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Charged with obtaining £50 on April 30 by falsely representing that he had landed a quantity of wire and required the money to clear the wire from the Customs Department, Maurice O'Connor, labourer, aged 41 (Mr. Skelton), appeared before Mr. Justice Callan in the Supreme Court. Mr. Cleal appeared for the Crown.

Donald Lincoln Wishart, radio company director, said that two men, of whom the accused was one, called at his office at 2 p.m. on April 30. Accused told witness he needed £50 to clear some wire from the wharf and witness finally gave him the amount. The accused's companion wrote a receipt for the money. Later he tried to borrow an additional £10 but witness declined to give it to him. Accused did not return to witness' office and witness had not got the wire or his money back.

Witness said he had picked accused in an identification parade. In reply to a question by Mr. Skelton he said the man to-whom he gave the £50 had part of a finger off. Evidence was given by Thomas O'Neill, Works Department foreman, that accused was employed on a job at Mount Albert. Accused had been paid for a full day's work on April 30. It would be impossible for accused to be away from work for any great length of time without his absence being noticed. When the hearing of the case was resumed this morning Mr. Skelton and Mr. Cleal addressed the jury. In his summing-up, his Honor said the whole case came down to a question of identification.

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LABOURER ON TRIAL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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LABOURER ON TRIAL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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