AKAROA RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT.
Tuesday, Novijmbrr 29, 1881
Bkfore Justin Aylmisk, Esq., R.M
LAIiCENY. Two lads named Benjamin Leprou and William Yewmi were charged with the larceny of 17s in silver and a silver chain valued at 10-i. The accused admitted having taken ihe silver, but denied appropriating tho chain. Tim O'Gontian deposed that he ive.l in a house at the other end of tho town, from which be was absent at work all day. Last week he, missed 17s out of the pocket of some trousor« he had left itt home, and al-o a handkur-hief. The window had Iron btoken by someone to get in. .Did not see t| lH b,,ys at the house, but hid seen L "prou about.
In answer to Ynwon, witness said the things were taken-souim d iy lu.-t week.
Patrick N.-ill. mate of tho former, witness, said he lived in the limine with Gorman; had missed a silver eh lin worth 10s, but did no' know who ha I t»k 'ii it. He was alisent from tin hou-'e all day working in B Igueri i street. Had seen L-'prouin the ,d of the hoim-.
Comtiblo S-ott said he hack oeeii sent on the previous day to make enquiries. He met Y-wen. who declared he. did not kno.v Leprou. and when doii-ired -with keeping away from school sai I he"'h.id ody i.ecn going bird nesting. L'pro'i hi.l lib ?> p.m.. when he interroga ed him and Ye wen. Both denied at first and then L--piou told a number of lies regarding the chain, lie first accused a hoy named (j renti of having it, then said it had been taken to Christchurch by a man in the coach, and afterwards declared he bad given it to a young man who w.as kc. ping company with his sister. Afterwards he declared he had dropped it, and a search was made without eifect. Acvused hid sport 10s of tha nioney they took in hiring a horse fruin Mr Bayley, of Wasckerle's Hotel. Thoy told him when taking the horse that Mr Roberts had givpn them the money to go on a message to' Little River.
Sergeant Willis said ho should like to state that the boy Green, that they had accused, was perfectly i mocent.
In answer to a question from the Bench, both boys denied taking the chain. Mr Leprou said, in answer to a question, that he sent the boy regularly to school, an! did not know he pliyed the truant.
Th.) Sergeant said Ye wen was a very mischievous hoy, and had broken down trees in gardens and in other ways misconducted himself. The Magistra c said that he did not like to send boys like those, one of whom was 13 and the other IG, to a gaol to associate with felons, and would not send them to Burnham. He would sentence them to 48 hours, imprisonment and a whipping at the end of it, which they might have the pleasure of looking forward to during their incarceration. He told the Sergeant to whip them as he would one of his own sons under similar circumstances, civil, cask. Etionne Brocher v. John Diion. Claim £2 i3s G 1 for bricks supplied and labor done. Defendant, who had paid lis Gd into Court, denied being fiirther'indebted. Plaintirt deposed that he had sold some pieces of bricks to defendant and had laid them down in his back yard. The nioney had been due six months. At first Dixon promised to pay him, but afterwards had sworn at him when asked for the money. By defendant—l did not swear at you. Defendant—" Your Worship, ho called me an Irishman." Tne Bench—'• What a terrible insult; Things have hdeed com") to a pretty pass when the worst abuse we ©an heap on a man ift to call 1d.,-, an Iri.sliuifi > " Defendant stated that the bricks supplied by Brocher were of a most inferior quality", and it was for that reason he had refused to pay for them. The reason he had not discovered thin earlier was that Brocher had -covered them with three inches of clay, which he had only just got off them. Tho brick* were soft and useless, and you could put a knife through them anyv. here Two witnesses deposed that the bri< ks were soft and useless Plaintiff said the. bricks were good when put down six months ago. He had not covered them with clay as stated, but merely filled the interstices between them in the usual style. Judgment for full amount claimed and cost-. Thc-C.mrl then adjourned.
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