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Protecting the Public

"United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph Auckland May 31 In summing up the case of William Watkine, charged with committing a serious assault upon a girl at Kaihu, Mr Justice Edwards impressed upon the jury that all they had to consider was whether the man was guilty or not guilty, and not a question as to what punishment he would receive if he was found guilty. During the 10 years during whjch he had been upon the Bench'he had only sentenced two men to imprisonment for life, and one of these he j sentenced the other day. That man had admitted committing two shocking outrages upon two boys, and m sentencing him to prison for life he did so, not because he wanted to punish him, but m order to protect the public. This, said his Honour, was done m most cases where tho same crime was repeated within a short apace of time. If that was not done, society would never be safe.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905

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Protecting the Public Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905