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(Before 0. Hardy and W. Allan J.P's.)

BEEACH OF LICENSING ACT C. P. Knyvett was charged with permitting drunkenness in his licensed house at Chertsey.' Mr Leatham appeared for the defence. The evidence led by Sergeant Felton for the prosecution, showed that on the 11th April several men created quite a disturbance in the immediate neighborhood of the Chertsey Hotel, one of whom known*!by sobriquet of " Auckland Jack " was disgracefully drunk, and the others in much the same condition. It was shown that these men had been drinking in the hotel, and subsequently adjourned to the front of the house where a free fight took place one of the combatants receiving some nasty injuries. A petition from a number, of Chertsey residents was presented to 1 the Bench, praying that a police constable might| be stationed at Chertsey in consequence of the large amount of drinking going on there, and complaining especi* ally of the number of drunken men Avho were frequently lying aboufthe premises of the Chertsey Hotel. P. Murphy, Joh

Downie, T. Keilly and Thos. Ward gave evidence. Mr Leatham, for the defence, said that the man known as "Auckland Jack" was a nuisance to the neighbort hood, that two pints of beer were quite ! sufficient to make him a disagreeable I customer, and knowing this, Mr Knyvett had refused to supply him with more than one drink, and had given instructions to his barman to refrain from serving "Jack." Beer, however, had been purchased by some one else, and taken to "Jack's" ''place of residence, and after indulging pretty freely, he returned to the hotel, and becoming troublesome was ejected by Mr Knyvett, when along with another unruly customer, "Jack " engaged in a pugilistic'encounter. In evidence, Mr Knyvett expressed his opinion that wherever there was an hotel, police protection was an absolute necessity, especially during harvest time, but admitted that Mr John Hood had kept an hotel at Mount, Somers for the last sixteen years, and had; never been known to ask for police aid. The Bench inflicted a fine of £5, and costs amounting to £3 9s 6d. A second charge was then proceeded with, in which the same defendant was indicted under Section 175 of the Licensing Act for not maintaining the, standard of accommodation 'requiredby the provisions of the said Act. Argument ensued between Mr Leatham' and Sergeant' Felton as to the power of Justices to adjudicate on the case, but the. Bench decided to proceed with it. Whereupon Mr Leatham asked for an' adjournment until the 19th inst., as there was every probability by that time of a new tenant entering into possession of the hotel. The penalty, in case of a conviction being recorded, is forfeiture of the license, and. as the Bench did not wish to' interfere without good reason with the value of the property, and the' Sergeant of Police not raising any serious objection, the adjournment was-granted, the defendant to pay all costs of Court, including witnesses expenses. . v : ■

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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