YOUNG MAN" COMMITTEB FOR~ " TRIAL. - , ; SKESLETON KEYS AND A B_-VOLTEK. An extensive batch, of serious charges against' a young man named' Frank ''Maher were heard in tfe Police Court : this morningbefore Messrs. Walker and Trevithick, JVP;' S . „aher. was charged on nine informations to the foliowinir , effect.: That on February 4: he broke an* centered-the shop of Chasi Shalloon,"and. . .stole a gold chain and four gold rihga. valued at £15 12/6; that on February* -he, committed mischief by damaging W night one plate glass window, valued- at -12, belonging to' Chas. Shalfooh-j that on February 2S he stole from the. dwell- ■-,-'•■ ing Of Chas. Shalfoon, seven gold rings t one gold chain, one greenstone-heart; two silver, watches, one gold watch, and'oha greenstone brooch, valued at _l 9 5/9that on February IS he stole froih' the .dwelling of William Phillips a silver watch, chain, and greenstone pendant valued at £65/; that on February 22 he stole from the- dwellinghouse of Elias G. Corban one diamond; ring- and- one «ol& - chain, valued at £28; that on February, 4 he stole from the dwellinghouse of Ben-' . jamin (Pain one- greenstone-brooch, three' rings, one silver chain, one go)d:-mounted ':■'" greenstone pendant, one coin one comb, one brush, and one American coin, valued, at £6; that on.FebruaTj,'2o . he stole from the person..of. Victor Thomas King a watch and chain, Valued . at £9 2/6; that on February 5 he'stole from,the dwelling of Bonald' McPhersoa a silver watch,, a gold watch, a gold ring J and a brass watch; valued at £4 15/' that on March 16 he had in bis possession certain housebreaking instruments, to wit, skeleton keys and a file. Mr; WJJJ, Hackett appeared for the accused, and Chief Detective Marsaek conducted-ths •prosecution. ... ..-t ■:_..-, ■ Chas. Shalfoon, jeweller,. of 64;'' "Vacs-' -- toria-street, said that on the. evening- ofFebruary 4 he closed and fastened his shop, but during the night he heard tin door shaking, though on going down--«tairs found everything all right.V Early in the morning; he was arousedVby:"the: police, and found that the heavyy piate; : glass window had. been smashed,, a large stone and a port:in of a brick j side on the footpath. An examination - J of the stock, showed that .a. quantity of ' jewellery had been taken from 'the,.winSow. Witness identified a number- oft-the articles produced as his property- About' three-weeks, later, witness, according to his custom, placed the jewellery in. a'box,while he left the shop for the door being left open. The nlacs'tra* closed and locked at about 10 p'.m.,'?iuia >' on going to dress the wmdow:ne_t niorfling he found that a thief- paid,'.'*■ : . second, visit, taking seven, rings, two-' "■■ silver watches, a gold watch,, two green.- ; ' stone brooches, and a chain. valu&dVat'' £49 5/. - ■ :;.-....' Constable G. W. Father said, "that oa . the night of February .3-> he tried th« door of Shalfoon'S shop, and until 1 a.m, it was secure. At about 1".45 aj_ witness found the plate glass window smash* ed, two large stones, which had! evidently/ been used in the operation). lyuig outsidj on the footpath. William-Phillips, 'fish deafer,, of-:13V? , Hobson-street, said that, at. about. _dfi- '. day on February IS he "went to the Back. | of his shop, leaving a-watch, : chain;:tef.'.-- . , pendant hanging at the head of Ms hi?. '■■ ' When he returned a fewV_inntes -la* s the articles; £6 s>> ' were j missmgi_JEae i-tra teh .prodncect gj, ' Court was his property.'-: "" '" "' ' Elias G. Corbon; jeweller, of 336,;Queeftrt '. ' street, stated that oh thY morning 61 ] February 22 he went down:'the street, leaving his shop in Chargeof, an old lady. ' ' The window slide- was closed,, but there ' was a quantity of jeweUery._side.. Ah' hour later he returned, and noticed the; slide displaceclr A diamond- ring and-*' ■?.< ! gold chain, jvalued at £25,-were gone.: r . 5 The jewellery produced in Court wa»V:: " his property.' •"....-.■-■-■. * , r .J 1 Benjamin Pain, jeweller, ; of Hobson- ' street, said that on February 24 he left: : -his shop unattended" for a short, time"' in the mprnrng. A locked glass case oa U > the counter contained a quantity of vatji-; - ables. On returning, he discovered than . the place had .been entered, and a, number - of articles stolen. The missing jewellery b was valued at about £6, and he identified I some of the thing 3 handed to him'by tte T : chief-detective as having been amongst l the contents of the case. >w- : : -i Victor T. King, a carter, living in, Male* , kelvie-street, Ponsonby,. said that.On th'a' morning of February 20 he came bads from a camp at Takapuna, where he had , r been staying. He had a watch ani chain in his pocket, and on returning tci : Auckland had a number of drinksJ, Be» ! ? fore he reached, home he. missed his watch' I j and chain, which he valued at abo»t| ' £9. The time-piece produced belonged to hi— * -,t ' . Donald -McPherson, secondhand dealer. : said, that cm the eveniirg- of February 4 ' some watches and rings were stolen fronj his shop window during his temporary, i absence. He recognised the watch i shown to him in Court as one of thds* I which had been token from his shop.. ~. J James P. McNeill, labourer, said thaf 1 he knew the accused. On February 2$ > witness was employed as a billiard-mark' J er in a saloon in Karangahape-roaaV • Maher came in during one' afternooni : » and witness remarked that .his watclj : , was no good, and went slow. Mahet_ ■-'.- - replied that he had a watch which h»., ■ would give him. During the evenißj . ' the accused returned and gave him *~ . watch,, whioh had since teen identified :': i by McPherson. Maher explained thai i the watch had been given to hinvby < - young ladr. '*''.:'■■' : '.-.'■s'.}. ; Detective E. W. Scott said that a* > about eleven pjn. on the night of-tin > 16th inst., he and Detective Hollis tc | " rested the accused in Drake-street. TheJ] . i . went to his lodgings, and after some da* j - lay and obstruction the detectives ca*< : ried out a search. The watch claimed : r by Mr. King was in one of the accused •• i vests, and Maher said he had' bought., . it from a man near the British Hoteji a detective witnessing the transaction. . In the sitting-room witness 'searched j the chimney, and behind a grate found ai . golden syrup tin containing all the jew» ellery identified by the various witnesses, ' As soon as this was taken out, MaheS said, "It's all right. I'll go with yo* now. I put them there." FurtheS search in the chimney rovaled a dot* package ■containing 83 keys, of wWffl. six were skeleton keys, a file and a T *\ volver. They aho found an electrw flaeh-light and a dry cell battery, whidj I was in Mailer's bedroom. The accuses t denied all knowledge of this forniidabU - array, but next day, when charged, hj I said he would take it all on hlmself;.anA ' would not put anyone else away, Tnj J jewellery and ke.ys had been given.;«.. .;; J him to "look aftei', and he had dene' as. -.-: c as best he could, He refused', however; ' to say who had given them to him, > Detective J. W. Hollis gave corrobora*. ,_■., - tive evidence. , • : : s The accused pleaded nob guilty," ??%,:; reserving his defence, was committed fof-. s trial. Bail was allowed in the accused* t own bond for £150, and two suretif* of £75 each.
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