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MAGISTRATE ISSUES WARNING O.C. WANGANUI, this day. "I hops publication of this case will be a warning to others that they must return Army property," said Mr. -J. H. • Salmon, S.M., in the Wanganui Magistrate's Court after hearing a charge against an exsoldier for failing to deliver four blankets valued at £5, the property of the Army Department. Defendant, Leo Bernard Trillo, a married man with three children, pleaded not guilty but was convicted and ordered to pay costs, 10/. It was stated that the blankets had been returned since the institution of proceedings.

Evidence was given that the defendant was put on indefinite leave without pay in November, 1942, since when several letters had been written about the blankets. Senior-Sergeant Culloty to defendant: Isn't it a fact that as you couldn't get blankets you wanted to keep the Army ones?

Defendant: That is so. Mr. Culloty: But you were told that you couldn't buy them?—l was only told that at the end. In reply to the magistrate defendant said he thought the value of the blankets would be deducted from his mufti allowance. Defendant's wife said she received a registered letter addressed to her husband while he was away, but forgot about it until defendant told her he had received a summons.

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BLANKETS RETAINED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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BLANKETS RETAINED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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