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POLICE COURT.

(Continued from Page 5.) POLLUTING THE HARBOUR. Joseph Williams a.nd Chas. Reade were prosecuted for having deposited fish offal in the harbour. Mr. V eagh appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Williamson for tie defence. It was stated that the defendants were engaged in conveying offal from the Hobson-etreet wharf extension to t«* Henderson Creek. One of the Harbour Board employees saw Reade slide seven sacks overboard, Williams being in the launch alongside. Eight bags were subsequently recovered from the -spot by grappling. Mr. Williamson submitted fliat the general harbour regulations of 18T8, under which the charges were laid, were now a dead letter, as ttiey were repealed by the Harbours Act of 1908. There was now, he ■ contended, no provision which made the deposit of filth in the harbour an ofTenee. Mr. McVeagh contended that there was no repeal of the regulations. The legislation of last session consisted in the main of a consolidation of previous legislation. It would be a most extraordinary result indeed if by the consolidating measure there were swept away all the by-lawis, regulations, and appointments that had been made under the previously existing j legislation. He submitted that the regu- ! lations were still in force, and were effective for the purpose of preventing the mischief«.they were designed to prevent. The Bench were of opinion that they had power to deal with the case. i For the defence it was stated that a half-sack of offal fell overboard by accident while it was being lowered from the wharf. It was picked up next morning, and as fur as the six sacks were referred to the defendants knew nothing. They denied having deliberately thrown any sacks into the harbour. The accused were each lined £2 and costs. LOST AND FOUND. Henry .Inseph Blake, alias T. Burton, was charged with having stolen a handbag containing 17/ in cash belonging to Louisa McCarthy. Mr Lundon appeared I for the defence, and Chief-detective Marsack conducted the prosecution. The complainant said that on the evening of March u'tli ;>he was in Karauga-hape-road, and, after coming out of a shop, she dropped the handbag, which contained about 17/ in cash, with a number of letters a.nd accounts bearing her . name. The loss of the bag was adverti.-s- ---■ ed in the "Star," but no answer wns - j forthcoming. Last Friday she received v I I letter signed "T. Burton," asking for - i her to meet the writer at the corner of ■ I Howe-Ktreet about the bcp. If >he did not keep the appointment the writer ' tlireatem'd to make certain allegations to ; her husband. Witness at once gave the i letter to her husband, with the result that the appointment was kept, Detective de Norville and her husband watching. The accused came up, and, when asked for the bag by the detective, he produced it from behind a fence, saying he had found it. Cross-examined, witness >aid she had heard the accused say he had picked up the bag near High School. She ■> had not- been in that locality at all on r the night she lost the bag. She had not . received any other letter mentioning c that the bag had been found, and that she could have it on proving ownership. Dennis McCarthy, superintendent of ti permanent uays for the Tramway Co., f gave evidence us to the arrest of the ac- .. and his statement that he had , I found the bag. j I (Proceeding.) s c GISBORNE, this day. I 1 George Manns, a native of Mauritius, t was charged at the Police Court to-day with committing an outrage on a little J girl. Prisoner, who denied the olTence, • J was committed for trial. "I PALMERSTOX NORTH, this day. I At the S.M. Court to-day Frederick ' Hupp, porter at the Royal Hotel, was charged with attempting to burn down j the hotel, and was remanded for a week.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 67, 19 March 1909

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