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MAGISTRATE'S COMMENT MAORI ADMITS THEFTS "It is time you learnt that stealing does not pay and did some good, honest work," said Mr. S. I. Goodall, S.M., in addressing Matu Fraser, a Maori labourer, aged 32, who admitted in the Police Court to-day having stolen clothes and other articles at Taihape on May 26, of a total value of £19 7/6. He also admitted being found on enclosed premises without lawful excuse.

Detective-Sergeant Trethewey said the wife of the licensee of a Taihape hotel found accused in a bedroom. Fraser stole the articles from a bedroom in a boardinghouse and sold some of the clothing. At present Fraser was serving a sentence of six months for unlawful conversion of a car.

Fraser, in making a plea for leniency, said he was under the influence of liquor.

He was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment on each of two theft charges, the terms to be cumulative with his present sentence, and was convicted and discharged on the third charge.

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CRIME DOES NOT PAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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CRIME DOES NOT PAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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