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A LOVER IN HOT WATER. At the Supreme Court yesterday, Charlotte, Wright and Charlotte Scarborough ■ were charged with assaulting one W. HHossiter at Akaroa, on the the 24th November, by throwing hot water over him. It appeared from the evidence that Hossiter had been courting Mrs. Scarborough, more, however, for her money than her charms. He had been received with a certain amount of favor to begin with, but his attentions had soured considerably upon the fair one, and had become particularly distasteful to Mrs. Wright (Mrs. Scarborough’s niece). The former was in the garden, hanging out clothes on the occasion of Rossitev’s visit on the 24th November. She enticed him into the wash house, and then soused him with hot water. The water was not very hot, but its heat was more real than wasthe affection of Hossiter for Mrs. Scarborough, and out of the sousing, the case before his Honor arose. His Honor said the affair was a most trumpery one, and the magistrate who allowed it to go to the Supreme Court, simply did not know his duty. It would have to go to the jury, however ; and the jury returned a verdict of “Guilty.” His Honor dressed down Hossiter most scathingly—calling him a mean, despicable fellow, who would not be allowed any expenses. He had annoyed the women with a view to obtain money, and had lied in the witness box. The women had received muck provocation, but they had no right to take the law into their own hands. They would be sent to prison with ha? d labor, for one day. THE METUVEN FORGERY CASE Herman Cooper, the man who was remitted from Ashburton on a charge of forging Mr. Robert Patton's signature to a cheque for Ll 3 45., and refused to give his name, signing simply the word “ Edward,” was found guilty, and sent to prison for eighteen months. LARCENY FROM A DWELLING. William Smith, for stealing goods from a dwelling at Lyttelton was sent to prison for eighteen months, and Robert Grant got twelve months for a theft of Ll 5 from a house at Sydenham. BURGLARY James Robinson alius Pearce was found guilty of breaking open a bouse and stealing therefrom. He got three years, and Alfred Forest was acquitted of a similar offence, alleged to have been committed in Lyttelton. UNLAWFULLY WOUNDING. The White Hart Hotel stabbing case was heard. The prisoner Charles Johnston was found guilty of wounding Mathew Charles Shepherd, but under great provocation, and sentence was deferred till this morning. CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH. The Grand Jury found a true bill against Sarah JBrimniicoinb for concealment of birtli. [By Telegraph.] Christchurch, To-day. Charles Johnston, for stabbing, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, and Samuel Mayfield, for forgery, to two years. Sarah Brimmicomb, for concealment of birth, got six months’ imprisonment, and George Nome was acquitted of a charge of indecent assault. For horse stealing, Peter Hayland was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, and a further six months for prison breaking.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 233, 4 January 1881

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THE SUPREME COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 233, 4 January 1881