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POLICE COURT.

(Before Mr C. C Kettle, S.M.) THE DRUNKARDS. Mary Cutfield was before the Court again this mroning-drunk in Cook-street. Her case is altogether a pitiful one. Some few days ago, when she had just been released from gaol after serving a sentence of three months' imprisonment for drunkenness and breach of prohibition order, she was before the court charged with drunkenness, which meant for her the additional charges of breach of her order and habitual drunkenness. She was given another chance, and a refuge found lor her, with the result that she appeared again this morning in a d.eadful condition, much too ill to plead, and she was sent down for a week for medical treatment. Asked where she got her liquor, she said "At hotels."' Henry Barstow, the very old man who refused a berth in the Costley Home when he was offered one when last he was convicted of drunkenness, was again before the court to-day. The Magistrate stated his case to him thus: "It seems to mc you have three places to choose among—Pakatoa Island. Mount Eden, and the Costley Horae." The man chose the Costley Home. George C'olvell was remanded for a week for medical treatment. Christopher Fitzsimmons and a first offender were each fined £1, the amount of their bail, and another first offender was fined 5/. INDECENCY. Samuel Briggs pleaded guilty to a charge that he committed a grossly indecent act in Queen-street, and was sent to prison for 14 days. DISORDERLY CONDUCT. Charles Frampton has been on remand for a week. He was convicted then on charges of having wantonly assaulted the ' licensee of an hotel and damaged a pewter pot. and the Magistrate considered that his conduct wa s so extraordinary that he could not have been quite sane. The doctor at the gaol found that he wa3 not mentally deficient. This morning he was ordered to come up for sentences on the charges; he was also ordered to pay 15/6 gaol expenses and the amount of the damage. ALLEGED FORGERY. Two men named Frederick George Arhen, alias Hughes, and Peter Alexander, alias Colombo, were arrested yesterday by Detectives Cox and Sweeney on five charges of having forged and uttered cheques. It is alleged that Arben forged the name of John Massey, a fanner at West Tamaki, to three of the cheques, and that Alexander, who was lately in the employ of Mr. Ma-ssey, uttered them, knowing them to be forgeries. It is alleged that Arben forged the signature of w. Clark Walker to two other cheques, anrl gave them to another man to utter. The men appeared before the Court to-day, and were remanded until Monday next. ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULT. Richard John Yorman, who stands charged on eleven informations with having indecently assaulted young girls at Mangawai, was remanded until tomorrow. THEFT. Richard Hayward is a middle-aged remittance man who reached Auckland about a fortnight ago. Last night he took lodgings at the G-lobe Hotel, and shortly after he retired to bed 'he was lieard moving about in other bedrooms. It was found subsequently that the sum of 3/3 ha-d been taken from one roam, and an American coin, a dime. from, another. The man was caught red-hand-e<l, and this morning he pleaded guilty to the two charges of theft preferred against him. He was sentenced to 14 days.' imprisonment on each charge, trie sentences to be cumulative. A DISREPUTABLE HOUSE. " I have known this woman for about two or three years," said Detective Mc-Ma-hon, referring to the prisoner in the dock. " During the whole of that time she has led a disreputable life. Her house has been frequented for years by the worst criminals of the city." The woman referred to was Annie Webster, very old. who stood charged with having kept a house which was frequented by reputed thieves. The magistrate decided .Dhat in the interests of the prisoner, and of the community, it was his duty to put her under lock and key some-where. She was accordingly sent to Mt. Eden for three months. Agnes Fanny Jones was found in Webster's house when the place was raided yesterday, and was charged that she was found in a house frequented by reputed thieves. About six weeks ago the woman •left the Salvation Army Home at Parnell, and. since then has been living a dissolute life in the city. Slie also was sent to the usual place for three months.

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 261, 2 November 1909

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