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(Per Frees Association.)

. CHRISTCEUKCH, February 9. The quarterly criminal sitting of the. Supreme Court was opened /to-day, before Mr Justice Detmiston. There was a heavy list for trial, and easily a record ,numerically. His, Honour, addressing tHe grand jury, said the cal- " endar was ■ an exceedingly formidablelooking one, ■ consisting of 44 charges against 23 persons, it was considerably the heaviest calendar in his f exporreiico of a quarter of a century, but it was not so as it looked, ■ and did not militate any. special increase in the criminal element,' or in the general good conduct >of the district: . Thirty of the charges were' in. connection with the alleged series of frauds on the Customs, in which the, persons charged were six mercantile clerks and two Custom-House officers. -The frauds had spread over 19 months, although they did not involve . conspiracy - between the persons charged. The. amount involved was , £800 or £900. His Honour briefly outlined- the nature of the charges as far as the • Crown wa^s' concerned. There was a, clear case 'against the eleikfr concerned, and, in the .wise of tli6 Cus,to*ns-Hoiise officers, * the existence" \ot. continuous carelessness.- in, - checking/ 1 invoices and prime entries, coupled with' the fraudu- • lent act of tie clerks, would make out , a case for a petty jury. • -, v i The Grand Jury returned true bills ,^ j in all cases except that of J.C Ashwin, who \faa charged with a breach ■ of'ifche'Bankruptcy Act, in not keepingbooks. This bill was thrown out and' Ashwin was discharged., ; ; The following prisoners were• Sentenced :—Cfyarles Larsen, burglary,' at.,• Grey,mqiith,! fouMnonths; NorniaiOuid-' 1 lay, five charges of forgery -at-Grey--mouth, 18 months; Alfred Howard, ■ foiu* charges of theft at Greymouth, probation; Frederick, Pyson, theft at Lyttelton, fpiir months; Matilda Streeter, theft,' sent to Salvation Army Home for 12 months; Stephen Golding, series of- thefts, declaimed ,to be' an habitual offender.

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CHRISTCHURCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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CHRISTCHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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