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POLICE COURT.

(Before Mr. J. Roantree, J.P.) The ordinary Police Court list this ■morning was a brief one, even for Saturday morning, three prisoners being the tally. John Woods, a'young married man, who has been yielding over weakly o| late to the fascination of alcoholic absorption, appeared on a charge of having assaulted his wife Margaret while under the influence. As both the justice and Sergeant Treanor agreed that a week away from temptation would be an excellent preliminary to Woods' rehabilitation, he was remanded for a week's medical treatment. John Flynn, a feeble-look-ing old man, who has been an inmate in the Costley Home, wandered away from the Institution this week, and waa found by a constable on the roadside in Gillies-avenue yesterday eating grass. The old man was remanded till Monday, and meantime will be restored to the Home. One first offending inebriate was called upon for half-a-crown and the reimbursement of cab-hire expended. (Before Messrs. J. Bountree and M. J. Sheahan, J.P.'s.) Edwin McGurney, master of the cutter Maud, was accused of having failed to pay one of his crew, William Humphreys, the balance of wages due, amounting to £4 5/-, and in addition, the complainant desired the Court to compel defendant to pay him doublo pay for ten days, consequent upon the aforesaid failure, and according to the terms of the "Shipping and Seamen's Act." Mr. Moody appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Dunlop for the defendant. The complainant said that he made 64 trips on the cutter, and the total amount of wages he earned was £6 5/. An order was given him, out of which he got £1 besides which he was given another £l' but had received nothing more, although on several occasions he had applied for the balance of his wages due. The defence did not deny that some wages were due to Humphrey, the amount admitted being £3 7/6. It was contended though, that the contract did not come within the section of the Shipping Act, as a scow or cutter had no articles- It was claimed that the arrangement made with Humphreys, who, defendant said, was taken on from a desire to do him a turn, was that if the full crew of three were on board, he would be taken along and paid 12/6 a trip; but if there was a man short, then Humphreys should be paid the full 22/6 per trip. The reason that the money was not paid before was because Humphreys had left before his discharge, and had consequently inconvenienced the ship.

The Bench, after hearing both sides, decided in favour of the complainant, ordering defendant to pay the £4 5/ claimed, minus 7/ for sundries supplied to complainant, and they also allowed complainant for seven days at double pay, amounting to £2 IG/, making a total payment of £0 14/. He was also ordered to pay costs, amounting to £1 19/. (Before Mr. E. C. Cutten, S.M.) THE BY-LAWS. Malcolm Saimdcrson, for driving his motor-car at a dangerous pace, was fined 10/-, and ordered to pay "/- costs. R H. McCallum was fined 10/-, costs 7/-, for leaving an obstruction in a roadway without a light. George Walters, charged with having driven across a railway line without proper precaution, was fined 10/-, costs 13/-.

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POLICE COURT., Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 37, 12 February 1910

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 37, 12 February 1910

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