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MAGISTERIAL.

ASHBURTON—WEDNESDAY.

(Before Messrs R. Alcorn and Alfred 1• ■• '. Harrison J. P.'s.) ' ALLEGED THREATENING LANGUAGE. ' 1 Thomas Magee was charged on the information of Rudolph Friedlander, with having used threatening langmigo towards \ complainant on the 14th June. Mr Purnell appeared for complainant, and ■ stated that the charge was made by Mr ■ Friedlander with great reluctance, but he felt it to be necessary, seeing the violent vj'conduct of defendant. Complainant "'; asked that Magee be bound over to keep ■"•'the, peace.V '"•■ Rudolph Friedlander said he was a member of the firm of Friedlander Bros. V Magee had had transactions with ,the firm 'foi-j some,years, but these had terminated ■ f ;;^Qn June 17,, 1887. mPaid him £10 in settlement of all claims, and produced receipts on, which such was stated. The firm, did not admit any liability, but paid the amount to get rid ' 6t the importunity of defendant. Defendant was satisfied for some 'time; but in August 1888 he commenced sending, post cards and letters •: claiming'rooney. Witness' firm owed not a penny.to Magee. Some time ago Magee came to witness and made a claim ' for money. Told him there was none due to him. .Defendant became excited, and, said there was money owing. Witness suggested that, if defendant believed so, he had better take the usual course to recover. Magee said that he would not go to law, but would take other means of * /settling the matter. On Saturday last, Magee saw him again, saying he wanted the money. Witness again advised him to take the proper course if he wanted to ' fitet'ahy money he supposed the firm owed him. > Magee said he was not going to „ ,lajf, nor was he going to allow witness |*a» live by craft." Defendant added that it would not matter very much if witness and himself were out of the world. Wit- ! - ness was certain from Magee's tone and - aspect that he implied a threat of bodily injury 'to, .witness. ■ Magee cross-examined witness in a ' rambling: and disconnected way, and the * Bench pointed: out ,that the receipt produced bearing;his own signature could not . be: departed from so far as the alleged .claim went, but had nothing to do with the present case. . ' '■ \ Moritz Friedlander also, gave evidence, and'Sergt. Felton boretestimonyto several ' previous convictions against defendant for violent conduct. He also came to the police station to see if a charge of forgery < could not be laid against Mr Friedlander, but could show, no case of the kind. ? Defendant, went into the box to give .^evidence,in his j own defence, and denied having used any threat towards Mr Friedlander. Such language as he did use was made use of in cool and calm temper. He, however; did say to Mi Friedlander that it would be no loss, to the world if he: and witness were out of it, but he denied saying he would settle the "matter by other means than going r to him. Went to Sergeant Felton, but laid no charge against the Friedlander "firm. „' Had dealt with the firm for years, „.and had got alone with them very well, until all at once they tried to do him out -of £22 10s as he thought. The Bench said that the record produced, by Sergeant Felton proved defendant'to be a man of uncontrollable temper, and it would be necessary to bind him over to keep the peace for six months, in his own security of £50.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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