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4. ASHBU RTON. —To-Day. (Before Mr N. Wood, R.M.) Drunk and Disorderly. A first offender pleaded guilty to a charge of this description, and was fined 5s or twentyfour hours’ imprisonment.

Breach of the Peace. Martin Costello and Patrick Sullivan were charged with committing a breach of the peace in the public street. Constable Neill stated that accused were fighting near Montgomery’s Buildings on Saturday night last, but they were not very troublesome. Accused pleaded guilty, and both were fined ss. Obtaining Goods under False Pretences. —Charles Bushett was charged with obtaining certain goods from Thomas Riches Hodder, valued at L 7 Os Gd, under false pretences. —For prosecution, Mr Crisp ; for accused, Mr Branson. Thomas Riches Hodder, sworn, said I know the prisoner ; he has been dealing with me for some time past. He had an account with me up to the 9th of the present month. I stopped accused’s credit on that date. I only know from seeing the books tnat he has obtained goods since. Remember being at the Ashburton railway station on Friday evening last. I went there in consequence of a telegram which Mrs Bushett had received, and which aroused my suspicions. Saw Mrs Bushett booking some goods (goods produced). I identify the goods produced as belonging to me, and value them at L 7 Os Gd. They are the goods mentioned in the information. — George Gaukrodger deponed—l am a draper’s asdstant in the employ of Mr T. K. Hodder. Remember Mrs Bushett

coming to me on Saturday evening; Hie l 7th inst., at Mr Hodder’s shop. I lei her i have the goods for inspoci ion. The goods , produced, and a pair of Lemuel's besides, were those she took away. Since that date I have seen prisoner at Milsom’s. That was about the 12th. Had some conversation with prisoner. I said—“ You had better let mo take the goods back to the shop, or pay for them.” Ho replied —“ I have a hundred and fifty pounds coming to mo, and I will call in and pay my account before the cud of the mouth. Went back and told Mr Hoddor, 1 next saw prisoner on the wharf at Lyttelton on Sunday last. Detective Neill arrested prisoner.—By Mr Branson—The accused has been dealing with Mr T. It. Rodder for some time, in whoso employ 1 have been for two years. On Saturday evening Mrs Bushett obtained for inspection—six collars, at Is; suit of clothes, L 3 13s ; pair of trousers, 18s fid ; <a coat L2 ; and a pair of trousers Xl 3s fid ; box of collars lOd. All these goods were obtained by Mrs Bushett for inspection only. I never enter in the book those open for inspection; only those purchased. Cannot say whether the collars entered are those produced. Don’t always enter the goods at once. The goods supplied to Mrs Bushett were sent for approval ; if approved, she was to keep them ; if not, to return them. On the Thursday, when I saw the accused, he said he would keep them. Will not swear that he had not some of the clothes on at the time. These goods were sold on approval on Saturday, the 7th. The receipt produced dated fith of May is not in my handwriting. 1 know Mr Rodder’s handwriting. Don’t know whether Mrs Bushett got any other goods on the date mentioned. The others written in the book are in Mr Alison’s handwriting. I wont to see Bushett to either bring back the goods or the money. I didn’t go to ask "whether ho approved of the goods. Remember telling Bushett that if ho had not worn the articles, Mr Rodder would feel obliged if he would return them, or send the money for them. Didn’t see accused wearing the clothes when I saw him but I believe he bis worn them. Re-examined by Mr Crisp—The reason I did not bring back the goods was because accused said he had Ll6O coming to him. Mr Crisp addressed the Bench, and asked fora remand so as to allow time for . obtaining important witnesses from Christj church, who would prove that accused’s actions showed he had no intention of either returning or payir.g for the goods. 1 Mr Branson replied ou hehalf of prisoner, , and opposed the application for adjournr m ent, on the ground that nothing had , been given in evidence to prove that , accused had not obtained the goods in any ) other way than the ordir.ary eerdit system. —His Worship said he felt there was no : case to go to a jury on, »nd dismissed the I accused.

CIVIL CASKS. Mr Purnell made an application to issue a judgment sumimns in the case of Passmore v. Easby. Gianted. Several civil cases vote adjourned in consequence of non-apptarance of parties.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 346, 17 May 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 346, 17 May 1881

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