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Selwyn Licensing Committee.

A meeting of the Licensing Committee of Selwyn District (Mr V. G. Day, S.M., presiding) was held at Bakala on Wednesday. The Chairman stated that the police report was favourable, and that all licenses would be renewed. With regard to the Chertsey Hotel, he stated that a complaint had been lodged by one J. McNeill thut he had been refused a meal on a certain occasion. J. McNeill was called, but did not appear. The Chairman said that ac a result of inquiry into the complaint made by the police, the Committee were satisfied that MoNeill had misbehaved himself m the hotel, and that the licensee was to be commended for having turned him oat of the hotd. Mr Stringer, who appeared for the licensee, stated that he had been prepared to show by evidence that the man McNeill, who was not a traveller, but a. lodger m the hotel, had been guilty of conduct fully justify ing the course taken by the licensee, but m the face of his Worship's remarks it was unnecessary to do so. The Chairman also stated that the practice be always advised Licensing Committees to adopt was to take no notice of complaints made by individuals which involved breaches of the law, unless such complaints had first been made before a Justice of the Peace, and heard and determined m open Court m the usual way, thus giving the hotelkeeper a fair opportunity of meeting and defending himself against such charges. This, of course, would not apply to charges of misconduct, not the subject matter for a prosecution, m respect to which tbe Committee would investigate for themselves.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905

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Selwyn Licensing Committee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905