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SOUTH RAKAlA— Yesterday. (Before 0. Whitefoord, Esq., R. M.) Drunk and Disorderly. —J. Boswell was charged with being drunk and behaving in a disorderly and disgraceful maimer at the South Rakaia Hotel. Accused pleaded guilty to the first charge, but denied the second. A tele mam was received from Mr Ireland asking for the case to be adjourned, as ho had missed the train. —The request was not granted. —Robert Wilson gave eviden o to the effect that defendant came to tho bar in a mad state, and wanted to fight anyone. Ho had not had a drink in the house, and witness was ordered by the barman to put him out, as he had torn one man’s coat off, and insulted everyone in the place.—Thomas Leap, barman at the hotel, stated that at about G o’clock in the morning Boswell came in and wanted to fight everyone, ho had him turned out, but he got in again at the back door, and commenced fighting. There was a fight outside, and it was finished outside. Ho did not know that his (Boswell’s) jaw was broken till told of it afterwards. Witness denied striking the defendant. —Joseph Steward said he was passing and heard loud talking. On going inside ho found a lot of men fighting. The barman said—“ Give it the -, it only serves him right.”— The police stated that, defendant was a quiet and orderly man generally—The defendant stated that he had attended an Orange meeting the night before, and had kept up till daylight. —Tho Bench, taking into consideration the fact that defendant had received injury, and his previous good conduct, fined him LI, and costs 7a 6d, Breach ok the Licensing Act, —J. C. Howell, licensee of the South Rakaia Hotel, was charged with permitting disorderly conduct in his licensed house on tho 9th inst. Accused pleaded not guilty. —Tho charge arose out of the circumstances detailed in the last case, and the same witnesses were called for the prose- j

cution.—David Campbell, stated that he went to the hotel on the morning in question, and Boswell came from behind the bar and went for one of the men who entered with him. The blow was returned, and the barman then jumped over the bar and did nothing but look at th ' H ’it. [This witness was cautioned by the Joouch for giving impertinent answers ] He did not attempt to stop the fight. B 'swell struck him on the back of the head, and he left hearing quarrelling.—For the defence : Thomas Leap, who had charge of the house on that morning, stated that he tried to stop the fight. He had received instructions from the landlord to call in the police in case of disturbance —R. Wilson stated that Boswell was taken to the dining-room, and there slept for twenty minutes after the first fight. Ho had not heard Leap make use of any bad language. The defendant was fined L 5 and costs, and the judgment ordered to be endorsed on his license.—Leap and Campbell asked for their expenses, but the Bench declined to allow them. CIVIL CASE. Morgan and Hibbs v. Goldsmith—There was no appearance of the defendant. Judgment was given for the amount claimed (L3l Is sd) and costs of Court.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 829, 29 December 1882