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DRUNKENNESS.

J. T. Arndale, a young men who hac only been In the colony a few months and who had been before the Ooort thrci times. weeEaed 40a fcr having boon druni wbllo In charge of a horse. _ , • William Bracken alias William Taylor, wes convicted and discharged on j eba?ee <f dronfcooncßS and for having made use of obsoeno language was ordered to be Imprisoned for seven daye. Three first offenders were fined 5a with oat coets, with the alternative of 24 houra Imprlflonment. AXIJGM) UNLAWFUL WOUNDING. Bartholomew Kane, wan brought op on remand, charged with having unlawfully wouaded one Peter Oopeland, on veo. 13, Mr Clayton appeared for accused.— The following evidence was called :- DrJ . M. Tweed said that on the 24th Deoembec he examined a man named Peter O^pelaod. He had a wound on his right hind and wrist extending from the k uskles to the joint cf the wriat. The wound was •light at the knu ikies and deep at the wriat. There was a amah wound on the baok of the man's bead, two wounds on bis right tbißb, one a deep punctured one, and the other an Indeed one. through the ■kin only. There were holea iv the trousers corresponding to tbe wounds on tho thigh. The man moat have bled freely from all the wonnds, and he had the appearance of having lost a good deal of blood; II wis half-pant nine In the morning of the 24th when witness saw Copeltnd, and hla clothes were saturated with blood. The woundi might have been canaed by any sharp Instrument that on the hand was caused by a alaah rather thin a atab, one of those on the thigh appeared to have been a stab. The wound on the head might have been closed by a fall or a blow.-By Mr Clayton : Had not seen Oopeland slnoo the morning of the 24tb, when the wounds were dressed. Did not order Oopeland Into the Hospital, but advised him to go there. The man talked; coherently, and was sober, bat he looked as IfhßWii " suffering t recovery." Oopeland did not ny where he slept on the previous night. —By the polloe : The wound on the wrist waa abont six Inches long, that on the soalp was about three quarters of an inch 1 Xbog, one ifound on the thigh was half an inch deep, the other merely penetrated the skin.— Pefer Oepeland, cock, In the employ of Mr C. J. Harper, said that on Sunday last be was on his way to Wm. Mnnro's place, m Green Lane,Hamp6kad. It was between eleven and twelve at eight. Kane caught him by the throat, and knooked him down. He was then ■tabbed m tht» hand by a knife. Witness attributed the wound on his head to the blow he received when knocked down. Witness asked Kane if be intended killing witness, and Kane replied that he was going to do so. Witness crawled away ontilde tbe fenoe and crossed the road and stayed there, lor some time, he did not know how long. He then went to Mnnro's and laid down In a tent at tbe baok. He went to Kane's place, because he mistook it for Munro'o. He thought Munro's place was distant five or six chains from Kane's. Witness knew the locality well, because he generally stayed with Mnoro When la towu. As far as witness remembered be went through a gateway when be went to Kane's place. He went round to the back of the house, meaning to -go m, and it was when he was at the back of the house that he was knocked down. Dr. Tweed dressed the wounds. Witness did not enffee from the wounds, bat he feit sore about the ribs and baok. Witness never had a quarrel with Kane, and was never at his house before. Did . not know that be lived there,— "By Mr Clayton: Munrohad given witness permission to stay m an empty house adjacent to his own. It was this house that witness mistook Kane's for. The back door of the empty house was generally open. Witness did not try to open Kane's door, because he was knocked down before he got to the door. Had aoaae drink that night, and was somewhat 41 hazy." Did not remember seeing any body m tbe garden before he was struck. It might hare been possible that witness tried to open the door, but he did not remember doing so. Kane might have opened the door and said " what do you want," but if be did witness did not remember it. It waa possible witness pnsbed tbe door. He was oonvlcoad that he bad got to the right house and had made op his mind to go In. Did not remember Kane telling him that he was &t tbe wrong house, and that he bad batter go away, nor did he remember Kane inviting him m. Witness thought he heard a noise of voices m the house, as if a quarrel was going on. Witness knew a woman who used to live Id the hbuse occupied by Kane. Wltneea had been to the honsa two or three times when this woman lived there. Did not think he aver took any girls there— he did not remember doing so. It was a long time alnoe he had been to tbe house, now occupied by Kano. Witness did not go to the house on the evening of the 23rd for any Improper purpose ; be mistook It for Monros empty house, Witness had never been to the house for Improper purposes. When witness was attacked be Atd no weapon ; he did not see a shove), and he had no struggle with anyone. Ho did not try to go into the bouse as far as be reoolleoted. The police sent witness to tbe hospital J he did not want to go there, and only stopped abont an hour. Witness was at (be Central Hotel on Monday evening, and then expressed his willingness to settle tbe matter. Witness went to Kane's house on Thursday, and asked to see Kane, who was not m. He was willing to settle the oase— he was now willIng to aettle It. There was no malice, and witness w«a satisfied that the whole thing wai a mistake from beginning to end, Witness would be perfectly willing to ■ettle the thing by going away from Aehburton, but he sop posed that if he did that tbe police would bring him baok. He '■aw Kane at the Commercial Hotel on Thursday evening, and desired to settle the matter. Kane, however, declined to btve any communication with him. By the Bench: If witness had been sober he would not bave made the mistake of going Into Kane's house.— Bridget Ellen Cashmere, wife of Henry Cashmere, lived on a road leading Into Green Lane, and about fifty yards from Kane's house. On the night of the 23rd, between 11 and 12, Kane had » row with bis wife. About twenty minutes afterwards witness and kef husband heard Kane's voice. They went to tbe poroh and beard Kane aay to a man, *' What brought you here." The man replied that he wanted to get to Monroes place. Kane sad, "I'll have your life before you go away: what brought you to my place?" The man again said' he wanted to get into Monro's house, md thought he was In the plaoe. The man also said, " Don't kill me, I have never said anything wrong to you '" ■ Witness looked out through a window In the porch toward Ktne's plaoe and saw a man lying down, and beard him meaning. Kine then went Into his own house, ]e»ving the man lying ontslde tho Rate, on the fSotpatb.— By Mr Clayton : Did not tee Kane strike Oopeland. Knew Copeland by sight. Previous to Sunday night had not seen Copeland for four or five years. Witness heard something going on at the corner of the bouse, and Kane put Copeland out on the footpath. D d not See Kane etrike Oopeland but hoard a straggle, and heard Copeland say, " You htva WHed me cow,"— Henry Caibnjer--JaibwoJ to? M witoMir. at-?* »rl

dence of a partly corroborative nature. He heard Kane threaten to takeaomebody'e life. He looked through the porch but did not see anything. Ho and hia rife tbought the Kanea wero having a row, and he auggtstcd tohla wife that they should go to sleep and let the Kanes' fight away. Hia wife Bald nothlcg to him about seeing a man lying on the road ; he had no conversation with her about the row that had been going on, If witness had Known that a man was lying aerioua'y Injured on the road ho w-^ulJ hava gone for tho police. No oue told him that amm waa injirod. Witness 1 wlfo wao m the poroh prevloUT to witness bo!r;g U ero, and aim afterwards— Sergt. Felton eaii that on Mondsy December 24 In couaTquerci of a complaint he went to Green lane. The farthest honae on tbe lane from Wakanut Road is oocupied by Kane. About nine feet flora the back corner of the house there was a small pool of blool on the grouad. He traced spots of biood from the end of tbe bouse, through the gate and aoroas the road to the ditoh where there was a pool of blood. From this place witness traced the blood along the road, and on to tho footpath through Monro'e gate, and rouod tho end cf his house to a sma 1 tent at the back, where there was a lot of blood. Ac noon on the same day witness arrested Kane. On reading the warrant to Kane, the latter ea>d he knew nothing about it, adding " I never need the knife, I never caw the man, and I am quite innocent." — This wab tho oaee for the prosecution — Mi Clayton traversed the evidence that had been adduced and asked for an acquittal. — Tho Bench retired, and after an absence of a few minute b committed the accused for trial at tho next sittings of the Supreme Court at Ouristohuroh. Bail was allowed, aocuaed m bis own recognizance of £100 and two sureties of £50 each. The Court then rose.

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DRUNKENNESS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888

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DRUNKENNESS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888

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