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A. Just Sentence.

John Dooley was charged, on remand, at the Magistrate's Court on .Wednesday, before Messrs Ed. Baker, R.M. Simpson, and A, W. Brown, Justices, with brutally assaulting his 18 year-old daughter Cissy. He had been remanded m order that the little girl could attend the Court; and yesterday morning, when charged, Dooley admitted having beaten the child with a leather strap. The Justices who occupied the bench said they wished to hear some of the evidenc before deciding the case, and the girl was placed jn the witness box and stated that her father htid beaten her because she did not attend school on Tuesday morning of last week. Her mother had sent her on a message, and this was the reason she could not attend. Her father made her strip, and afterwards beat her with both ends of the •strap, and said that he would kill her. Mrs I)Qol,ey and Constable Madden also gave evidence, .fhe officer producing a strap with a 'buckle fastened to it, which he said he took out of p'ooley's' hand to prevent him from using it "further; u^on fche child. Dr Giilon' deposed that he „„. ....^ed by the constable to attend the aid. Slid was marked across the shoulders, down the back, and upon the arm-}, les?«, and thighs, the marks -being about inch broad and j blooding m. some places. " ttf the duwtwement was excessive and cig, and it had laid the child up for five days. Dp^ley st;ttec3 that the child had been disobedionjt ,to him, and this was why he had punished' 4uw. .Sergeant Morice stated that Dooley had wlmuty served sentences for ill-treating his children. The Bench Bojd there was no excuse for such cruel arid brutajl treatment, and sont the defendant to gaol for three months with , hart! 13b0ur,.3> Wellington Times.

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A. Just Sentence., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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A. Just Sentence. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890