(Before Messrs Donald Williamson and W. H. Rule, Justices of the Peace.) BRUNKENNESB. A first offender (a woman) was charged with having been drunk on the railway station. Accused pleaded "Guilty," and the Bench inflicted a fine of 5s with the alternative of 24 hours' imprisonment. THEFT. Richard Warburton was brought up on three charges of theft. He was charged with having stolen an overcoat, a hammer, a surcingle, a bike saddle, a whip, a pistol, etc., valued at 15s, the property of Henry Da^is, Tinwald; a bedstead, one bag of chaff, a pair of leggings, a roll of lead, etc., valued afc 15s, the property of William Patterson; and one tomahawk, an axehandle, a lamp, etc., valued at 6s 6d, the property of John Snodgrass. Evidence was given'in support of the charge by the owners of the property and by Constable Brown, who found the stolen \ articles in the house occupied by acoused. Aceusect denied having stolen the articles in question, and stated tnat same were his own property, while others were taken wich the knowledge of the owrers. Accused had previously served sentences of two months in 1893 for theft, two months in 1901 for the same offence, and six months in 1901 for housebreaking. The Bench stated they would convict accused, but would net be hard on him. A sentence of one month's imprisonment was inflicted on each charge, the sentences to be concurrent. Accused expressed a wish to be allowed to remain in Ashburton during the currency of the sentence, and as Sergeant Fouhy offered no objection, the request was granted.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905
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