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POLICE COURT.

.-..-" i ■"'•:- .SHIS; DAY. ".- ;|i (Before iMr. G.,;.C. ; Kettle, ,6M,) A GALLANT RESCUE. . Peter Jacobsen,: a niaii" from. the Southern Wairoa, • who - fell over the Railway Wharf some time ago while-in a drunken state, and was' rescued by two lads from a Norwegian ship, came, up for sentence this morning. ' SubInspector Hendry said that Jacobsen had been rescued by the two boys inthe face of a very strong current. Their, gallant conduct had been publicly ie-. cpgnieed. ...-. ■ r ; Mr. Kettle: I should like to-get the names of these .boys arid recommend them to the Royal Humane Society. Sub-Inspector Hendry: I believe that has been done. It is one of the most gallant cases I have come across in the whole of .my police experience,, seeing that they were such young lads. ■ ■Jacobsen expressed regret for his adventure, and was finally- released qn his promise to pay the expenses incurred. A prohibition order was issued against him, as an additional preventative against alcoholic excess. ! A MORNING EXCURSION. Margaret O'Connor, a respectably dressed woman, appeared to answer her second charge of drunkenness during six months. She stated that her husband and family of nine were in Taranaki, and that she was on a visit to Auckland. Mr. Kettle advised her to Speedily return home, besides inflicting a fine of 5/- and a prohibition order for twelve months. Meredith M. Williams, a young man, who hid been in company with the previous witness, protested violently 'and with an air of Wronged innocence against the charges of drunkenness and obstructing the police preferred against him. Sergeant Eales said he observed the pair staggering about the street yesterday morning, followed by a considerable number of curious spectators. He arrested the woman, and while putting her in the cab, Williams informed him that the lady was his friend, and he could protect her. He clung to the cab and obstructed the (Sergeant to such an extent that he soon joined his feminine companion on her way to the station. Williams protested £hat he had been all over the world, arid had never been before a Court on such a: charge. "You have ruined my life!" he informed Sergeant Eales with dramatic emphasis. The evidence against him, however, wns too strong, several ' police officers stating that he was druiik. "What are you doing here?" queried Mr. Kettle of the much-excited Williams, who replied to the amusement of the Court, "Why, the police brought mc here." Since coming to New Zealand froni Sydney he had been navvying, but did not class himself as an expert at that class of industry. After a few more minutes of voluble protest, Williams was remanded for a week's medical treatment, to his great disgust. i AFTER THE RAGES. John Carter and James Simpson, after returning 'from the races, were o-bserved arguing in the-street, Simpson accusing his companion of having picked his pocket. Carter resented the imputation," and struck his accuser. He was there-, upon arrested> and while on the way to the station dealt Simpson another blow. Both men had been drinking before the row occurred. Carter was convicted of assault and fined 20/-, in default 48 hours. •» Joseph Butler, another racecourse' visitor, challenged the barman of the Edinburgh Castle Hotel to fight when refused drink and requested to leave the premises. FOR SAFETY'S SAKE. A young man named Charles Head ■was charged with having stolen a watch and chain,' valued at belonging to William O'Hara. O'Hara had been before the Court on a charge of drunkenness a few minutes previously and had been convicted. Sub-Inspector Hendry stated that the accused and O'Hara were at the Harp of Erin Hotel, and -the latter was in a drunken state outside when the accused took a watch and chain from his pocket. Some people who saw him do it advieed him -to give it 'back, and ■just before the ■ local constable arrived Head gave it r to a: barmaid. When Constable Sherman arrived he interrogated Head, and left him in a room while he went, out for a few minutes. During the constable's absence, the accused got through a window and made off. Constable Sherman mounted his horse and went in pursuit, but lost him in the. darkness. Returning to the hotel he attended ,to O'Hara, and then went off after Head, whom he captured later" on the road. The accused then said he took the watch from the old man, who was drunk, and gave it to someone who knew him for; safe-keeping. The accused said he had had a ¥ew drinks after leaving the races, and went to the Harp of Erin. He caw O'Hara in an intoxicated state outside [the hotel, lying on the ground. Witness tried to pick him up, and as there were a lot ot people about the place he took his •watch away for safety's sake. Some people then accused him of stealing the watch, but he denied it, and said he thought he was doing the old;man a good turn. Later on, oh the advice of a man. in the hotel, he handed the watch over to the barmaid for safe keeping. - Mr. Kettle said he would adjourn the further hearing of the case in order-that the barman and barmaid might be brought to give evidence. THE BSUMKAEBS. John Cameron, who was dnesad as a third offender, was fined 20s. and costs, iii default 48 hours' imprisonment. Alfred N. Adams paid 10s. and. costs-. Ada Warner was convicted and- made the subject of a prohibition order. Four firet offenders were each fined ss. and cobts, in default 24 hours', and two others forfeited their bail. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. -■- James S. Robinson was charged with having attempted to commit suicide. Suo-Inspector. Hendry said the incident took place in the bar of' Gleeson's Hotel. Without any warning, he slashed himself across the throat with a razor and fell to the ground; Mr. Kettle: Evidently the act of a man raving with, drink. The accused said he had been drinking for some days before this attempt 6ccurred. He had. had- his razor set that omrning, and had gashed his throat while in a drink excited state. Beyond that he could not explain hie action; ::':- •• • Mr. Kettle decided that Robinson should be convicted and discharged, on hie promise not to repeat the offence.

WilUanf ; Moran was. ."charged that on April 8 he assaulted Peter Brown so. as to. cause "him actual- bodily: harm. On the.application of Mr.- Singer.'axfur-: ther remand was granted until Monday, hail being allowed as before. ; A BAILIFF'S TROUBLES. ■■ Joseph Tanner-appeared to answer ;a •charge of haying assaulted, and wilfully obstructed' William Palmer, a person in the lawful execution of a process against the--goods -of Charles Short. ' 'Mr. S. Mays appeared for the prosecution/ and Mr. |R. McVeagh tor the defence. -. '.' Mr;' Mays,; in opening the case, said that -a sheriff's officer in pursuance : of a writ of the Supreme Court took lawful possession; of.Short's premises. The defendant was a partner with Short, ; and on March 3 came to the .premises, and, although warned mot to touch some; horses, he thrust' the officer aside, and .took the horses out. Subsequently, arrangements were made for taking the horses out, but this occurrence took place before the arrangements'" were made. Mr. Mays mentioned that the accused used :no great "violence in committing the alleged assault. • -~ . , (Proceeding.) -. ■!

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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