RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT
A DEN OE TILTH.
Monday, June 14, 1880. (Before Mr. F. Guinness, R.M.) DRUNK AND DISORDERLY, William Roberts, for being drunk and disorderly, and the additional oftunce of having used obscene language, was fined 30s. for his ill manners, or the usual sacrifice of liberty for a period.
Joseph Barriera was charged with having no lawful visible means of support. Constable Neil deponed to arresting the prisoner in a brothel in Havelock street on the 11th instant, at 11.30 p.m;-, and • charged him with having no lawful visible means of support. There were prostitutes in the house, and one of them told me I was a mean man to arrest the accused. He said his lungs were gone, and he had been living on his heart for the last two years. He said he did not knock men down and rob them. I have known accused for the last two years, and during that time he has always kept a brothel. I have known his house as a house of call for prostitutes. I have never known him do any work, but sometimes he would hawk about blacking. Ho told me when I arrested him that he had sublet the house to a prostitute named Jessie Davis for L 5 a week, and that the rent would be his means of support. Constable Warring, sworn—l know the prisoner. On the 17th of last month, at 10 p.m., I visited a brothel in Havelock street, where I saw the prisoner, and immediately on my entering he hid himself under a bed. E. Higgins, a prostitute, who was nearly nude, was lying on the bed in a state of intoxication. Another prostitute, who was also very drunk, and was using most foul language, was with two men in another room. There were a number of men and women there drunk, and also a lad of about sixteen. Accused said he was the proprietor of the house. The house is notorious as a brothel, and I have seen a number of drunken men and women visit it. Was instructed by Sergeant Felton to visit the house. Thomas Hicks, sworn—l know the prisoner. He lives in a brothel. I have been in the habit of supplying prisoner with bread. I know the house to be one of ill-fame, and have seen lads of sixteen and upwards go there. Alexander Wilson, Sergeant of Police, Christchurch, knew the prisoner for years in Christchurch. Ho has always lived on the prostitution of women, and I ordered him to leave Christchurch cr I would arrest him. He has been the proprietor of a house of ill-fame in Christchurch, touted for men, and used to supply the house with drink. He does no work of any description. His character is utterly bad. He was arrested for larceny in January last, and attempted to poison himself coining from Cashmere. He was laid up for a long time in the hospital, and was convicted and discharged for the larceny, on account of what he had suffered. Sergeant Felton sworn —I visited a shop in Peter street, occupied by the prisoner, in May last, at 10.30 a. m. It was locked up, and a few tins, pies, and dried fish were in the window. Three days after, at noon, I visited it again, and found it in the same condition. 1 know that prisoner kept a brothel in Christchurch and one in Ashburton. I have passed his shop several times, but never saw it open, or any one in it. The house in Havelock street was under police surveillance. Have seen cabs take drunken men thei-e I was present in Court and conducted case against a cabman for obstructing the thoroughfare opposite accused’s house in Havelock street, and the man was fined a pound. Last Saturday prisoner told me he was not able to work, as he had disease of the lungs. He said he had bought good furniture for the house in Havelock street, so as to keep it clean and comfortable, as he could not get a living by working, He said the girls were renting the house, and hoped I would not he hard on him. After prisoner had made a statement, in which he tried to excuse himself, and concucled by saying that in former times he had earned a respectable living, his Worship sentenced him to three months’ imprisonment, with hard labor. A VAGABOND. George Skites was brought up on two charges : the first for being drunk and disorderly, and secondly for being illegally on the premises of Mr. Knight, East town belt. For the first offence he was fined 10s., and the second charge was adjourned until the next sitting of the Court. While in custody, prisoner made several statements to Sergeant Felton to the effect that he had been robbed of his watch, some new blankets, and a valuable fur cap. The man who had robbed him, he said, hak knocked him down, gagged him, and then took his things. A number of persons were brought to him for the purpose of identification, but he failed to point out the culprit, and the Sergeant eventually found out that what he had said was totally false. Tuesday, June 16. drunk. William Smith, charged with being drunk and disorderly said “it was correct,” and was fined 40s. THE BOARDING HOUSE CASE. William Mahoney appeared in answer to the charge of assaulting Samuel Lucas. The case had been heard at a previous sitting of the Court, and had been remanded for the purpose of obtaining the evidence of Constable Smart. This evidence was taken, but it did not materially affect the case ; and his Worship inflicted a nominal fine of 55. , as, although the charge had been proved, yet the conduct of the complainant had been somewhat indiscreet. ALLEGED SHEEP-STEALING. Benjamin Oorrio was brought up on remand, charged with sheep-stealing ; and was defended by Mr. Crisp. Sergeant Felton stated that upon enquiring into the matter, he found that the charges against the accused could not be sustained, and would ask leave to withdraw, the case. Mr. Crisp applied for costs, as the accused had been put to a deal of inconvenience and expense. His Worship said it was beyond his power to award costs, and the information would be dismissed. ILLEGALLY ON PREMISES. George Skites was brought up on remand, charged with being illegally on the premises of Mr. Knight. Joseph Smith, Iraper, gave evidence to the effect that accused had created a disturbance near his premises on Saturday night last, and when asked to leave had refused to do so. He and Mr. Knight had given him into custody. Prisoner had only been recently discharged from Lyttelton gaol, where he had been serving a term for the larceny of a watch, and taking this fact into consideration, along with the man’s well-known habits, His Worship sentenced him to three months’ hard labor. CIVIL GASES. A number of civil cases was held over, in consequence of several parties and solicitors who were interested in them, being absent at the District Court. His Worship said that he would endeavor to prevent the recurrence in future of the two Courts clashing one with the other. It was just possible that by mentioning the matter to Judge Ward, the latter gentleman would have the sitting of the District Court appointed for a day on which the R.M. Court was not usually sitting.
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