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POLICE COURT.

THIS DAY. (Before Mr C. C. Kettle, S.M.) THE DRUNKARDS. Cutfleld was convicted and discharged, as well as being made the subject of a prohibition order, on condi? tion that she returned to her husband in the country. Frank Murphy was remanded for a week and two first offenders were fined 5/ and costs, or 24 hours. SEVEN PATS. Charles Sullivan appeared for sentence on a charge of having stolen a rug from the steamer Aotea. Mr Kettle said that the probation officer reported that the accused was addicted to drink, and for certain reasons did not recommend probation. His Worship said that the* theft was a deliberate one, but taking iuto consideration the fact that Sullivan had been in gaol for some time, he would be sentenced to seven days' hard labour. TO THINK IT OVER. Margaret Pickerell was once more brought up for sentence on a charge of vagrancy, and once more reiterated her intention of going to gaol rather than go to a home. Mr Lundon said that the Norwegian .sailor with whom she was living was the first man who liafl treated her decently, and she was thankful. She would return to him at the conclusion ofany term of imprisonment. Mr Kettle: I will give you the choice between six months in the Salvation Army Home or six months in gaol. The accused: I will go to gaol then. In spite of all arguments and the best persuasions of the magistrate, who urged her to go to the Otahuhu Home until her child was born, the woman remained obdurate. She was remanded for another week, "to think tfre matter over." REMANDED. A young man named Albert Marshall was remanded until Thursday on a charge of having stolen a quantity of scrap-iron valued at £2, belonging to some person unknown. Joseph McCoy, alias Percy Layal, alias Peter King, was remanded to appear at Wellington next Thursday on a charge of having stolen £5 belonging to Marjory Pike. A BIRTHDAY AND A FIGHT. Charles Creamer, George Benfield and William J. Tattersall were arrested in Albert-street, where they were engaged in general hostilities. They explained this morning that one of their number had had a birthday, and their celebrations culminated in drunkenness and a general melee. Creamer and Benfield were each fined 10/, and Tattersall, who had visited the court previously, was ordered to contribute a sovereign. A SERIOUS CHARGE. Richard Arthur Morris, Harry Mitchell and William Draper appeared on a charge of assault, causing actual bodily harm. My. Kettle ordered the depositions to be taken. The complainant, Andrew McKinstry, said he was strolling down Hobsonstreet shortly after nine o'clock last night, when the three accused followed him. When he reached a lonely part they passed him and spoke to him, but when he told them to leave him alone, he was allowed to pass. As his back turned he received a violent blow on the side of the head, which knocked him down and rendered him unconscious. As hie senses left him he heard footsteps approaching. Regaining consciousness, he went off in search of a constable, to whom he pointed out his assailants, who were then standing near the City Hotel. The constable told them to come to the station with him, but made no mention of an assault. Witness had a watch and chain and about 12/- in his possession when he was knocked down, but nothing was taken. On the way to the station Morris asked if they were being arrested for drunkenness or assault. The three accused emphatically denied that they had accosted or assaulted the complainant though they had noticed him in the street. Mitchell said that he and Draper stopped to talk, and Morris walked up the road with McKinstry, returning alone shortly after. His Worship said that in his opinion this was a much mere serious charge than where men had a fight among themselves in the street. The three accused pleaded not guilty and were committed for trial.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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