused all the annoyance detailed by the constable. For being drunk and disorderly a fine of 40s. was inflicted, or 48 hours’ imprisonment; for using obscene language a like penalty was inflicted ; and for resisting the constable, prisoner was committed for one month with hard labor. John Kirk, “believed he was toight,” and was strengthened in that conviction on having to contribute 10s. to the colonial exchequer, or resign his liberty for the usual 48 hours. BREACH OF THE RAILWAY BY-LAWS. Constable Rouse was charged with an offence against the railway by-laws, inasmuch as he quitted a railway carriage while the same was in motion. William Bachelor, railway guard, gave evidence to the effect that the constable had jumped off the train near Dunsandel, while the same was going at the rate of about twelve miles an hour. Another gentleman had jumped off the train at the same time, but the railway authorities had laid no information against the latter party. * Constable Rouse, in defence, said he thought the train was nearing Selwyn instead of Dunsandel, and as he had duties to perform there, and was not certain whether the train would stop there or not, he had jumped off. The party who had got off the train at the same time had complained to Mr. Back that he (the witness) had induced him to do so, but such was not the case. Mr. Ireland, speaking as an amicus curica submitted the constable being an officer of the Government and on public duty, was at perfect liberty to jump off the train at any time when the necessity arose in the same way as a guard or other railway officer did. His Worship said he could not understand the action of the railway authorities in not proceeding against the other culprit who had jumped off the train at the same time as the constable, but as the latter admitted the offence, he would merely inflict the nominal fine of Is. CIVIL CASES. Mr. Purnell drew the attention of the Court to the great inconvenience occasioned to himself and clients by the absence of the officers of the Court. He did not blame the officials themselves, but certainly thought some better arrangements should be made for the proper transaction of the business of the Court. His Worship said the arrangemenfs were made by Government, and no matter how anxious he might be to get through the business, he was unable to do so, in consequence of the clerk and bailiff being absent on other duties. Mr. Purnell drew attention to one case in which both plaintiff and defendant were present, and as the parties had come from a long distance, he requested his Worship to proceed with the case. On his Worship observing that there seemed nothing to interfere with the particular case being entered into, it was at once proceeded with. Jenkins and another v. Cameron.— Claim L4B for wages. Mr. Purnell for plaintiffs ; Mr. O’Reilly for defendant. In this case the plaintiffs sued for work done at 7s. per day, but the defendant objected to the amount, ai’guing that the work had been agreed to be done by contract. A question of arbitration had been entered upon, but ithad come to no satisfactory conclusion, and hence the action. His Worship gave judgment for the amount claimed and costs, amounting in all to L 54 10s.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 90, 22 April 1880
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 90, 22 April 1880
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