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BOOKMAKING CHARGE BRICKLAYER BEFORE COURT Jointly charged with carrying on the business of a bookmaker at [Auckland, on June 4, John Rowland Howe (50), a bricklayer (Mr. Skelton), and Gwendoline Myrtle Lister (44), a domestic (Mr. Dickson), appeared before Mr. Justice Cornish in the Supreme Court this morning. Howe pleaded not guilty and Lister pleaded guilty. Applying for bail for Lister, Mr. Dickson said the peace celebrations might intervene. His Honor, in granting bail, said it was unusual and counsel must impress on Lister that a very serious view would be taken if any approach were made to anyone connected with the trial. Mr. Cleal, in opening the case for the Crown against Howe, said the alleged offence, which was of a type that was fairly prevalent, was usually dealt with in the Magistrate's Court. In this case accused had exercised his right and elected to be tried by jury. Evidence of Constable Constable Charles Hubbard said he was detailed for special duty in plain clothes and went to a hotel to watch for breaches of the Gaming Act. On May 10 he met Howe in the bottle store-room and told him that his name was "Charlie Watson" and j that he worked in a radio shop at J Devonport. Howe said he and others suspected witness of being a detective and were afraid to take any bets in the bar. Witness visited the hotel on a number of dates between May 10 and June 4. On June 2 he placed a bet with Howe of 5/ each way on Royal March. On June 4, the second day of the Auckland Racing Club's winter meeting, he placed further bets with Howe, whom he saw receiving and paying out money in the bar. Howe had a roll of notes which witness estimated to be worth about £80. In answer to a question by Mr. Skelton, witness said he did not have instructions to admit to being a policeman if challenged. (Proceeding)

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TRIAL BY JURY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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TRIAL BY JURY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945