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Charges of failing to report, having been called up for service with the armed forces on November 8. 1943, and failing to comply with a manpower direction in July of 1943, were admitted by Dennis .Keith Turner (21), who appeared before Mr. J. Morling, S.M., in the Police Court yesterday.

It was stated by police and Army authorities that Turner , was called up in the 19th ballot in December, 1942. In March, 1943, he appealed on conscientious grounds,' but his appeal was dismissed in the following October for want of prosecution. A search having failed to trace him, a warrant for his arrest was issued in September, 1943. Turner went untraced until he surrendered him self on July 9.

Dr. A. M. Finlay, who represented the defendant, said Turner was a very promising artist and was only 18 at the time the offence was committed. At that time he was an art student, deeply engrossed in his studies, which- no doubt accounted for his action. While he had disregarded his responsibilities, he had not made any effort to conceal himself and had not in any way dodged fighting. He now bitterly regretted what he had done and was quite prepared to fulfil his military obligations and obey any directions of the manpower officer.

Stating that it was not a case for imprisonment, the magistrate admitted Turner to 12 months' probation.

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ARTIST'S REGRETS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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ARTIST'S REGRETS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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