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At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Kaiapoi, yesterday morning, before C. Whitefoord, Esq., R.M., and Caleb Smith, Esq., Mayor, William Hart was charged with feloniously assaulting a girl under ten years of age.—Mr Superintendent Brohara prosecuted ; Mr M. Nalder appeared for the girl’s father. The accused was undefended, and tpleaded “Not Guilty.”—The fatheil of the girl deposed that her age was bight years on August 26. —The little jgirl who was assaulted stated that she vfas eight years of age, and had seen | the accused on Saturday last. She identified him as the man in the dock.* She was playing in the street with her brothers and sisters, when the accused came up, and gave them all three isome lollies. He asked her to show him Mr Hurse’s place, and she went with him, unaccompanied by her comp mions, to point it out. When I they {ot down on the mud bank op- ! posite Mr Hurse’s the accused hit her I on the lace and hurt her very much, I knocking her down. She could not remen'iber more. [Offence described.] The man went away, but she remained until alter dark. Some people found her. -James Hurse, J.P., deposed to going in search, with others, ot the child. Found her near his own house, and then made one of a party to pursue the accused. Found him at his house at 3.30 the next morning, when he was arrested. —After some further evidence, the accused was fully committed to take his trial at the next session of the Supreme Court.

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THE OUTRAGE AT KAIAPOI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 538, 19 January 1882

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THE OUTRAGE AT KAIAPOI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 538, 19 January 1882

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