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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.

ASHBURTON.— To-Day. (Before J. N. Wood, Esq., R.M.) Drunk and Disorderly. A first offender was fined 5a ond costs. Edward Jones was mulcted in a similar amount. Henry Miller (out on bail), who did not put m an appearance, was fined LI and costs. Joe Brown, an old offender, was

fined 5s and costs, there being a further charge against him. The Waterton Shootinu Case. — Samuel Norrish, a lad about fourteen years of age, was charged with that he did, on the 20th day of March, feloniously shoot Julia Monroe, at Waterton. Sergeant Felton applied for a remand for eight days, and put in, in support thereof, the certificate of the medical attendant on the girl, showing that she was at present in a very precarious sta*e. On the applibation of the lad’s father he was released on his recognisance of LSO. Alleged Sly Grog-selling. Caroline M'Cann, was charged with having, on the 18th March, she not then being a person so licensed, sold to one Joseph M'Guire one bottle of beer. Mr Purnell appeared for the defendant, and pleaded not guilty. Sergeant Felton conducted the prosecution, and called the following evidence : Joseph M'Guire deponed that on Friday last he came into town, and in the evening went to a house in the outskirts of the town called the “Lean-to.” Could not swear ho saw defendant there, but there were several women present. He had some beer, and paid 4s for the first bottle, jibe cabman who drove witness to the house was present. Witness called for the beer. By Mr Purnell —He was drunk but not so drunk that ho was unaware what he was doing. Could not swear that the defendant served him with any drink ; some person did so, however. Could not state in what manner he paid for the beer, believe the coin he gave was silver. Did not recollect breaking two panes of glass. The women at the house asked him to shout, and he did so, otherwise had no doubt he would not have called for the beer. Constable Smart deponed to serving the defendant with the information at the “ Lean-to,” a brothel, yesterday. Mr Purnell objected to evidence regarding the character of the house kept by the defendant. Such matter was entirely irrelevant. His Worship ruled the evidence admissable, but took a note cf Mr. Purnell’s objection. James Ashby, the cab-driver, who conveyed McGuire to the defendant’s house, deposed to seeing her there. He had a glass of beer, but could not tell who gave it him. Could not say if any of the women had any beer, but saw McGuire drinking. Did not see any money change hands. McGuire asked him to have a glass. It was one of the women who gave the beer to him. This was at about 9.30 p.m. The defendant gave him a second glass of beer in the front room, later on. Was there about an hour and a half. Saw no beer bottles on the

promises. When witness came away from the house he left McGuire there. He was intoxicated before he g)t there, but knew what he was about. Another cab-driver was there. McGuire paid him his fare, 3s, in silver, in the passage after he had the first glass of beer. Witness was a little elevated. By Mr Purnell—McGuire was “pretty well on.” Witness would not have known Mrs McCann gave him the glass of beer had lie not been told so yesterday by a gentleman he met. It was not a policeman in private clothes. Witness did not pay her for- the beer.' Mr Purnell pointed out that, on the evidence, there was not a shadow of a case against his client. Even had there been, there was a fatal objection to the case for the prosecution, which was that, although they had proven the licensing district, the police had not given evidence that she was not licensed under the Licensing Act in force in- : such district. M'Guire’s evidence was such that it could in no event connect the defendant with the sale of the liquor, even if it had been sold to him, in proof of -which there was only his statement of particulars occurring during a period of drunkenness.. He requested a dismissal on these grounds. His Worship dismissed the information, declining to allow the costs of the witness Ashby.

Obscene Language. —Joe Brown was charged with using obsenc language, on Sunday evening last. A witness named Groves proved the offence, and the bench sentenced accused to 7 days hard labor. Dog Registration. —The following defendants were fined Is each and costs, for keeping unregistered dogs :—S. Lucas, E. M‘Ghee, \V. Cochrane, R. Swan, J. Dow, R. Johnson, and B. Broomfield, Stephen Potter, and Joseph Ward, were fined 5s and costs, fora similar offence. The cases against F. Duncan, W. Randle, and T. Bullock, on similar informations were dismissed, the defendants proving that the dogs were either registered prior to the visit of the police, or destroyed subsen uently.

CIVIL CASES, Montgomery and Co. v, Robinson. — Claim LI Os Gd. Mr Purnell for the defendant. Plaintiff nonsuited with costs.

Same v. Rogers.—Judgment summons. Defendant ordered to pay amount of judgment, Lll 15s, by monthly instalments of LI each, a similar amount to be paid forthwith or, in default, one month’s imprisonment, Hurly v. Gates.—Claim L 5. Mi Branson for defendant. His Worship nonsuited the plaintiff with costs.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 299, 22 March 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 299, 22 March 1881

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