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GREENKEEPER GUILTY INCIDENT AT MANUREWA Remarking that there were some unpleasant features about the case, Mr. J. Morling, S.M., in the Police Court on Saturday, $ent Ira George Smith (47), a greenkeeper, to prison for assaulting a girl at Manurewa on August 8. Smith, for whom Mr. Simpson appeared, pleaded guilty.

Senior-Detective Trethewey said that on Wednesday last a schoolgirl, aged 11, was missing from school during the lunch hour period. Information was received from another schoolgirl that complainant had been seen sitting on Smith's knee at the bowling green. When complainant herself was later seen her story was that earlier that day Smith had met her and had given her threepence, asking her to meet him at the bowling green at lunch time. The girl said Smith had put his hand on her leg. She also said he had arranged to meet her again.

"The facts constitute an assault, In fact, almost an indecent assault," added Mr. Trethewey. "When seen by Detective F. Miller, the accused said he had kissed the girl and had put his hand on her leg. The girl is inclined to be sub-normal. There appeared to be some ulterior motive in his arranging to meet the same girl again. This would appear so as Smith was convicted of indecent assault in 1934, when he was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment."

Mr. Simpson said Smith was a returned soldier from the last war and was receiving a pension. "Although the facts might appear to be sinister, the girl was in no way harmed," counsel went on. "Since the incident in 1934 Smith has been living in a small community. Had his conduct not been exemplary since then it would soon have been known. A married man, this is the first time he has transgressed, very slightly. Perhaps the case could be met with the imposition of a fine." Mr. Morling: "You have presented the accused's case as well as any counsel could, but I cannot otherwise than feel it was a most sinister piece of work." Smith was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.

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ASSAULT ON GIRL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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ASSAULT ON GIRL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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