United Press Association—Per Elec'rio Telegraph. Napikb, May 1 _ The Supreme Court opened today wilh the sm'illest calendar for some years, thero being five charges against five prisoners. Justice Cooper congratulated the district on the marked improvement. Patrick Patrick and Hush McLean were found guilty of assaulting and robbing an old mun named Hargreaves, and were sentenced to five years. Tho crime was a particularly daring one, being committod on a Saturday afternoon in a hotel yard ia the heart of the town. Mr Justice Cooper said he was determined to put down this filass of crime, which was becoming much too common. William McKay charged with issuing valueless cheques, and Andrew Thorpe for forgery and uttering, were remanded for the probation officsi'd report. Wellington, May 1 The Supreme Court criminal sessions opened to-day. The Chief Justice, in his charge to the Grand Jury, congratulated the district on the small calendar. The figures for the past year, however, did not show that crime was decreasing. Notwithstanding the prosperity of the colony, and the fact that work could be very easily got, the ciiminal class did not show any diminution, and it was regrettable that the majority of cases were theft. His Honour believed that one way of stopping crime was to see that when a man committed a crime he would be convicted by the jury. If io came to be recognised that when a man was guilty he was certain of conviction, it would have immense influence.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
Supreme Court. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
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