A REMITTANCE MAN IN TROUBLE.
A well-dressed, rather ascetic looking young man named Arthur H. Binstead appeared at the Police Court this morning before Mr. Dyer, SM., to answer a charge .of defrauding one Frederick James Andrews of various sums of money, amounting in all to £15 17/6. Chief-Detective Marsack prosecuted, the defendant being represented by Mr. Hackett.
Mr. Marsack, in opening the said it appeared that the accused had been in the employ of Mr. Andrews as a commission agent, but had subsequently left bis service. Upon his successor going round to collect various accounts, it was found they had already been collected, and it was afterwards discovered that accused had collected the money without accounting for it. The defalcations extended over some 13 or 14 occasions. The accused had only been in the colony for a short time, and seemed to have made a very early start at this sort of thing. The only mitigating circumstance about it was the fact that the accused seemed to be addicted to the morphia habit, which may have conduced to his action.
Mr. Hackett, for the defendant, admitted the facts as stated by Mr. Marsack- The accused had come to the colony and had practised for a short time as a medical specialist. He had come to the colony with a considerable quantity of money, and had moreover been in receipt of remittances from his people, who were very well to do at Home. These amounted to between £15 and £20 a month, and he had expected to have repaid the amount taken out of his remittances. Unfortunately these had not continued to come regularly. His father was the editor of a leading newspaper in England, and he had no doubt that if probation were granted, the relations would refund the amount of the defalcations. \
His Worship remarked that he would certainly, not entertain probation unless the money were refunded, the question being whether the accused could find it.
Mr. Hackett then asked for a remand to allow of a cable being sent Home to the accused's friends. To which the magistrate finally agreed, remarking that he did not wisli to press unduly heavily on the accused, who was a young man, but this depending on remittances and outside money with which to pay defalcations was too frequent, and must not be too lightly held. He then granted a remand for eight days.