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At Wellington on Friday last, Mary Josephine Leo came before the Chief Justice for sentence on a charge of opening postal packets ■■ ,at Apiti. While admitting the seriousness of the ordinary offence of this type, Mr G. Watson, for the defence, claimed that this case was not so bad in that the .packets . had not been opened in any hope-of gain. Sir Robert Stout: It appears that some people were courting and that this woman opened letters to sco what was being said between them.

. . It was feminine, inquisitive^ jipks. Mr Watson said the man whose letter had been opened had apparently been on very, familiar terms with, the accused girl, but had changed his affections and had written letters to the second girl, hoping, that they would be opened. Sir Robert Stout: He .adopted a very clever ,ruse, putting into; his letter a, little salt, which, when the letter was opened in; the post office,, dropped out, so.'that when the- letter reached its destination, the salt was missing, proving that the letter .had been -opened Mr Watson handed in a petition from the residents of Apiti, testifying to the excellent character of the accused. Sir Robert Stout said that had the offence been of the ordinary ! type there would have been no option but to send the accused to gaol. It was not necessary, he thought, to place Leo on probation, and instead, he would rather order her to come up for sentence when called upon. Shu WQuld not be called upon if she paid ;£3 3s towards the cost of the prosecution witMn six months.

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LOVE LETTERS OPENED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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LOVE LETTERS OPENED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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