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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.

<9— Tuesday, May 4. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.) DRUNKENNESS. Henry Miller was charged with crossing the railway line while in a state of intoxication. Prisoner pleaded guilty and was fined 10s. VAGRANCY. William Tracey was charged with this offence. Sergeant Felton said that he had seen prisoner turned out of the Royal Hotel, and the man being very drunk, lie had arrested him. There were also charges against him for begging. John Toppin, barman, at the Royal Hotel gave evidence to the effect that the accused was a great nuisance 5 he had been turned out of the hotel about twenty times. He was also in the habit of soliciting drinks from

others. Arthur Power corroborated the evidence of the last witness. Sergeant Pratt said ho had known prisoner in Christchurch, where he had frequently been convicted for drunkenness. This was the first time, however, that lie kr.ow of the accused being before the Bench for vagrancy. T3ic prisoner said he was very sorry for his conduct, and intimated that he had been well acquainted with Mr. Toppin while ho was head gaoler at Lyttelton, a reference which was not very likely to help him in his present position. His Worship sentenced Tracey to one month’s imprisonment. A NEIGHBOUR QUAEEEL. William Bartlett was charged on the information of Anne Morse with having used profane and abusive language towards her. Mr. O’Reilly appeared for the plaintiff. The evidence showed that there had been very much unpleasantness between the parties over an account which was owing by the plaintiff to the defendant. Bartlett, who is a milkman, stated that when he applied for the money, the plaintiff threw out insinuations about Ids having adultered the milk with water, a remark which, naturally, irritated him, and the language complained of, according to Mrs Morse’s testimony, was then made use of. Bartlett was also accused of assaulting Mrs. Morse, by attempting to strike her. The evidence on both the charges was very conflicting. His Worship fined Bartlett 10s. and costs, LI 6s. for the first offence. On the second charge, Mr. Guinness thought there were faults on both sides, and bound over the parries to keep the peace towards one another for the space of six months, in sureties to the amount of L3O. CIVIL CASES. Clark v. Whitelaw. —Claim LOS. Judgment by default for amount and costs L2 10s. 4d. Wakanui Road Board v. Hoatten.— Claim L 4 ss. Bd. for rates, Mr. Wilkie, as rate collector, appeared on behalf rf the Board. Judgment for amount and costs ss. Same v. Quartermann. —Claim L 4 ss. Bd. for rates. Judgment for amount and costs 55., to be paid in a fortnight. Longbcaeh Road Board v. Willcooks. Claim, L 5 for rates. Air. Cuthbert, as collector, appeared on behalf of the Board ; Mr. Crisp for defendant. The defence was that no notice to pay bad been received, and no demand made for the amount. Air. Cuthberfc’s evidence went to show that the notice had been left at defendant’s place of residence, and as the Act had thus far been complied with, his Worship gave judgment for plaintiffs, with 14s. costs.

Edmiston, Gundiy and Co. v. Carter. Claim, L 5 2s. for goods supplied. Mr. Purnell for defendant. This was a disputed account, the defendant admitting having received goods only to the amount of LI 7s. 7d., which sum had been paid into Court. The plaintiffs wei’e not in attendance, and his Worship gave judgment for the amount paid into Court, the defendant’s expenses to be borne by the plaintiffs.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, 6 May 1880

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