OFFENCE AGAINST GIRL.
CONVICTED MAN SENTENCED. NEW TRIAL MAY BE SOUGHT. (By Telegraph—Own Correspondent.) CHRISTCHURCH, Friday. Treavo Gardiner was sentenced in the: Supreme Court this afternoon to 10 years' imprisonment for what the judgs described as a brutal crime against a girl. Gardiner was found guilty after trial a fortnight ago and sentence was deferred in order to enable counsel for the defence, Mr. F. D. Sargent, to make certain inquiries as to the girl's character. Mr. Sargent said he proposed to make application to the Governor-General for a new trial. The Crown Prosecutor said he had had police inquiries made into the statement to which Mr. Sargent referred, and a detective had reported that he was satisfied the man who made the statement was deliberately making a false accusation against the girl because Bhe refused to have anything to do with him.
His Honor, in passing sentence, said he agreed entirely with the verdict of the jury, whether or not there was any ground for the application for a new triaL