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ASHBURTON. —To-day. (Before Joseph Beswick, Esq., R.M.) Drunk in a Railway Carriage.— George Jameson, who was charged with being drunk in a railway carriage, admitted the offence, but as the police reported that Jameson had a through ticket to Dunedin, and had not created any disturbance or annoyance while in the train, he was lot off with the light penalty of 6s.

Drunk on Licensed Premises.— Richard Lancaster pled guilty_ to a charge of being drunk on certain licensed premises, and was fined ss. Habitual Drunkenness. —The same offender was also arraigned as an habitual drunkard; and the Sergeant of Police applied to his Worship for an order prohibiting the publicans of Ashburton and surrounding districts from supplying the delinquent with drink. Mr Beswick made the order, the same time reminding Lancaster, who made no objection, that these prohibitory measures might be the means of saving his. life, and womd result in much comfort and benefit to his

family. An Old Offender. —Rolannah Hill, an old offender,* who wept bitterly, was fined 5s for being drunk. Tee Stabbing Case. —Par Petersen was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Joseph Capstick with a pocket-knife, with* intent to do him grievous bodily harm. The prosecutor appeared with a bandaged head, and explained that he wa? walking with the accused on Wednesday night, when they had a difference of opinion, and Petersen pulled out his pocket-knife and stabbed him on the head and arm. The knife went right through the arm. The accused was remanded until to-morrow. Alleged Assault on a Female. —Fred. Howard was charged with assaulting, one Ellen Jones.—Sergeant Felton explained that Howard had been arrested on a warrant, having failed *to answer the first summons to the Court.—Remanded until to-morrow. —Accused : What bail will you allow, sir?—His Worship: Under the circumstances of the case, I will not allow any bail at all.—The accused was removed in custody. [Mr Beswick hero left the Bench, and his Worship the Mayor and Mr_T. Bullock, J.P., took their seats upon it.] Another Habitual Dkujskand. —Jos. Sloan was charged as above, and a prohibition order made. Borough By-laws. Several small fines were inflicted for breaches of Borough By-laws. CIVIL CASES. Mr Branson made an application that certain moneys received by one Alex. Meharry in a late civil action of his against Messrs Wilkin and Carter, anc which money had been paid into Court, should be paid over (or sufficient tc satisfy the debt) to Mr Octavius Digby who some time back got judgment against Meharry in a civil case, such judgment not having been satisfied. The amount of Mr Digby’s claim was L 9 odd, the amount paid into Court in the case of Meharry v. Wilkin and Carter being about Ll 5. The order was made for the payment of the sum recovered by. Mr Digby. Allen v. Emerson.—Claim LI ss. Mr Purnell for plaintiff. This was a claim for damage done to plaintiff’s hedge and trees by defendant’s horse. The plaintiff deposed that defendant boarded in a house situatefi upon a section adjoining his, property. There was nothing on the section for the horse to eat, and it came and damaged plaintiff’s trees and hedge by reaching over to get devour. Had asked defendant again and again to tether his horse, but it was not a bit of use. He, yesterday, found the horse at its old games, and thereupon went to defendant and said, “ I wish you ' would keep your horse fastened up. ” The defendant refused to comply with the request, and witness said, “ Yery well, then I shall summon you.” Defendant replied, “Summons away, if you like.” ’Witness went straight away and took out the present summons.—Robert Elston gave corroborative evidence as to the damage done. The belt of trees belonging to plaintiff were a credit to the neighborhood, but nine or ten of them had been completely destroyed, while the appearance of all of them was spoilt. Thought it was a great pity to see so many fine trees ruined. Would consider 25s by no means out of the way as compensation for the damage done. —Thu defendant having been examined and siated that he was a lodger at the house on the section, the Bench observed thai, they could not consider the defendant liable, inasmuch as he was not the owner of the house and section in question. —Mr Purnell was astonished at such an extraordinary objection being raised, and he would, under the circumstances, ask for an adjournment of the case for a week. —The Mayor ; The “extraordinary ” part of the business is on the part of the other side. [A laugh.] If an adjournment is asked for it will be granted, but otherwise plaintiff will be nonsuited.—Mr Purnell : Then I shall most certainly ask for an adjournment.— The case was adjourned for a week. Montgomery v. Broker.—Claim LI Ba. Judgment for plaintiff with costs. Nealas v. Connor.—Claim L2 2s. Judgment for plaintiff with costs. The Court, then rose.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 688, 14 July 1882

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 688, 14 July 1882