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(Per Press Association.) AUCKLAND, February 16 Mr Justice Cooper in his charge to the Grand Jury at the Supreme Court, referred to the comparatively peaceful conditions that had prevailed in Auckland during the industrial upheaval, and to the wisdom of the magistrates in closing the city and'suburban hotels. The cases before the Court, he said, included only one arising out of that regrettable period. He believed that this was largely due to the action of the magistrates, as well as to the restraint exercised by tile leaders of both sides involved in the struggle. The fact that liquor had been kept out of the trouble was a powerful factor in keeping quietness and preventing breaches of the law. He remarked that the number of cases before the Court was 29,:' which, considering the extent of the; northern judicial district, the rapid increase of population and the growth of the city, compared quite favourably with the other centres of New Zealand in respect to serious crime. Bertie Sewell Hunter was found not guilty on a charge of stealing £6 from, the laundry premises of Foiig Long at Parnell in July last. A young Maori named Hone Tauru was found guilty of breaking and entering and theft in the Whangarei district. He denied when brought up for sentence two weeks ago that he was a person with a police record against him. Inquiries were made in the interval and when the youth was placed in the dock again this morning he admitted he was the person referred to. He was committed for reformative treatment for a. period not exceeding two years. Arthur Albert Baker, who pleaded guilty in, the. lower .Court "to" making a false declaration under the Marriage Act, said that the mother refused her consent to r her daughter's: marriarra and as she was turned out of home lie secured the license by returning her age as 22. His Honour remarked that it was,- the wrong way to overcome the consent of a parent, but admitted that the circumstances justified' the imposition of a fine and not imprisonment. A fine of £5 was inflicted.

Tohi Huitoroa was foud guilty of obtaining money by false pretences and of forgery and uttering, and was re-' manded until Monday so as to enable the police to investigate his past career.

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AUCKLAND CRIMINAL SESSIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8796, 17 February 1914

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AUCKLAND CRIMINAL SESSIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8796, 17 February 1914