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POLICE COURT.

THIS; DAY. : ; [ijefore Mt;C.' C. Kettle,, !■ l ' A NAVAL DESERTER. Thomas Connelly, a young deserter ttom H.M.S. Challenger, wag further remanded for a week, Sub T lnsp'ector Hendry stating that the police were endeavouring to ascertain when a warship would be in New Zealand waters. '' A STREET FIGHT. John Bennie and Michael O'Brien had a fight in Queeh-streef on Saturday 1 afternoon, and the audience which, speedily collected attracted' the attention of the police, with the result that both'thecombatants were arrested; Both men were fined 10/ and costs,' a prohibition order being issued against O'Brien in addition. ALLEGED THEFT. _ William Oliver was charged witli-hav-ing stolen flo from George Davis. Chief Detective Marsack, in applying for a" remand until Thursday, said another man, who was alleged to be implicated, had also been remanded until then. The application was granted, and bail was allowed on the application of Mr Hackett. THE DRUNKARDS. Thomas G. Little was convicted and prohibited for 12 months. Three first offenders were convicted and discharged, and five others were fined 5/ and costs or 24 hours in gaol. Another forfeited his bail in default-of appearance. Thomas Bayliss, a Henderson gumdigger, who had been found drunk on the railway line, was convicted and made the subject of a prohibition order. A SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE. Robert Ferguson was charged with having stolen a coat belonging to William Barrett. The accused and the complainant had lived in the same boardinghouse, and after the coat had been missed it was subsequently found in a secondhand shop, where it had been sold: The dealer, however, could not positively identify the accused,, who conducted his own defence v.ith considerable ability and evident enjoyment of successful cross-examination. The accused denied that he Imd stolen the coat, but admitted that; this was not the flrst time he had-been in trouble. "'Mr-Kettle l said the evidence of identification was not sufficient, and dismissed the case without l prejudice. ■ THE WRONG GIRL. A young man named David Tate had an adventure in .Remuera-road recently, which cost him £5 and costs when he came; to, make his explanations this morning. Sub-Inspector Hendry .said that a young lady going, to her home in Remuera ■at about 9.30 p.m. was followed by Tate, who .had been drinking rather freely. Coming to a quiet,part of the street, he passed the, girl and as she came up to him, accosted her. . She was | frightened and boarded a passing tramcar, but Tate followed, with the. re-1 i suit that-she had to travel to Parnell j and back to Remuera before she got rid 'of him. ■-.-.,. ... ;jy

Mr Hackptt appeared for Tate, who I said that,it was a case, of mistaken identity. He knew a young lady who now "keeping, company" with another man, instead of himself, and Tate -declared that he, -wished to warn her concerning her new acquaintance. Sub-Inspector Hendry: Who is this girl you have been going with ? Tha accused:, I don't,know her name She. works at rr-—i—..' " "'-. ,' * .'.""" - 7

The Sub-Inspector:, You don't, know her name? .._,--- .'.■, '.'

The accused: No. I. have been?;- with her several times and she has not .asked any name, and I haven't asked hers. Tate continued that.when, he realised •his mistake in he followed the girl to the car, in order to apologise. * •' . '

I Mr, Kettle said this was an offence he I intended to put down with a strong hand. It was monstrous that young I ladies going. home, could not pass along | the street without being molested by ' blackguards like the accused. A ins of £5 and costs was inflicted. | A BOGUS OFFICIAL. An extraordinary story was related by Sub-Inspector Hendry this morning, when a man named Albert Fowler was charged with trespass and assault. The conduct of the accused had'been so extraordinary that he. was looked upon as .a lunatic. When arrested and medically examined, ono doctor had certified that Fowler was insane, and two that he was sane. Therefore, the. charge of lunacy, which had been brought against him, was dismissed.

The Sub-Inspector went on to say that Fowler went to the house of a lady who was a perfect stranger to him, and alleged that her daughter had misconducted herself in the street. He represented himself as an officer of police, and told the girl's parents that Court proceedings could be obviated by the child receiving 'corporal punishment from the mother. This request was renewed in another house, with . the demand that the girl should be taken into the yard, stripped naked, and water poured over her. The mother, however, demurred at this, but one of his orders for a whipping was carried out. At the second house, he attempted to seize the girl himself, and used some force to push her into a room. But the conduct of j the "policeman" aroused suspicion, and a genuine officer being called, Fowler ■was taken off to the cells.

During this recital Fowler burst into tears, and between his sobs related' a rambling, but incomprehensible story' to the Court.

It was decided to lay another information, and to remand Fowler to the Mental Hospital for additional observation and examination. A NOISY MILKMAN. Arthur Davis was charged with having wilfully damaged a quantity of milk belonging to Cecil Stewart. Mr. Lundon appeared for the defendant. It was stated that the defendant had been annoyed by the noise which Stewart made with his milk dandy, -and after expostulating, had backed up his words- with a quantity of dirty water, some of whioh entered the cans, and spoiled a quantity of milk,-besides splashing over a boy whoj was assisting Stewart. His Worship said -there was no ! /doubt that the defendant had been subjected -to - a good : deal- .of interference and annoyance' by the informaiit, who. used to establish himself with: his dandy ■ beneath Davis' window. Stewart had been impertinent; and might have moved when asked to, do so. His Worship was not satisfied that the defendant had intended to 'injure aqy of the milk "or that any actually was linjured. DaVis •had intended*tb throw : the wat°r cut" in order to frighten the boy, the informant's assistant, but w a ? n ?t justified in taking the law into his own hands. His Worship amended the information to one of common assault, and fined the defendant 5/ and osiita.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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