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POLICE COURT.

(Before"Means Ford and J: S;'\- ■"■'" _, .JMckeoin,. J.P.fc.) ; riVE POUHDB FOR ASSAULT. William Moran was charged that on April 8 he assaulted Peter Brown. Mr Singer appeared for the defence. On the completion ot the evidence, the Bench inflictd a fine of £5 and costs. ,' ' ONE MONTH. ' ' ■ /* . A raaij named Michael* McEvoy was .brought up on a. charge ofhaving stolen y,n overcoat' "belonging to Leslie Hogwood, from the Waverley Hotel. .SubInspector Hendry eadd that this waa one of, the xnijst barefaced thefts -which had ever' come under his notice. The coat had been 'hung up on a peg in Hogwood't room, and on returning shortly after the j owner encountered i&lcEypy making off with the garment,. The accused admitted the theft when taxed ■with it 'by Hogwood and a police officer. Sentence oi one month's imprisonment was passed. . X Before Mr C. b. Kettle, S.M,) THE DHDNKARDS. I William T. Rcordon, a prohibited plan, was convicted, and ordered- to come up when, called upon, his Worship stating that any fine which Ec j inflicted would fall heaviest on the. offender's wife and family. . . f'Shoeking, Isn't it" said Mr Kettle as he surveyed the lengthy record exhibited by Williom Williams, a prohibitee, who had contributed liberally to the Ooneolidated Revenue in fines during the past few years. Accused was convicted, and departed with a threat of Pakatoa banging over his head,. .. i -. Charles A. Sullivan explained that he was engaged in work at the dry dock. "A very good place for you," remarked the magistrate as he convicted the delinquent and ordered him to return to work. A first offender, who admitted havinjj had 11 long beers, contended, neyerthe. less, -that he: ;was not- drunk. The case wa§ adjourned for the production of addi. tional evidence. Two others were conyicted and discharged, and a second paq were each, fined 5/ and costs. COLLECTING A DEBT. Robert Johnston appeared on a charge of having assaulted Geprge Qnion. SubInspector Heridry' said thattjie accused had been drinlEing, and taxed Onion with owing Mm ninepence. He followed up bis request by eatchiijg Onion by the throat and when the latter, returned with aurastable, Johnston charged' the complainant again, knocking him ,to the. ground. Mr Kettle. impressed on the acoused the necessity .for proceeding on recognised legal lines fpr therecovery of. a'nj debt which might be owing to him, and inflicted a fine of 10/ anircoste. i "><■-. A PABCEL OF SACKfI, 1 • An old man named Robert McOullough was remanded until Monday on a charge of having stolen 17 sacks belonging to some unknown person. Hβ had relused to explain to Sergt. Ramsay where the sacks had been obtained, beyond Maying that a man whose name he did not mow-had dropped them for hint near 13t. Paul's Church. He , wafe' a buyer of such jommoditiee, he explained, And the"eecki had -been collected in various parts of the jity, ..:■"-:•- ~\,--* (.■ j i •■-.- ■;-. '; Cj..'.." i:?..'!-, Mr 'Kettle: 1 Have you" had any complaints about sacks being stolen? - • ■' Sergeant Ramsay: They are stolei round the foreshore in hundreds. ■ j •'■*' The old man was released on his promise to re-appear on Monday, and raised ■onsiderable amusement by hie ferventlyixpressed hope that Mr Kettle would-be :here too. :, '• ' ■ OUGHT TO BE FIOGGED. James William Gribble (represented >y Mr. Singer) appeared for sentence pn t charge of having assaulted his wife, >Ir. Lundon, who had appeared for the omplainant at the previous hearing, eaid hat his client thought that the defend nfc had now received a lesson. She wai v weak healthy and did not "wlih herelf and child to be deprived of al] aeans of maintenance by Gribble being :ommitted to gaol. Ako she wu «offc learted; too soft-hearted, eaid Mr. I/iin ton. and thought that even now hei lUßband might reform, and eKe, therefore, wae prepared to accept an ordei )inding the defendant-to be of good be laviour. . ■ Mr. Kettle said that but for the ex ieptional circumstances in this case, and he plea which had been put forward bj the defendant's wife, he would hay« bought it hie duty to send Gxibble t« jaol for a considerable term. 'Tn fflj opinion," said Mr. Kettle, "imprison; ment is not -sufficient for a man- lik* rou. A man who treats a woman ac fOM did, ought to be flogged. That if the only way to stop assaults of th« bnd you are guilty of." Hie Worshir woe of opinion that Gribble wae trades the influence of liquor at the time, bu< that was no excuse. It was about tinw that the defendant came to his eensei >ver the treatment which he meted oul to his -wife, or he would get into verj serious trouble. Taking into coneideral tion the fact that the defendant h*d been in gaol for some time, and on his promise to lead a decent and honourable life in future, he would be bound over in two sureties of £.15, or one o\ £ 30, to be of good behaviour for sis months. "I am induced to do this bj the plea which has been put forward ay the woman you assaulted," concluded ais Worship. REMANDED. Joseph Braslin, charged with ivagran--3y and with having stolen a canary and 3age valued at 26/-, belonging to John 3outts, was remanded until Monday on the application of Chief-Defective Marsack. . . Joseph Winters, who was represented by Mr. Ha<:kett, wag charged that on 4pril 12 he assaulted David Lyndx so as .o cause actual bodily harm. Sub-Inspec-tor Hendry secured a remand until tomorrow, and said that the allegation was that the complainant's now had !>een fractured. 4 remand until Monday wag granted in the case of Arthur Goran, charged with having stolen a chain and locket, worth £10, and £6 15/- in money from the dwelling of Alfred Evans. William Martin was ordered to appear on Monday on a charge of vagrancy. , PARTNERS OB NOT. George A. Elley wa3 charged' that about April 19, being a partner in : the firm, trading as Hley and' Ooulson, he committed the theft of £'12 11/9 of the moneys .belonging to the partnership. Chief Detective Mareack applied for a remand until Monday. Mr. Iyundon, who appeared for the defence, opposed the application pn the ground that there was hoVpartnerehip, and never .was. The complainant was a day worker, and his .wages, were in hie (Mr." Limdon's) possession, arid would be paid as soon as the account wag- presented and verified. The complainant, moreover, had been told thie before the issue of the warrant...."; > ".' . ■ ■■ Chief Detective sajd the pro■emition were Inf omod th*fc there wiu »

partnership between the two. They alea alleged that 'theVlefendknfc inLnldt* £ f ° r^ dne y-when nrreted.--fc^TL 11 * as thit the ca4; e :l wu being (JlQwedia the sum of £10," r f - .-.-." ; ,: ; - KAUITENAHCE.- •' : ' ".-;■;-• I BobertH; J^nOeeonytw brdered to pay • the arrears unafet an order for Uβ i support of hie ianiily.Titt defav4t 14 day*.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 93, 20 April 1909

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