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MAGISTERIAL.

ASHBORTON— THURSDAY.

[Before Mr 0. A. Wray, B M„ and MrD.Thomaa.J.P.] LABO-NY.

David Milne, a lad of apparently about 1- years of age, was charged with the larceny of £1 16s ln money from tbe houae of Pdter Oba'mera.— The offence wai admitted — The police said that the relations of the accused tr- re most respeotable people, but the boy oould not be controlled ; he would neither stay at home ov remain In a situation. Some time ago he was before the Oourt on a oharge akin to vagrancy and the case was then adjourned sine die ln order tbat he might amend his oonduot. Another charge of larceny la pending against him In Ohrlstohuroh. Sergeant Felton said it wst no use sending tbe boy to Barnham. but if lt were possible, it would be de.trab!e In sending him to gao l , to provide for hla being kept apart from the other prisoners. — The esse was allowed to stand over till later ln tbe day when the Bench deolded to oomm'.t the boy to tbe Kokltn&rama Industrial Scocol near Aaoklsnd. CATTLE OASES. Edward Hlgglns was charged on the Information of John Marsden, ranger for the Hempstead town district, with having grizsd two cows on the Greek road* It appeared that tbe cows were m oharge of a boy who was taking them to water, bat loitered on the rosd.— The Magistrate let the defendant off with a caution.

[Bsfore tbe Mayor and Me R, Aloorn. J.P.] LARCENY. Samuel Thompson was charged with the Isroeny of a kltohen raoge valae £9, the property of the National Bank of New Zealand. — Mr Cutbbertson appeared for the accused, snd said tbat If the police would agree to the valae placed opon the utlfle being reduced, 10 as to bring the ease within tbe summary jurisdiction of the Oonrt, the accused was prspared to plead guilty to tbe oharge. — Sergeant Felton said he could not oonsent to Mr Outhbertson'a proposal.— Mr Cuthbertson ■aid tbat the manager of the Bank had no desire to press the charge •—Sergeant Felton said tbat he would not be juttified ln redaolng the amount. Tbe one was a had one. — The Bench said tbat nnder these oiicumstanoes they had no option In the matter, wbioh wai outside their jurisdiction to deal with. — Alex. Ferguson, manager of ihe Bank at Ohrlstcbnrob, deposed to tbe Back owning a honse »t the tllnds. No one bad been given authority to remove the range from tbe house. — D. McK-ii-sle, a farmer at the Hlr-ds deposed to going to the house on July 3Jst, and to seeing" that the stove had been taken out of tbe brickwork, and tbat lt stood In front of the fireplace. — At this stage tbe Magistrates retired to view tbe range. — On tbelr return to the Oourt Mr Cutbbertson again asked tbe value of tbe renge as stated In ibe information ■hould ba reduoed so tbat tbe case might bs dealt with summarily.— The Sergeant of tbe polloe said be would leave the matter with the Benob. Tne ease was one of most Inrpudeut robbery. Prisoner had driven ten miles and taken tbe range away to his own house, —Mr Cuthbertson a_ld the prisoner was prepared to replace the rangcand make any -j-ep'H-tion m bis power —^'bo BeDob doomed io deal with foe caie summi.ily. — Evidence was tbkenas to prisoners arrest, — _Jr Outbbertton atked that the esse might be dealt with uuder tbe Probation Aot. and called evidence as to ohiracter, —The Becob held that the oaso was not one that ahou'd be -o dealt witb. It was a most barefaced and impudent robbery, and prisoner *yenld. be sentenced to two jaoethi* ldprjf tpfa^Qt'wfyh #**& labor.

(Before Mr C. A. Wray, R.M.) CIVIL OASBB. •John pull y J ,-phaon aog MoQte. o!a!jp

£14 lO*, for native fix supplied t) defendants, who arr flvx millers. Defendants had paid £6 13. in'.o Court as being fall valuo for the fix 10 celved. Mr Purnell for plaint ft, Mr Orlsp for defendants. The case had benn partly beard at hfst Oourt day. Mr Crisp oo*'clt:ded the csuefor the defence, c-IH-.i- the evldunoe of smployeaa it -.he mill td show t^at \ho quail y < f 'he. fI;X w»a vory poor tba*. it was Bhort and j laat a Rreai d i»l ■ f hut wao contnicod m tho bnuile**. Th but, besides being of no tißa for milling purposes went to make up a good p- portion r>f iho welqlt of the bundles — HtmipUn of fl x, aikgid to have' betn eupplled by Bui), and Bbowlng al 1 good deal tf but', were prodoo.d. Aleo,' I by w.-y of o'.>ntra*r, a sample of good fl»x. ' Counsel addri.ns-.d tho Oourt nt somo length and tho Mag Birate, after deferring hia deolsion till nfter tbo luncheon adjournment, gave judgment for pl-lntiff for £2 61 6i and coats m addition to the amount paid into Court. Jameß Hitohlu-:** v J. Ballam, olaim ; £2 MX Mr Cuthbert-on for plaintiff. Judgment for plaintiff by default for the amount claimed andooet**. J He-eltlno v W. Brown, olalm £5 13. 6d. Defendant admitted owlog £4 10 1 of the amount claimed.

[Left sitting.]

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2230, 19 September 1889

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