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(Before Mr J. N. Wood, R.M.)

Alleged Larceny op Oat Sheaves.— Thomas Corkill and John Kelly, in the employment of John Loudon, farmer, Kyle, were charged with the larceny of a number of oat sheaves, of about the value of ten shillings, the property of Mr Morrow, farmer, South Rakaia.—Mr Purnell appeared for the accused, and Sergeant Felton conducted the prosecution. —James Hastie, in the employ of Mr Morrow, stated that there was a stack of

oat sheaves on the farm, about five or six 1 chains from the road. On Saturday, , October 29, saw two of Mr Loudon’s men , carrying sheaves from the stack to a dray at the side of the road. Asked them if they had seen Mr Morrow about, but they replied that Mr Morrow was not at home. Loudon’s place was about three miles from Morrow’s. Never was asked at any time by the men to sell them oats. One of the men told witness to tell Mr Morrow that he had taken eighteen sheaves, when witness said he was Mr Morrow’s man. A few sheaves would scarcely have been missed from the stack. —Cross-examined by Mr Purnell: The stack was exposed to public view from the road. The sheaves were not disguised at all, and the men showed no disposition to hide them. Believed that payment was going to be made right enough for the sheaves. Understood the men were taking the sheaves away for Mr Loudon, and that he would pay for them. It was not a very uncommon thing in the country for people to take away sheaves in this way. —James Morrow, farmer, Kyle, deposed that neither Mr Loudon nor his men had any authority to remove the sheaves. Had been asked to sell oat sheaves before this, and had refused, as he wanted them all for his own use. Witness considered after hearing the evidence, that the sheaves had been stolen. —J. Loudon, farmer, said the accused were in his employ, and that on the day in question he instructed them to call at Morrow’s and get some oat sheaves. The men came home with twenty-six sheaves, Kelly said they had not seen Mr Morrow, but had seen his man and it was all right. Witness intended to pay for the sheaves. Both the accused were respectable men.— His Worship dismissed the case, remarking that it should never have been brought at all in the form it had, but merely as a civil action. He considered that it was a disgraceful thing that such a case should have been brought. CIVIL CASES. Judgment summons. Hodder v. Compton. Defendant ordered to pay 10s per week, and failing any single payment, to be imprisoned for one month. Walker v. Cass.—Claim Ll 3 ss. Mr Crisp for plaintiff; Mr Purnell for defendant. This was a claim for work and labor done, etc., to wit certain ploughing. Plaintiff claimed for 158 acres of ploughing, and defendant admitted 149£ acres. —Judgment was given for plaintiff for L2 17s, with costs. Orr v. Tulley.—Claim L 4 10s. Judgment for plaintiff with costs. Lancaster v. Broker.—Claim LBlßs Id, 1 for meat supplied. Judgment for plain--1 tiff, for amount claimed with costs. Then Court then rose.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 4 November 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 4 November 1881

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