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CHRISTCHURCH, May 16. At the Magistrate's Court yesterday before Mr S. E. McCarthy, S.M., Arthur Kirby pleaded guilty to assaulting Walter John Simpson, of the New Zealand Military Police, whilst in the execution of his duty. Lance-Corporal Simpson stated that he spoke to another returned soldier who was rather noisy outside the City Hotel. Accused interfered, but subsequently proceeded up the street. Later, as witness i was walking up the street with his hands behind him, accused struck him on the jaw with sufficient force to knock him out and loosen Ins teeth. • , .' The Magistrate commented severely UDon the action of accused in striking a* man whose hands were behind him. This he characterised as rank cowardice. In view of the accused having seen service he would sent to prison, but a line of £5, with 3s witnesses' expenses,' would have to be paid, in default seven days' imprisonment. A month was allowed in which to pay.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919

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MILITARY POLICE ASSAULTED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919