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FALSE INFORMATION SEQUEL TO OPOTIKI HOAX P.A. OPOTIKI, this day. A youth aged 16 years appeared before Mr. E. L. Walton, S.M., in the Children's Court at Opotiki on charges of laying false information with the police and indecently assaulting a female. The defendant admitted the first charge and pleaded not guilty to the second. Sergeant J. Isbister said that when two youths, wards of the State, left Gisborne armed with guns and ammunition, the police believed defendant's story that he had been attacked by two Maori youths and that a girl passenger in his car had been assaulted. When it was discovered that the Gisborne youths were in Rotorua at the same time as the alleged assault, the police questioned the defendant further. He finally admitted that he left the car under a pretext of going to a nearby shed for a valve for a tyre but instead put on a nrask, returned to the car and assaulted the girl. The magistrate stated that in view of the circumstances the youth would be committed to the care of the. superintendent of the Child Welfare Department.

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YOUTH CHARGED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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YOUTH CHARGED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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