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(Before the Mayor and Mr Alfred : :■ , Harrison^ J.P,.) Prohibition Order.—A prohibition order was granted against John Donovan f to take effect within the borough and county and remain in force for twelve months. Drunkenness.—A first offender ;;vas dismissed with a caution. Alleged Shop-lifting.—John Wood was charged with the larceny of a coat, the property of William Sparrow. He pleaded not guilty.—Thomas Permain said the coat produced-was worth £3 10s, and was the property of Mr W. Sparrow, witness's employer, Witnessmissed itfrom the shop on Wednesday afternoon. Ifc had not been sold to anyone. Charles Ryel stated that on Wednesday night prisoner came to him in front of the Somerset Hotel and offered the. overcoat in question for 15s, saying he need not be afraid to buy, as the coat was all right. Did not think the coat was as good as it was, and offered 10s for it, which offer prisoner accepted. Handed the coat to to the police as soon as it was asked for.— Accused, in answer to the bench, said the coat was given him to sell by another man he did not know. Wood was also charged with the larceny of a piece of tweed from the NeAV Zealand Clothing Factory. W. H. Webber, manager of the Ashburton Clothing Factory, said the tAveed in Court was the property of the Company he represented in Ashburton. He missed it the previous night. It was worth 40s. James Ennis, a boy of thirteen years, said he saAV the prisoner on Thursday evening take the tweed from Mr Webber's shop. Witness immediately told Mr Webber. Constable Fitzgerald deposed to arresting Wood-as he 'was coming: out of the Somerset hotel .right-of-way with the tweed under his arm. Charged with stealing the cloth prisoner denied it, saying he got it from another imam To a charge of stealing a pair of trousers from Mr W. H. Collier's shop prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr Thomas said the case was a bad one. Shopkeepers laid temptation in the Avay of people dishonestly inclined when they left goods outside their shop doors in the way they'did, and expected Government to provide a police organisation to prevent the goods from being stolen. Still, prisoner had been guilty of barefaced theft, and he would be sent to gaol for two months on each charge—six months in all. Vaghancy.—James Gaul was charged with having no visible laAvful means of support. Accused said he had been working at Lublow's flax-mill for some time, but left there in consequence of a rheumatic affection in his legs. He was not a vagrant. Thomas Toppin, barman at the Royal Hotel, had seen the man at the hotel, in company with the man Wood, who had just been sentenced. He had a few shillings Avhen he came to the. hotel. Other evidence Avas led, and accused in his defence said he had been in the i district off and on for fifteen yearsi and had made good cheques in it. He had been in the employ of Messrs Gould and Cameron, Tha Bench said that bii?ds of a feather flocked together, He had been found in bad company and had not been able to prove the possession of a lawful means of support. He would be sent to gaol for a week.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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