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RECEIVERS , PENALTY FOUR MEN SENTENCED Four prisoners who had been found guilty of receiving stolen goods in varying circumstances were sentenced in the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon by Mr. Justice Callan. Jack Marsh, a Maori, aged 31, for whom Mr. Noble appeared, who had been found guilty of receiving stolen goods of a small value which were found in prisoner's motor car, and were connected with a burglary in North Auckland, was sentenced to six months' hard labour, in addition to a sentence he is at present serving for another offence. "Receiving stolen goods is so seriously regarded," his Honor informed William Lewis Gentry, butcher, aged 37 (Mr. Noble), that the law makes a person with previous convictions for dishonesty, who is guilty of receiving, liable to imprisonment for life." On the prisoner's behalf Mr. Noble said that the goods concerned were tyre wheels and tyres, and that there was reason to believe he was the tool of other persons. His Honor said he would assume in prisoner's favoμr that there were others behind him more criminal than he, and would impose what he considered the very moderate sentence of 18 months' hard labour When William Hesketh, a shopkeeper, aged 61 (Mr. G. Skelton), came up for sentence for receiving stolen American cigarettes, his Honor pointed out that the extreme penalty for a first offender was seven years' imprisonment. After Mr. Skelton had stated that the prisoner was about to give up his tobacconist business because of ill-health, and the prisoner's wife had testified on his behalf, his Honor said the Courts duty was to discourage a crime considered damaging to the community and which was prevalent at the present time. The shortest sentence he could impose was 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Remarking that he would give full eftect to the jury's recommendation to mercy, and that the prisoner had got into the situation of being a receiver through his disgusting habit of drinking, his Honor sentenced Edward John Royal, aged 33 (Mr. Robinson), to imprisonment for six months with hard labour The prisoner had been convicted of receiving spirits said to have been stolen from Hughes and Cossar's warehouse and taken to Royal's home where a drinking party was

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TERMS IN GAOL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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TERMS IN GAOL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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