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POLICE COURT.

(Before Mr. E. C. Cutten, SAI.) THE DRUNKARDS. 1A respectable-looking man named John Ansenne led off the list of persons charged ■with insobriety by pleading guilty to a third offence and paying a fine of 10/. Peter Ryan, looked up since Saturday afternoon, ■was let off with, a fine of 5/. Frank Kroon was fined 10/ for a second offence, and Chas. Thomas Craydon had to pay a similar amount. Wm. Henry Homyer, charged with 'having been drunk and -that he used obscene language and damaged a constable's mackintosh, pleaded guilty in the charges with the exception -of fche one charging him with having used bad language. Accused was a seaman, and 'he waa convicted and ordered to pay the damage done, 34/. James Moase, an old unan, pleaded guilty to a third offence and also to having committed a breach of ibis order. He was fined £2, or seven days. Wm. McManus, found drunk yesterday, was fined 10/. Tour first offenders were dealt with. YOTTTHFUX DESERTER. Horace Lionel Benwell, a youth, was charged with having deserted from the Paparoa. The captain stated that the ■boy came of respectable parents at Home and he wanted to take him back to England. The lad was ordered to be put on the boat to-morrow, when she sails for London. A REMITTANCE MAN. Samuel Briggs, on remand on a charge that he was an idle and disorderly person, pleaded not guilty. Evidence was given that defendant was receiving 30/ per week from the Bank of New Zealand, the .bank acting on instructions. The charge was dismissed, but defendant was prohibited. FALSE PRETENCES. A young mag. named , R. J. P. Ogsten, alias Chaa. J. Jordon, alias James (Mr. A. E. Skelton) pleaded guilty to four charges of having received good's by •means of false pretences. The goode received were white lead, paint brushes, wallpaper, etc., from different firms, amounting in value to about £11. The method employed by Accused was to go to the firms, to represent he came from different well-known men, and receive goods on their behalf. Mr. Skelton, in asking for an adjournment in order to call evidence as to accused's character, eaid that restitution would be made in almost all the cases. Chief-Detective Marsack said' he wanted to make inquiries in reference to some rumour in connection with accused in Australia, and he was going to send a description of accused to the Wellington bureau. The case was accordingly remanded for a week. WOULDN'T WORK. A shabbily-dressed person named Wm. Betts pleaded guilty to having been drunk while prohibited, but he denied the charge that he was an idle and disorderly person with insufficient lawful means of suppoi't. Evidence was given that for some considerable time Betts has shown no burning desire to work, and despite the warning of a kind-heart-ed constable he continued to improve the shining hours by evading anything in the nature of honest labour. Accused has been diligently employed in a like manner for some years, and during the course of this time has earned for himself a nice little reqord, including one term of isolation for twelve months in a Government hostelry. Accused was imbued with the idea that one day's work done in a fishshop was sufficient to earn his discharge, but the Bench took a different view, and convicted him. William was ordered to come up for sentence in a fortnight, and if by then he has secured work, he will be dealt lightly with; if not, the jug. AN TTNFORTUNATE WOMAN. A well-dressed woman of between 30 and 40 years, named Ethel AleGilligan, pleaded "Not guilty" to a charge that' she was an incorrigible rogue, with insufficient lawful means of support, having previously been convicted as a rogue and a vagabond, but subsequently witht drew this for a plea of "Guilty." Sergeant Treanor stated that the accused's list of previous convictions was sufficient to warrant her coming before a Supreme Court Judge as an habitual offender, and he asked for an order to this effect. The woman made a strong appeal for a chance. Speaking in a well-modulated and rather cultured voice she said she had never; had a chance in the Court. The convictions against her came one on top of the other, and she was never out of prison more than a few "weeks at a time. After several, short sentences she was sent to gaol for 12 months, and eight days after she came out was sentenced to a further 12 months. Her only trouble had been an indulgence in drink, and now, 14 days after coming out for the last time, she was again before the Court. The circumstances which led up to- this were that she was accosted by a man on the street, and, not liking his manner, she struck him.- Concluding, accused said if given a chance she would get away South. She could not lift up her head in Auckland, feeling crushed down with gaol. Sergeant Treanor stated that the woman's conduct had not been good since she came out of gaol. Accused was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, and an order was made that she should go 'before a Supreme Court Judge, to be dealt with as an habitual offender. ALLEGED THEFT. A youth named Stephen Orsen, aged 18 years, defended toy Mr. J. R, Lund'on, was charged that at Auckland on December 26, 1010, he did steal a set of harness, valued at £4, the property of Abraham Boy.'den. The case for the prosecution was that during 1910 accused was working for Mr. Bowden, cab proporietor. [ Later, he wanted money to make a start on his own account, and went to the complainant, and an arrangement was entered into by which accused was supplied with cab, horse, and harness for £35. He paid £9.down, and by terms of the agreement Bowden was to own the property until all ■ the money was paid. Accused was to pay £1 a week. Three or four instalments had been made, when, in consequence of something he heard, Mr. Bowden went to a stable in Ponsonby, where he found his horse and cab. The horse was in a very bad condition. Complainant took the horse I and cab away, but the harness was never recovered. Cross-examined, Abraham Bowden said the cab was in good order when he sold it to the accused. He guaranteed nothing. I Have you refunded any .part of the £13 or £14 you received ?—No.' Do you stand 1 £13 or £14 to the good, and have got the horse and cab back, and are now suing this Tnoy for theft lof the harness?— Yes. The case is continuing. '

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POLICE COURT. Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 150, 26 June 1911

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