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The criminal calendar which opened in the Supreme Court yesterday was reduced by three trials when the grand jury found a no bill on one indictment and two other accused later pleaded guilty. A no bill was returned in the indictment against Bert Foote (Mr. Skelton) alleging indecent assault on a female. 1

Frederick Demchy, aged 18 (Mr. Henry), charged with the theft of a Lockheed Lodestar monoplane, valued at £40,000, at Mangere on May 13, entered a plea of guilty on an alternative count of illegally converting the machine to his own use, but not guilty to counts of theft and of wilfully destroying the machine, which took fire when it crashed near the aerodrome.

Mr. V. R. Meredith, Crown Prosecutor, said the Crown had decided to accept the pleadings, and Mr. Justice Cornish, remarking that he had directed the jury to consider a no bill on the theft charge, remanded accused for sentence.

Sam Repia, a Maori indicted for housebreaking and theft at Dargaville, also entered a plea of guilty and was remanded for sentence.

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CRIMINAL TRIALS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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CRIMINAL TRIALS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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