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RAKAIA-MONDAY. (Before Messrs Hardy and Oxley, Js.P.) Patrick McCormiok pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk .and disorderly, and was convicted and discharged. The 6ame was further charged with resisting and assaulting Constable Middleton whilst in discharge of his duty. Accused said he could not have assaulted the Constable, as it was not his nature. Constable Middleton, sworn, said that on Saturday night between 10 and 11 o'olock he repeatedly requested accused and others to disperse and go home, but at last had to arrest accused. His mates three times rescued accused, but he stuck to bis man, and when near the Court he was grossly assaulted, and another man came up and knocked him down. Accused got him by the throat and he had to call for assistance. Mrs Craighead came and assisted and then Mr John Hardy and others, and accused was locked up. Mrs Craighead gave evidence. The Constable said he desired publicly to thank Mrs Craighead for her assistance, forbad it nofc been for her no doubt a more seriouß charge would have had to be answered by aocused. Dennis Sullivan was then charged with assaulting Constable Middelton and attempting to rescue a prisoner. Accused pleaded not guilty. After hearing the evidence, the Bench found both the accused guilty and sentenced them to three months' hard labour. The Bench expressed its regret at the occurrence of such conduct, and praised Constable Middleton for the way in which he had stuck to his man. As for Mrs Craighead she was to be congratulated on the plucky manner in which she had gone to the Constable's assistance, in doing which she had drawn shame on some of the opposite sex, who might have given assistance.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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MAGISTERIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905