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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.

ASHBURTON.— To-day. <// (Before Mr. Nugent Wood, R,.M.' r .: / , ; BOBBKKV. ' George ' Wilson, alius Douglas, „ A was charged with the larceny of LIT,' Ilia” property of Frederick Neill, and also with the robbery of L 3 ffom-the df'Mrs. Hill, la Woman of bad ' •' ■•/ Frede’riclr Neill, laborer, said hh was now residing in'Ashburton. On the 13th instant, had sahum ofi L2O in hik possession. It was in two LlO notes on the Bank of New "Zealand. Changed one' of the notes in the HoteL t^' r barman, E! Oughton, giving me back aLS note, four LI notes,-half a sovereign, and some silver. I put tha money into a pocket-book, and the pocket-book into the right hand pocket of a sleeved waistcoat 1 was then wearing. Prisoner Was In Shearman’s bar when I got the change. When I left, prisoner followed mo down the street to Duncan Mackenzie’s Hotel. This .was before noon., In (bo Ashburton Hotel I went into the commercial pooui'

had some drinks. I went to sleep on a’spfa, but, previous to that, prisoner was sitting on the right hand side of me. When .1 .woke up prisoner was gone. I had si dpi about half an hour perhaps. I missed all the notes from my pocket-book about eight f o’clock in the .evening. I know nothing about prisoner, and I cannot say if I invited him to drink with me. By prisoner—l don’t’ know that I ever drank with you iu my life. Edward Oughtou, sworn —I am a barman. Saw prisoner in the Somerset Hotel about eight o’clock on the morning of the 13th instant. Efe had: breakfast at the hotel. He did not pay for it. Prisoner remained at the hotel till about noon. Last witness, changed a tempound note at the hotel. I gave him amongst other change, a five-pound note, which was similar to the one produced. He put the money in his pocket. Saw another note in last witness’s pocket; which he said was another ten-pound one. Prisoner was presehf, sitting on a form when I changed the note. Neill, stayed for about half an hour, and immediately afterwardsprisoner left also. Prisoner did not spend any money while at the hotel in the morning. About 4.30 he came back, and after tea “shouted” for myself, the cook, and waiter.

- Francis O'Neill, sworn—l am boots and waiter at the Somerset Hotel. Saw prisoner at the hotel on the morniag of the 13:h. He had breakfast, hut did not pay for it. He had no money. Tho evening before, accused asked mo for some tea and a shake-down, as he was on the road looking for a job, : He did not stop at the hotel that night. Saw accused next morning at G. 30, and he had breakfast there. On the 13th, about noon, saw the witness O’Neill in the bar, and prisoner was there at the same time. _ Neill went, away, and prisoner left immediately afterwards. Prisoner came back to tea, and after tea, I saw him spending money. Later ori fn the evening, saw accused in Wadsworth’s, up-stairs. Saw him along with a young woman, who accused prisoner of robbing her. I went for Constable Neill, as I knew he was outside.. Went back with the contable, and saw him arrest r accused on a- charge of robbery. Prisoner .was violent, and was handcuffed by Constable Neill. Saw the latter search accused, and some money was found in his trousers, pocket. Do not remember accused making any remark. William Kennedy deponed—Am a laborer, residing in Ashburton. _ Saw accused on the 13th in a chair, sitting beside prosecutor j in the commercial room of the Ashburton Hotel. Neill was sitting on a corner of the sefa, to the left of prisoner. Went to dinner, and when I returned prosecutor was laying on the sofa, apparently asleep, and prisoner still in the same position. There were three other persons in the room. All, with the exception- of prisoner and Neill went out when the dinner bell rang. Neill was wearing a sleeve vest with pockets in it. Saw the pocketai : -■> Anne Hill, sworn—l live at a house kept by a man named Wadsworth. Remember the night of the ,13th. . Accused came into Wadsworth’s house. First saw him in the kitchen. He was showing his money on the table. He had a ten-pound note, a five-pound nbte f and a oile-pound note. Shortly afterwards I went upstairs. Accused followed me up, and asked for the change pf.a five-pound note,, so (hat he could give liis mate some. Told him I would see and I took my purse put. Prisoner began feeling in his stocking and in his boot. He then caught hold of me, and told me I had robbed him of his money. X called for some one to go for the police and soon afterwards Constable Neill came upstairs and arrested prisoner. The handcuffs were put on- him, and he was searched by Constable Neill who found a note in his pocket. Constable Robert Neill, sworn—Remember the' night of 13th January. About 11 30 T was outside Wadsworth’s house, when ! heard a noise inside. Went round to. the back and saw Frank O'Neill. Went upstairs into the front room. Prisoner, two women, and a man named Saunderson were in the room. I said; to Mrs. Hill “Anne, what’s the matter.’, She said, “ This man (pointing to prisoner) has robbed me.” I asked her if she had got the money- back again. Prisoner' answered, “Yes.” Asked prisoner if ho had any more money' pn him, .when he -replied No.” _ Told him I should look, and searched, his trousers pockets. Accused had his - hands in his pockets, and both hands were shut. Took his left hand out of .his trousers pocket, and told'him to open his,hand. He would not, and.on my forcing it open, I found a one-pound note. Prisoner said, “ Remember, you have got LI7 of,my money.” Cabled,l the two women, and showed them that I only'had a single note. I arrested prisoner, who was very violent, and he said ho had robbed no one. Before I arrested prisoner he said that . the matter, could be squared. On the way to the police station, accused offered me a pound to let him go; 'Replied, “ Not Jo-day, baker.” Ho offered 'me B2; and asked that the handcuffs • might. be . taken off. Again declined. Prisoner then offered me LlO, and l reffiged again. At the police station fold Sergeant Felton that 1 had arrested prisoner for robbery arid violence from Mrs. Hill, and said that the accused answered-tho description of the man given by Neill, who also had been robbed. Suggested to the Sergeant that accused should be searched. Prisoner said he had no money on him, and made some other-remark which 1 cannot remember. Prisoner refused to strip, when his were taken off for him. Found a pound note in his coat pocket. Prisoner said to the’ Sergeant, “ You don’t want my boots off, do you.” ; The Sergeant said; - “ Certainly. ” In the left boot, the Sergeant found a ten pound and five pound note, produced., Accused laughed, and made some remark when the

money was taken out of his boot. By Prisoner— At the time you were in the room T only took a LI note from you. Did not find a LlO note in your pocket. I did not suggest to you that L 3 would square the matter with the girl. Prisoner—Then a policeman can swear anything. Anne Hill,rd-isallod, examined by prisoner—l heard you say to Neill you had no money. Did not hear you-accuse Neill of haying Lli> or Ll 7of yours-; ■, . Sergeant Felton, sworn—About 12 o’plpck op tha night of the 13tli hist, Constable Neill' brought prisoner handcuffed to the lock-up. In reply to a question, the Constable said he had arrested accused for robbing Ariiie'Hill, and asked me if I did not think the prisoner answered the :dbsorip(ion 'given by the man-Neill, who had been robbed, and suggested searching accused. Constable Neill, said that all the monjy he could find dm'accused was a LI note.' ’ Told the constable to search accused. Prisoner said, You lie too fast ; you have taken alTmy money.” Prisoner {asked if I, wanted his boots off, and I fold him every- - In one, of .prisoner’s; boots I found some notes. Constable Neill said, ‘‘That must be the money it just answers the description,” alluding to the money stolen frOM'Neill. * 'Prisoner laughed, ahd made a coursa rdmark in a- low : tone. He had been,drinking/and^was'about half drunk. •By accused—Do not know Who put the money irt' your boot; ' l ' .u Accused—That constable putthemoney in my boots. He took the money from, me in the house, and then put them in the boot.

Prisoner was/committed fop trial on the charge of robbing Neil, butaftef hearing" (librSeqcirtd chsCrge/-Ihat of {robbery with violence from the person of Annie Hilh-/lii9 Worship said, there qouidhe. no. doubt ot tlm.i assault, hut. no felonious igtent was proved, and the case would he dismissed.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 243, 15 January 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 243, 15 January 1881

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