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ASHBURTON— To-Day. c i i | (Before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P.) I A Rowdy —William Lambert, an old < offender, was charged with drunkenness and abusive language, and also with i violently resisting a constable in the execution of hia duty. Constable Hicks deposed to the violent conduct of the accused, and a witness called by the police gave corroborative evidence. Sergeant Felton said the man had been frequently convicted at Christchurch of similar offences. Fined 20s, or 48 hours’ imprisonment. The Abduction Case. —James Fowler ws|a charged, on remand, with the abduction of Lucy Haines, a girl under the age of; 10 years. Sergeant Felton explained to : His Worship that the case was heard on Wednesday last before the R.M., and an adjournment applied for for a week. His Worship declined to postpone the caso for that period, but had adjourned it for two days ; then, if the Justice thought the fresh evidence which was to be adduced wis sufficiently important he could remand the accused until the following Wednesday. There was a witness in attendance whose evidence might then be taken. Ruth Haines residing at Alford Forest, deposed that she was a married woman, and that the g rl Lucy Mary Haines was the adopted daughter of herself and husband She would be seventeen in March next. She had been with them since she was a fortnight old. The accused had opport mities of seeing the girl when she was at home. She went with witness to Methven on last Sports day, and they remained ojn the ground until evening. Witness then prepared to go home, and called the girl to come, but she refused and ran off with the accused. On the following Monday morning witness proceeded to Methven and saw Fowler, and asked for her daughter. He said he had given her some money and sent her to Dunedin. The witness said “ You are a liar; she knows no one there.” Witness added that she wanted the girl home, and the accused “ stood and laughed at her.” The girl was in the habit of being taken out by the ma i, although he had been forbidden to take her out. She left two LI notes under her pillow when she left home. She took away no clothes but those she had on. Witness Subsequently received the letter produced from the girl. [Letter read.] It stated that the young lady was stopping at Mrs Lancaster’s, Christchurch. The latter was quite well, “ and surprised to hear I was married.” “ Jim,” (the accused), the letter stated, was “ away at Rangiora or somewhere elsewhere.” The girl added ihat she wished her clothes and her two Ll notes sent to her. Letters be addressed to “ Mrs Fowler, Christchurch,” and she “did not intend to return home. The accused was asked if he wished'to say anything, but he merely denied that he had taken the girl away.— Remanded to Wednesday next —Accused asked what bail His Worship would require.— His Worship would accept the accused’s bond for LIOO and two sureties of LSO each. The Court then rose.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 545, 27 January 1882

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 545, 27 January 1882

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