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Charles Peterson, a Swede, and Carl Brunn, a Dane, were charged yesterday before Mr. - Guinness with violently assaulting Hugh Hewitt, and stealing five one pound notes from him. Cor stable Warring deponed to arresting the two prisoners on the south end of the Ashburton bridge. They were both in a cab, and he charged them with robbing with violence. They said “ You have captured the wrong men.” This was about 3.30 in the afternoon of Thursday. I found on searching them 18a. Gd. on Peterson, but no money on Brunn. At the request' of Peterson, his Worship explained what robbery with violence meant, upon which Peterson professed innocence of such a charge. Hugh Hewitt said he had been employed on the Westerfiold Estate. Got L 7 10s. about 9 o’clock on Thursday morning from Mr. Shearman. Put the money in my trousers pocket. Paid’away one note, and changed another at the bar of the Somerset Hotel. On going out about eleven o’clock in the morning, I fell over the catch of the gate, making myself very dirty. I was in such a state that I went back and got a change of clothes. I went into the wash-house, which is in the backyard of the hotel, to change. Before taking the dirty clothes off, I took five single notes and about a pound’s worth of silver out of my pocket, and put it on the boiler at the side. Joseph Gale assisted me off with the trousers. I put on a fresh pair. While talking to Joe, two men came into the wash-hpuse. Joe said they had no business there. I recognise Peterson as one of the men who came in. Peterson struck mo in the eye, and knocked me down, rendering me insensible. Just before becoming insensible I heard Joe cry out “ you shan’t take his money.” When I came lo my senses the whole of the notes were gone, and some silver also. Ido not remember seeing the prisoners in my life before, or of ever giving them any offence. By prisoner Peterson—l have not seen the money since. I saw you both in the wash-house, but did not see you come in. Joseph Gale deponed—l am a laborer employed at the Somerset Hotel. I know the last witness. I took him to the washhouse on Thursday before dinner to change his clothes. Before taking his dirty trousers off, Hewitt took some notes and silver out of his pocket and put them on the boiler. He was sitting on a small box, and put on clean trousers, during which ti.ue, Peterson came in and hit Hewitt in the eye and knocked him down. The other prisoner got on to him and commenced taking his money. After Peterson came in, Hewitt put the money in his pocket. I called Mr. Hewitt by his name, upon which Peterson made use of a course remark. Neither of the men said anything to me. Brunn took the notes out of prosecutor’s pocket, and four of them fell on the floor, which I took possession of. I saw Brnnn’s hand in Hewitt’s pocket while the latter was on the floor. When the notes fell I ran out with them to Mr. Shearman. The washhouse is in a portion of the yard not open to the public. The next time I saw the prisoners was when I was in company with the police. They w’ere in a cab, coming over the bridge. Hewitt was very drunk. James Owld, sworn—l am cook at the Somerset Hotel. I saw Joe and Mr. Hewitt in the wash-house about 10.30 a.m. on Thursday. I saw the two prisoners go in about tea minutes afterwards. I think they were ill the wash-house about half hour. Hewett was intoxicated when he went in. The prisoners came out of the wash-house very quietly and went into the tap-room. They w r ere slightly under the influence of liquor. The door of the wash-house was closed while they were in. George Millar depoded—l am barman at til 3 Tinwald Hotel. Saw prisoners at about three o’clock on Thursday at the Tinwald Hotel. Peterson gave me a pound note, out of which to pay for three drinks. They then went away in a cab in the direction of Ashburton. Robert Shearman, sworn—l am proprietor of the Somerset Hotel. I paid Mr. Hewitt seven LI notes and ten shillings in silver about eight o’clock op Thursday morning. At about 12.30 I received four LI notes from Gale. I saw prosecutor at about ten o’clock, at which time he was sober- There is a wasji-fiouge in my back yard for the use of servants exclusively. The prisoners had come to board at my house the night previously. I could not identify the notes which I gave to Hewitt in the morning. This concluded the case for the prosecution, and after being cautioned by his Worship, Peterson said that on Thursday he was in Shearman’s bar drinking. He missed his mate, and on going into the yard to look for Brunn, he found Joe and Hewitt in the wash-house, and on going in enquired who was going to shout, upon which the prosecutor said he would shout, and said that- Peterson should have the first drink. Hewitt then gave him a slap across the face, and on Peterson enquiring whether he meant it, said yes, upon which Peterson gave him a blow, but not sufficient to knock him down. Hewitt sat down with his hands before his face, and the accused then went out and found his mate lying on the table in the dining-room. Peterson asked Brunn if he had sufficient money for a drink. Brunn told him to feel in his pocket, and he found a note. Both of them took a cab and went to the hotel by the bridge, where accused said he shouted for himself and the cabman. They then divve out to Tinwald,’to get wages for work which they had done there. They had drinks at the Tinwald Hotel with another man. Peterson said that the pight before they each got a note frouj Mr. Shearman. He had spent his, but R >yas with Brunn’s note the drinks were obtained, The prisoner Brunn declined to make any statement. His Worship committed prisoners for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court to be held at Christchurch,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 106, 29 May 1880

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ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE BY TWO FOREIGNERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 106, 29 May 1880