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POLICE COURT.

(Before Messrs A. Clements and F. G.

Clayton, J.P's.)

A Tin-Can Serenade. —Five boys named William Finlay, William Halliday, Bertie Murphy, and William and Henry Elliot, pleaded not guilty to a charge of damaging a fence to the extent of 10/.' Mr Napier appeared for Finlay. Evidence showed that a crowd of boys (the accused among them) had ben serenading a wedding party in Arch Hill one evening with much beating of tin cans. They were treated to cake and fruit and beer, but like Oliver Twist they asked for more and swarmed into the back-yard in their eagerness to get it. Some of. them threw stcmes at the back-door and were also suspected of having broken down part of the fence. None of the witnesses however saw any of the accused breaking the fence, and this being the ease the Bench dismissed themi with a caution. Mr Napier volunteered the information that Finlay was one of the invited guests at the party, and had remained outside because there was more fun going oh there.

Remittance Man in Trouble.—A young man named Roger* Bradlee pleaded guilty to stealing a macintosh overcoat, tbe property of Thos, Robertson. He said he and Robertson had been staying at the same place. He found Robertson's macintosh in a hotel where they had been drinking, and as they were both penniless next morning he pawned the coat, meaning to take it out when his next remittance arrived from Home. Detective Herbert said there was no truth in the prisoner's statement that the prosecutor was penniless. The facts were that the prosecutor left his coat in the bar for a few minutes and when he returned both Bradlee and the coat had disappeared. Prosecutor told Bradlee of his loss next day, and prisoner said he knew nothing about it. Detective Miller however ascertained that the coat had been pawned' by Bradlee, and that the latter had kept the money thus obtained. A fine of 40/ was inflicted, this befcag a first offence. The alternative was fixed at 7 days hard labour.

Brevities.—William James Provost was sentenced to two months hard labour for stealing a pair of trousers, the property of Michael Conway. Charles Enticott was fined 20/ or 7 days hard labour for drunkenness; five first offenders being fined 5/ each. Alma Olga Hansen, before the Court on a charge of vagrancy, was remanded till to-morrow.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XXX, Issue 134, 8 June 1899

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