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MAGISTERIAL.

ASHBURTON— SATOBDAY.

(Bafore Hia Worship the Mayor, and Major Steward, J Pa )

BBEAKING AND BNTKRINO AND STHAXUfa FROM A DWELLING HOUSB. N«ll Ben Btea *aa charged with breaking Into and stealing from the house of Donald Donaldson Oampball at Someitou on the 14 h Its'; tho sum of 12s 3d,— Sergeant Felton oondaoted the prosecution and oalled Donald Donaldson Campbell, ploughman, Ohertsey, who, belog sworn, deposed that he ooouples a hoaie at Somerton white In the employ of Mr Wilkinson, farmer. On Thursday last, 14th Inst., had come clothing In a box In the house, aJio 12$ 3d— a half •sorerelgn, a fl>rin and a three-penny peloe. The money was In a purse m the box, whloh was looked. Loft the hoasa at about- a quarter to 8 a.m. His mate looked the door and witness saw him pat the key away m a place of concealment, We went away and worked together In the same field. I got baok to the house about a quartet past 12. My mate. Ihomas Stevenion, was there ten minutes before me. On my way to the house 1 met the prisoner about 15 ohalns from the house. He was coming from the dlreotlon of the house, whloh stands In a yard. He was m the paddook at the rear of the bouee. He was not on the public road. When I went into the house I noticed that the box had been moved, and some papers whloh bad been on it soattersd about, T spoke to my mate and. he drew my attention to the faot that the window had been tampered with. There had been a broken pane which had been covered by a piece . of tin. The tin had been lifted snfflolently to admit a man's hand; I then noticed that the leek of the box had been forced and that the catch of the window was open, I examined the box and missed the 12s 3d which it had contained. Tbe coins were similar to those now ahown me. Never saw prisoner before. There la no publlo footpath through the paddook In -w-irfoir prisoner was. He wished m« "Good day" and said be was taking a short out to the threshing mill. There was no threshing mill that I know of m the dlreoHon towards which he waa going. Frank Danlok deposed. Am a laborer working at Mr Makelg'a In the next padHook to Mr Wilkinson's house where last witness Campbell lives. We ran oat of bread on Thursday 14 h, and Akafficy^ quarter past 12 that dayTwenTdown to Campbell's. An I was going I saw a man running, he wa& about 15 chains away from Campbell's In the paddock next to the yard m wbioh the house stands. There {4 no footpath m the paddook. The man was running towards the fenoe on the north aide of the paddook and making toward* Rakaia, Prisoner la the man I saw. : So. soon as he saw me he oeasad running, -and walked. When I got to the bouse Oamp> bell was within. There was no threshing maohlae m the dlreotlon towards wbioh prisoner was going. I was about a ohain away from prisoner. I did not speak to him.

Witness, Campbell reoalled : I first saw Dannlck, the last wltoen, about tea urinates after I aavr prisoner, Danlok wu com'.ng te tbn house when I saw him. Constable Blaok deposed ; Am In charge of Rakala police station. Id oonsequenoe of a complaint made to me about half past two on Thursday, 14th Insfr. by Mr WUklmon, Campbell's employer, I proceeded! towards Mr Wilkinson's reiidenoe, ■ Saw the aooased on the road abont half • tell© away from me. He Immediately came to aoross road down which he turned. I rode with all speed to overtake him, and he tamed back and was retracing/ bli steps along the road on which I flnt saw him. Wben 1 overtook him 1 1 aw that ha answered the description of a man given to me by Me Wilkinson, Stopped him and charged him with breaking Into Campbell'* hat and stealing money therefrom. H» denied the oharge. Immediately searched him and foand the purse prodaoed containing a half sovereign, a florin, a three penny pleoe and a penny. Have no know* ledge of any threshing maohlne being at work m the Immediate vicinity of where I foand the aooased Do not know the aooased. Asked him how he came by the money In his possession. He said he, had ohanged a pound note In a stole at Bakala on the Monday previous. H<» appeared Harried and excited. Aske& him If he hid spent any more money. Ho said he had spent a little money m drink, bat he afterwords contradicted that statement, and said he had spent no money la drink, and that he oonld not account for the balance of the pound,— Witness Oamp* bell again re-oallod. The parse whion bad contained the money wbfeh £ have missed was left m the box. The parse (taken from prisoner) now shown me la not the same. — This was the case for the police.— John Olf Gaarder deposed, I am an assistant m Messrs Hardy and Ob.'a store, Rakala, Remember you (prisoner) coming to the store In the' early pact of the week. You bought 1 biscuits and cheese. Yott paid fo? them, bat I do not know m what coin, or whether It was a note yon gave me. I don't remember having any trouble to end the change. There were several otfear customers In the store at the time. -~-Oro»s-examined : I might have given the prisoner ohange. I recolleot there being several men m the store,- and that one man had some trouble In picking up a> half sovereign off the oounter which had been given him us ohange, owing to the fact that he wav under the influence of drink. I cannot say whether the man I refer to was the prisoner or another man* — Prisoner on being challenged said I have lota to say, the same as these other men. Ido not know anything aboat It. — Prisoner was committed for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court, Ghrlitoburoh. The Goart then rose. *

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2089, 16 March 1889

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2089, 16 March 1889

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