POSED AS CAPTAIN.
EX-NAVAL OFFICER. HAMILTON POLICE CHARGE. VALUELESS CHEQUES ISSUED. (By Telegraph.—Own Cormspondent.) HAMILTON, this day. William Raymond Evans, aged 34, a former officer of the Royal Naval Reserves, and a man with a good war rvjrri, appeared in the Police Oou.'t t<> d.iy and pleaded guilty to two charges rf obtaining money by means of valueless cheques. Senior Sergeant Power stated that on March 3 accused opened an account in a bank at Waiuku for £8 14/9. He unsuccessfully attempted to obtain an overdraft, and then paid an account owing, to a local storekeeper with a valueless cheque. Arriving in Hamilton, he posed as "Captain Evans," of the Union Steam Ship Company, and tendered a valueless cheque for his board. Accused was a remittance man from England, and got two years,' probation for theft at Dunedin in May. 1931.
Mr. H. C. M. Morris said Evans was of good parentage and served with the mercantile marine until the war, when he joined the R.N.R. as an officer. He was torpedoed twice. Owing to failing eyesight he had to leave the sea, 8- n£ i he was awarded a pension by the Admiralty. He committed the offences because the money he expected, from England to settle accounts failed to arrive. Remarking that accused appeared to be the victim of circumstances, Mr. S. L. Paterson, S.M., admitted him to probation for a further two years, conditional on restitution.