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Mr U. Uaibraith, J.1'.,-,and Mr, li^ Clark, J.P., presided 9 ;at thei Court-; house this morning, when evideupe was. taken in the case of Arthur Staco.,-\Vil-■lowby, -charged with that cm April 26, 1919! at Ashburton,,he dM forge. tbe>. ■name,of. J. Grigg to 'a document purporting to bo a cheque, for £10 drawn.. j on tho Bank of New Zealand at Ash-' I burton, and . did cause one James j Duncan McGregor, to act upon it as if it were genuine. , . , James Duncan McGregor; manager" .for . Hallenstein Bros., . Ashburton.^ : branch, said he know accused, and re- f ■ collected .him calling at the shop on. I April 26, ■ 191-9, 'purchasing; goods to the

value of £6 3s. and <"iii l payment Joy ; those troods tendered tho cheque "-proI dueed. Accused said the J. Grigg wbose j isignaturo. appeared 'on tho cheque was of Longbeach, where he was working. \ Accused -further said a mistake had been

i made as to whom the cheque was pay- | able.' It should; have ;been :Stace, and not Sparrow." After deducting, tho ; amount of .purchase, witness gave" ac- ■ Gtiscd the change (£3 17s). On April 28 witness prcßented the cheque Tor l payn^ent to the bank, 1 when it was re--1 turned, market!." No account.".. ..'-.-. v ! -■..-Heiyv \Yallis Olliver, teller at tho Bank of; New Zealand, Ashburton, said that the cheque produced was tendered on account 1 of Hallenstein Bros on April 28. Witness knew Mr J. Grigg, Long--beach. an'd : tho signature on the cheque-. Droduced.was not his, ho being" the ■only

John Grig;* who had an account at the Ashburton bninch of the bank. The cheaue presented for payment* camefrom the book oi' ono of the- • bank's clients. J. VT.O'Grady, and was issued to him on January 17, 1919. John Joseph O'Xrradj", farmer at Winchmoro. .said ho knew afcuwd. who had been in Ills employ over two years >■ aeo. Accused visited witness's placo last 'June or July/ Witness, receiyod,.the cheque book froni the Bank of• Nflw- ,

■ Zealaiidiii January last, but co.ulcbuot ; find tin) block oi' that-. book.-'.. Witness , could not say that the'cheque produced" ; oanie from that book. 'He did not give ; a blank cta'q'uo "from .that..-book- to.iany. person.' If .such chequo had been taken it was without witness's knowledge or • consent. '/■■'. ■ .

There was no of JVC. N. Grisa: when called to give evidence.-.: Senior-Soriffunt Rya-n said that'on April., 29- he interviewed accused at. Willowbv, and told him he was, suspected of issuing a false cheque to MrMcGreiior at the New Zealand Clothing ffactory, Ashburton, on the previous , Saturday .;night-. Accusod said he,found

■ tho blank" ..cheque on Graham's"Road,.. ; neai* Cass's blacksmith's shop.;'■; that he j went back, to"AV.illowb'y? lilled it, ill,, and .. j. ttimied 'Jqhn ' GrigK'g.; ", ; it-; ; ..that • j'he was badly .in need of sonic clothes, i which he bought at Hallenstein Bros.' ; There was some money coming to. him.. i from his eniployer; Mr Stoddart, t/hat i lie; would' be paid on the following, i Friday ninht," and lie intended to refund the money t6 Mr McGregor. Witness arrested accused and brought him ; to tho police-'station,..and he there made the' statement produced :—" 1/ Arthur Stace. make this statement of my, own freo-M'ell.!•■-"■ I altiU'labourer, enipli/vcd by Mr W.- Stoddart, of WilloH-by 7 ■ On Saturday, April 26, I Avas/on my way to Ashburtori. Coming along Graham's Road 1 found a blank cheque nea* ■Cass's blacksmith's .slhop':;..-1 returnedto .mv whare (about; throe miles)' at' Mr Stoddart's, and filled in the cheque: for • £10, .and signed the name of J. Grigg. ;to it. I then rode on my l>icycle to ■ Ashburton. and called at the New Zea- ; land, ClothiiiK Factory. I. bought one : pair of boots,- pair of riding 'pants, two : sinalets, two pairs underpants, two ' pairs of socks, and two white handker- ; chiefs, of the. total value of £6. I ..eave. the cheque to a boy who servedme. He called the manager, who asked whose cheque it was. I said ' John fGrigg's.' He asked if I was: working^ j there, and I said ' YevS, as plougjmian. He took the cheque, and gave me £4' lin notes. I intended to pay him for • ! the clothes- and return the £4 when I sot my wages- from Mr Stoddart ■on ■ I Friday night.—(Signed) Arthur Stace."

! Accused pleaded guilty, and elected' to_ niake no statement. He was 'committed for sentence at the next sittingi of "the Supreme Court at Christchureh"'- '■■ on May 12. „ •.■■,•■•■•.■ .;, \ :.■'■:.'.:■,

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FORGERY OF CHEQUE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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FORGERY OF CHEQUE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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