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(Before Messrs Tho3. Bullook and W. H. Rule, Justices of the Peace).

drunkiwness. Albert Rooke and John Nolan, charged with being drunk in Ea6t street on Sunday evening, pleaded " Guilty." Evidence was given by Constable Lopdell, who arrested the offenders. The Bench, in inflicting a fine of 10s each on the accused, regretted that young, men should indulge to excess in drink in a No-license district. There was no excuse for such a practice, and they (the Bench) trusted that the Police would use their most strenuous endeavours to ascertain where the accused had obtained the liquor from. The Sergeant promised to do so, and hinted that he had already a good idea of the place where the accused had obtained the liquor. obstructing the police. Frederick Heseltine and Edward Nohelty were charged with having obstructed Constable Lopdell in the execution of his duty. Accused pleaded " Not Guilty." Constable Lopdell said that on Sunday evening, at 10.30, he heard an unusual noise, and what appeared to be a disturbance on East Street, near the traffic bridge. He proceeded to the place, and found two men hopelessly drunk, and a number more or less under the influence of drink. Arrested Nolan and Rooke, and while he was attempting to take them to the look-up, some seven or eight of those present proceeded to obstruct him in the execution of his duty. Bad language was used, and he was hustled about a good deal. Finding that he would experience much difficulty in getting the drunks to the lock-up, he called on Nohelty and another civilian to assist him, and despatched another for Sergeant Fouhy. Heseltine was particularly offensive, md incited others present to cause the obstruction. It was after midnight when he arrived at the lock-up with his prisoners. The accused (Heseltine)] here interjected that he could prove where he was aitar eleven o'clock. Constable Lopdell, continuing, said that Heseltine had a bottle of whiskey in his pocket, and said, " The public of Sydney would not allow one constable to take two prisoners to gaol." Nohelty, when asked to render him assistance, said he would do so, but on the contrary, caused an obstruction. Sergeant Fouhy said that he heard some whistling near the Police station about midnight on Sunday, and, recognising that the call was for assistance, he rose from his bed, and subsequently found Constable Lopdell in charge of three prisoners, viz, Nolan, Rooke, and Heseltine. There were also several men near at hand. Nolan and Rooke were handcuffed together. Edward Nohelty, sworn, admitted that Constable Lopdell had asked him to render assistance, and to the best of his belief he helped the Constable till threatened by some of the bystanders. He then left the Constable and subsequently went to the Police station to ascertain if Heseltine had been arrested. While at the station, he was arrested. By Sergeant Fouhy—He did not run ! away when he (Sergeant Fouhy) made his | appearance Was in Heseltine's company] before the arrest. Frederick Heseltine, sworn, said he had been with Nohelty the greater part of Sunday, and in the evening they met some young fellows in East Street, who treated them to some drink. He admitted that the Constable was obstructed, but he was not prepared to say who were the guilty parties. As far as he knew, he did not use bad or threatening language. By Sergeant Fouhy—Could not say who gave him the drink, and he did not know where the liquor came from. A man named Jim Urquhart was present when the diaj turbance took place. In reply to a question by the Bench as to whether he thought the improbable story about the drink would be accepted, accused said " He did not know." The Bench said they wore satisfied that the Police had been obstructed by Nohelty and Heseltine. It was a most serious offence, and they regretted that drunkenness should occur in Ashburton, especially on a Sunday evening. For obstructing the Police, Nohelty would be fined 103, and Heseltine, who appeared to be the worse of the two, would be sentenced to a fine of 20s or 48 hours' imprisonment. As in the cases of drunkenness, they trusted the | Police would make diligent enquiries with a view to ascertaining where these young men had obtained the liquor.

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MAGISTERIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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