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A WELLINGTON, May 2. A well-known business man named Howard Nattrass was charged in Court .this morning with being illegally on the premises of"William Strangman. Counsel for the defence objected to some of the evidence, as a case was pending in which defendant was being sued for £3000, for * the seduction of Strangman 3 s daughter, aged eighteen years and a-half. The evidence for the prosecution was to the effect that'defendant and Audrey Gualter-ahd two other men went to Strangman's house on the night of May 9, with the intention of getting the girl away from her home. Guwlter denied being at the house on the night in question, and defendant also denied the charge. The Magistrate, Mr Frazer, said the suggestion was that there was something in the nature of abduction, or similar intention. His Worship was convinced that defendant was present. He did not think that the action of ■defendant was done in good faith. The proper course would have been to apply to the Supreme Court! for a writ of habeas corpus.. No man had a right to go to a house and beset it to get a girl away. It was not a case for imprisonment. Defendant was ordered to be bound over to keep the peace for twelve months in a sum of £200 and one surety of £200. Defendant also was ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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WELLINGTON MAN CHARGED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919