United Preas Association-— By Electric Telegraph Christchubch, June 28 At the Magistrates' Court to-day. Richard Bradbury, ex-Mayor of Sumner and Justice of the Peace, was charged with having on January 18th, at Christchurch, procured J. Amos to set fire to a building m Manchester Street, belonging to E. A. Green. Evidence was given that, m November, 1903, a quantity of inferior stock belonging to the Australasian Waterproof Co, of which Bradbu<y was manager, was removed from Hereford Street'store to Greeny building. The stock was then insured for £800, but shortly before the fire the risk was increased by £1,100. Amos, with tha approval of Bradbury, fifed the building on the night of January 20, assisted by Crockett. A claim on the Insurance Co. was made m respect to 4,500 garments, although only about 2,000 were m the store at the time of the fire. Amos was promised 19 percent, of the stock by Bradbury, but he had not received that reward, and thelnsurance Co. paid £1,750 to Belcher, owner of the Co. The accused was committed for trial. Geo. M. Crockett and Jag. Amos were also committed for trial on a charge of haying fired the building, upon the written confessions made by them to the Police. An application was made that the men should be recommended for pardon, bob the Magistrate replied that be did not know whether he held the power to make a recommendation. However, he would look into the point.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6608, 29 June 1905
Incendiarism. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6608, 29 June 1905
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