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"No matter what your ideas about this case may be, I am going to take the unusual course of .telling you to acquit this man," said Mr. Justice Callan to-day in his summing-up to the jury in the case in which William Aubrey Toy, aged 40, on two charges of indecent assault on one boy, and two charges .of attempted indecent assault upon two other boys. Mr. S. Cleal appeared for the Crown, and Mr. H. L. Boughton for the accused. The offences were alleged to have occurred at Waihi. «

! After Mr. Boughton had submitted there was no corroboration of the story told by the boys, his Honor pointed out the danger of accepting the evidence of children in cases like the one under consideration. It would be" a dreadful thing to accept the evidence of the chief witness, a boy of 12 years, - who, it was shown had indulged in cunning, deliberate, dishonest forgeries of letters in obtaining money from the accused. Within half an hour the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts. '■'■:■■/ '-'■-*■

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UNUSUAL COURSE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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UNUSUAL COURSE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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