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_. , , , Nhlson, April 10. The criminal i-lttlngs of tne Sapreme Court began to-day before Mr Justice Kiohmond. There wore only two oases: Jas Watson for larceny was sentenoed to one year's hard hbor. The Judge said the crime was the remit of drink and gambling. The multiplication of race meetings with gambling acoompaDlmentß had beoome a public nuiaanoa. The habit of gambling unfitted any man for a position of pecuniary trust. A. true bill was found againot Robt C»mpbßll oharged with unnatural offence.
Invbroargill, April 9. At the Supreme Court today, Duacan Sinclair, charged with receiving. a coll of rope at the Bluff, knowing it to have been stolen, was [acquitted. James Frew wai charged with the rape of a school girl at Orepuki, on the Ist Instant. Counsel eet up consent as defence. Frew is a married man, about thirty years old, the girl is a little over thirteen. The jury wexe unable to agree, and were locked up for the night.
Inveroarqill, April 10. At the Supreme Court this morning the Jury m the case of Jas. Frew, charged with rape, were discharged having been up able to agree after being locked up all night. A fresh jury haa been empannelied and the case is now being reheard.
Sir Robert Stoat has arrived to oondnot the cage for the defendants m the Bank of New Zealand v Wilson, lame and Co.
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