FREEZING ' HAND'S THEFT FINE OF £15 IMPOSED The theft of 91b of pork, a leg of lamb and 21b of butter,-of a total value of 17/3, the property of the Auckland Farmers' Freezing Company, was admitted by Peter Skokandich (23), freezing chamber hand, when he appeared in the Police Court to-day. Senior-Detective Trethewey said Skokandich,-who was employed at the Southdown works, was seen to be acting suspiciously near some butter. Later when his home was searched the goods mentioned in the charge were found. He admitted stealing them over a period of four days. Miss Valerie Anderson, who represented accused, said Skokandich's wife was shortly to be confined. Not being aware that she was entitled, as an expectant mother, to extra supplies of butter, accused succumbed to temptation. In view of accused's previous good character Miss Anderson suggested that he might be given, the benefit of probation. Mr. S. I. Goodall, S.M.: I cannot grant probation in such a case, for the things he stole are strictly rationed. Such an offence is a serious one, but I will not impose a term of 'imprisonment. Skokandich was fined £15, to be paid immediately, in default 14 days' imprisonment.
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RATIONED GOODS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
RATIONED GOODS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
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