A Life Sentence.
United Pres3 Association—By Eleetrio Telegraph. _^ aoV^^~' Auckland May 27 A sensation was caused at the Supreme Courb by a life sentence being imposed by Mr Justicei Ed wards on Victor Henry Simmons, a sailor, 20 years of age, who pleaded guilty to two charges of unnatural offences on boys. The.Jud^e, addressing the prisoner, said:—" This is one of the most awful offences that have ever come under my notice. You are absolutely unfit to be at large, or to live. A very short tima ago you would have been stamped out of existence. So far as lam concern ed you shall never again have a chance of being the destroyer of young innocence. The sentence is hard labour for the term of your natural life.'' The, prisoner seenied surprised, and was heard to remark to Detective McMahon; ?' Your light will be put out before long." No official notice was taken of the threat.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905
A Life Sentence. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905
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