Dunedin Police Inquiry.
j STARTLING EVIDENCE. DuNBDtN, July 13 In the afternoon the inquiry was re suined. Chief Detective Herbert said that from I information now in the possession of the police the robberies had been going on for four or five years. They startod in a small way, and gradually grew. He disapproved of appointing detectors of sly grog selling to the police force. Sergeant Ramsay complained th*t in Dunedin a sergeant had to gallop round all night it' the men ware to be looked after properly. The evidence of Moses was taken at the gaol. Ho said the working of the beats in Dunedin was like clock work. The knew when to expect the sergeants. Thieving had been going on for a considerable time, prior to his arrival. Surprise visits by the sergeants would certainly have curtailed it. Witness had not been offered any reward for making statements. Ho was looked on as the black sheap of the force, and wanted to clear himself. James McDonald, also under s^ntenca, stated that others were implicated besides Hoses, Osbotne, and himself. The articles were taken a tew at a time. Ho believed the thefts wore going on f<>r three or four years before he arrived k'jre. It was a private individual who first introduced the subject to him. He believed these things were going on in other towns. He had heard it was going on in Chrutohurch, Oamaru, Titnaru, and Auckland. Dunedin, July 14 Two private individuals gave evidence this morning. One said he saw a Constable drunk in South Dunedin threa years ago, and heard a Sergeant tell the Constable he would see him in two hours' time. The other witness complained that the police would not take up her case. Two Constables gave evidence denying what McDonald said in regard to the older hnnds being implicated. TutARU, July 14 At the conclusion of the business at the Timaru Police Court this morning. Mr Moss Jones, J.P., took strong exception to the statement made by a witness before the police Commission in Dunedin, suggesting that thieving was going on among the police force in various towns including Timaru. Mr Jsnaa thought it monstrous that such a suggestion should ba made. He had lived in Timaru 25 years, and had never heard a word against the police. They had always been above suspicion, and ho wished to express his opinion that the police were honest; and straightforward wherever he had seen them.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905
Dunedin Police Inquiry. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905
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