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; NEW PLYMOUTH, March 9. - An'unusual defence to charges• \m~. [der the Gaming Act was at (the Magistrate's Coiirt tp-day by the (counsel for the defendant.'•"'.•Roy Jury: and Thomas Hellier; 'both of.»Jvaitara, were charged with having kept a common gaming house and accepted moneys for bets on racehorses. '■;. The cases were adjourned from;Waitara last- week, when the evidence of the constable who had.made bets with 1 Hellier was arid race-cards and betting-books found on the premises of both accused were produced, ; formal objection by counsel. V , To-day, counsel for' the. defence urged that thei' cards and; books found on iho accused were inadmissible as evidence as they were riot "instruments of gaming " under the Gaming Act, and therefore the; police were;not empowered to seize them. .;• Under their warra nt the police were, he said; empowered after arrest in all/cases to seize any; inci-ini-iriatirig. documents, but in I this th c y cards and; books Were seized > prior VtoV the;'arrest".V; He quoted :'cases-to showthat tlie 'definition; of ••'';,mstriinients;.ofVgaining "did riot; include :race-Cai-dsV ■and 1 books. 5 ..•.-"-" .V.- ,: -';. ;."V : W'- ■yyy.';y-^'y

The police • contended that a, .betting house, was £ included; under..: the y definition; pi a gaining ihouse. arid.that tliereforey;':,'' instruments, of- gaming," included V* instruments of betting." Decision'was reserved.;'.x.„ :: < .-'-;.

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"INSTRUMENTS OF GAMING.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8814, 10 March 1914

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"INSTRUMENTS OF GAMING." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8814, 10 March 1914

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