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ASHBURTON— To-Day. (Before Mr J. N. Wood, R.M.) Drunkenness. —An inebriate was fined 6s, or twenty-four hours. Another offender was discharged with a caution, and a third, remanded for three days, to give him time to “ get it.” A Lucky Escape. —T. Watson, a swagger, was charged with stealing about a dozen and a half of saveloys, the property : of William Miller, of the City Butchery, Wills street.—The prosecutor said he left the butchery last night about 8.30, when everything was secure. On returning some time afterwards, he saw a man jump out of the back window and bolt. ■ Witness followed him across the tussocks, and asked him what he was doing at the butchery. He said, “ Why, you wouldn’t lock me up for stealing a little meat, would you ?” Witness informed the police.—ln reply to accused, prosecutor said that he had seen him loitering about the shop all day, watching the premises.—Accused; “ Well, I was watching a friend who was very drunk, and 1 was afraid lest he should be locked up; that was aIL I was never in such a position before. I am an honest working man, a baker by trade.—ln reply to Sergeant Felton, prosecutor said be had known accused for five or six years. Believed he was a baker by ■ trade. Had known him in Invercargill, where he was the associate of prostitutes.—The accused asked prosecutor whether he did not remember asking him for employment in Invercargill, and his telling him that he would see what he could do for him —The prosecutor said he certainly did not remember anything of the kind.—Constable Neil deposed to arresting accused near the Central Hotel last night on this charge. Ho said, “ You surely would not arrest me for stealing a little pit of meat. Took him into custody and removed him to the lock-up.—The accused when asked by his Worship what ho had to say to the charge, began to whimper and exclaim against the hardness of his lot in being suspected of anything so base as stealing sausages.— His worship was apparently touched by this grief, for he told the accused he might go on the understanding that he cleared out of the town at once. Thereupon the suspected one’s face cleared up, and mumbling his thanks he beat a hasty retreat with as little loss of time as possible.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881