Mr V. G>' Bay, S.M., presided^it to-day's sitting; of the Ashburton Magistrate's Court. BREACH OF PROHIBITION ORDER William Laffey, Tinwald, was charged with' that he did procure liquor during the currency of a prohibition order. Senior-Sergeant Ryan prosecuted* Defendant. did not appear. Mr Buchanan, who defended^ explained that defendant had a contract in the country, and came into Ashburton to do some business, when he met some friends, and subsequently became intoxicated, for which he was brought before the Court and fined 20s. He was not'in the habit of taking liquor.
Defendant was convicted and ordered to pay. 7s 'costs.
Jeremiah Daily, labourer, Lauriston, appeared on a charge of assaulting James Bland, farmer, at Winchmore on March 13. He was. further charged
with the xise of threatening' or abusive
or insulting words within the hearing of passers-by, with intent to provoke a "breach of the peace.
This case was-adjourned from last Court day in order to give defendant an opportunity to avoid Court proceedings by apologising to the informant. Mr Buchanan, who appeared for the
defendant, said that he had made an to settle the matter out of Court, but he. had.not been successful. Defendant had Been most obstinate, and would not apologise. His reason for refusing was that others • were' implicated in. the row, but he had been singled out;
The Magistrate: Defendant is very foolish.
Mr.,A'cland said the informant had vno desire to press for .a penalty. It wasl desired', however, that this sort of husi'hess should be put! down. If not, it • would mean that an end would be put to nublic entertainments in the country.
On the first information defendant was convicted and discharged, and on, the charge of assault he was ..fined 10g,j with costs CllsV witnesses'' expenses (£1 18s). and solicitor's fee (21s). ' Daily appeared also on two similar informations laid by Herbert Watts, farmer, the latter alleging that defendant, on the same date as contained in the previous informations, stnick liim on the neck with- ihis fist.
Mr' Kennedy represented the informant
On the first charge defendant was convicted and discharged, and on the second a fine of 10s, with costs, was imnosed.
John A. Blank. Truancy Inspector, proceeded against Mrs H. Clucas, Allenton. on three charges of failing to send her:child, aged 13 years, to school.
It was explained that the defendant had" been pi-eviously fined on several occasions for similar offences! On each charge she was now fined 10s, with costs. .
On a charge of failing to attend drill. George Douglas Little was fined 10s. with costs.
E. H. Healey, cycle agent, Ashburton, proceeded against R. Bennison, contractor, Tinwald, in connection with 1 a claim of £6 10s for goods supplied. Judgment was given for the plaintiff by default for the full amount claimed, with costs.
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MAGISTERIAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919
MAGISTERIAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919
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