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" There are quite a number of white women living with such men as the accused in this neighbourhood," said Inspector Hendry in the Magistrate's Court to-day, referring to a case in which a Chinese named Gee Guie pleaded not guilty, to a charge of assaulting Kathleen' vott Cant. The woman had lived with the accused in Plaining Street for about three years, and it was alleged that Gee Guie had , savagely assaulted her. The inspector told the Court that in most cases white'women'who'lived in the' Wellington Chinese-quarters were brutally treated, by their alien lords and masters. The present case was a sample. The unfortunate woman "in - the Court was practically a slave to Gee Guie, who lived on her-ill-gotten earnings, aud : exercised over -her his "right" to beat her. i

Detective -Cassells. who had noticed the woman's condition,. and subsequently laid an information against the accused, gave the Chinaman a. very bad character. He was a Chinese " bludgpr," one of the lowest order of men. He frequently ill-treated yon Cant.

The .accused, who was defended by Mr J. -Dickson, admitted striking the woman, but pleaded that being drunk at the time ho was out of his senses. The woman--also gave evidence that " it was nothing," and that Gee Guie was very' drunk.. Mr Cooper, S.M., said he was satisfied that the accused knew what he was doing at the time of the assault, and imposed a fine, of£s, with, the alternative of a month's imprisonment.

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WOMAN ASSAULTED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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WOMAN ASSAULTED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914

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