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POLICE COURT.

--■'-■« YESTERDAY. (Before Messrs. Thomas, Tattley, and Stitchbury, JJVs) " LOST AND FOUND. The case in which Henry Joshua Blake, alias Burton, was charged with the theft of a hand-bag and 17/- in cash, belonging to Louisa McCarthy, was concluded yesterday afternoon. Mr. J. R. Lundon appeared for the defence, and ChieMetective Marsack conducted the prosecution. Detective de Norville described the meeting ibetween Burton and the complainant. He said he found the handibag off Howe-street. The accused later on admitted the authorship of the letter, stated that his rea"} name was Blake, and that he had spent- the money contained in the bag. Blake also mentioned that he had written a previous letter to the complainant, stating that he had found the ibag and making an appointment for its return. Mr. Lundon submitted that although the accused had been foolish he had shown no felonious intent, and had given evidence of an honest purposei in writing letters so that he might return the bag. His actions and statements had not been indicative of any criminal intent. He had used the money in the bag to pay off a small bill, and possibly had done this in anticipation of the reward which had been advertised in connection with the finding of the bag. _ The accused said this was the first time he had been before a criminal court. He had gone down with a horse to the vicinity of the Girls' High School. While passing over this spot he had picked up the bag, and mentioned it some five minutes later to an acquaintance. When he saw the advertisement he wrote to the complainant telling her of his discovery, and suggesting that she should meet him on Wednesday night, when he would return the bag. He kept the appointment hut the complainant di<L,uot appear and on Thursday he second letter. On Friday he purchased some goods at auction, and used the money with some of his own to settle the bill. He had no thought of theft in doing so, and would have had no difficulty in replacing the amount from his shop. The Bench remarked on the fact that in this case the bag contained the full name and address of the owner, and the accused was tHerefore not ignorant of whom it belonged to. A man like the accused needed watching. A fine of £5 and costs was inflicted, in addition to Blake being ordered to refund the amount of cash which had been in the bag. CONVICTED AND DISCHARGED. Christopher Albert Gradwell admitted that he had stolen a razor belonging to A. E. Pountney, but denied that he had misappropriated £2 from the same person. The razor was found in the possession of accused at the boardinghouse where he and the complainant were staying, though he stated that he had no intention of stealing it. Three sovereigns were found on Gradwell, but he denied that two of them belonged to the complainant. The Bench dismissed the charge involving the money, and on the other charge Gradwell was convicted and discharged. THIS DAY. (Before Mr. O. C. Kettle, S.M.) THE DRUNKARDS. An old woman of some 70 years of age was found in a state of "paralytic drunkenness" "in College Hill-road yesterday afternoon. The constable who arrested heT found that she had no less than obout £50 in her possession. In dfcault of appearance she forfeited her bail. Two first offenders paid up their 5/- and costs or 24 hours in gaol. A CAVE-DWELLER. Milton Alexander Cromwell, an uni kempt young man, stared blankly when charged with vagrancy, but made no reply. Sub-Inspector Hendry said the Maoris at Orakei had complained that a man whom they took to be demented was living near their village. When the police visited the locality, the man was found digging at a hole in the side of the cliff where he had evidently been living. He would not reply to the officers' questions, and went on digging at the bank with hammer and chisel. He was pulled out, but wrestled loose and j fled back again into his burrow. (Cromwell was remanded for a week's medical observation. AN ORDER REFUSED. ! Felix Murphy applied for a maintenance order against his sons, but admitted I to his Worship that though prohibited i he had visited more than one hotel where he was unknown. His Worship refused to make an order under the circumstances, adding that it was not fair to make the complainant's sons give money which would be expended in drink. He would leave it to their sense of duty to mako provision for their -parent.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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