The Dunedin Police Scandal.
United Press Association—-FlyElectric Telegraph. i Dunedin, May 24 The first of the cases in connection with the police scandal came on to-day, when Jamas McDonald and Thomas Moses wore charged with breaking and" entering the D.T.C. warehouse, and stealing a number of articles. A second couat charged them with stealing goods, and a third with receiving, knowing the goods to have been stolen. Both accused pleaded guilty to receiving, but the Crown Prosecutor woald not accept the plea, and after legal argument as to whether they could be tried for stealing when they admitted receiving only, Mr Fraser, the Crown Prosecutor, opened the case, aud called evidence identifying the goods. Neither Mr Sim nor Mr Hanl< n, who appeared for the accused, called evidence, but Mr Sim said Moses desired to make a statement. Moses then s-iid he received the goods from Henry Keddingffon, night watchman. He never entered the D.T.C, nor did he steal anything from there. Counsel then addressed the jury. In summing up Mr Justice Williams said i the CrowQ Prosecutor was justified in proceeding' with the major count, if only to see if it wus possible to gat at the real truth of the master. The jury, after four hours' retirement", were unable to agree, and were discharged. The Crown Prosecutor said he would ask for a re-trial in the morninsr, and would probably cill Reddington a* a witness. The Court then adjourned. Dunedin, May 25 When the Supreme Court met this morning, the Crown Prosecutor asked that the charge of robbary against ex-constable Moses and McDonald, in which the jury were unable to agree yesterday, be allowed to stand over. The charge against Moses for breaking into the D.T.C. and stealing several articles is now proce9diag.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
The Dunedin Police Scandal. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
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