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Following a visit by DetectiveSergeant F. N. Aplin to her home in Clive Road, Epsom, on Saturday afternoon, Rita Florence Ross (42), a married woman, appeared before Mr. S. I. Goodall, S.M., in the Police Court to-day on a charge of using the premises as a common gaming house.

Mr. A. Hall Skelton appeared for defendant, who pleaded guilty. Senior-Detective Trethewey said Mrs. Ross admitted using the premises as a gaming house for about 12 months. Up to 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, when the police called, she had taken 15 bets by telephone, totalling £12 10/.

It was pointed out by Mr. Skelton that his client was not in a big way of business. Her husband had been a prisoner of war for a long period. He had only returned to New Zealand recently, and his eyesight was affected. She had taken bets to supplement her incomings. She had never been in any trouble previously. Remarking that such gaming offences were viewed seriously, but that he would taken counsel's plea into consideration-, the magistrate imposed a fine of £30.

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WOMAN TAKES BETS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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WOMAN TAKES BETS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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