CHRISTCHURCH. Saturday, October &
[Before H. J. Hall, Esq.] Drunkenness. —Thomas Richards was charged with this offence. The accused asked the Bench to be'lenient with him, as he bad to catch the steamer that day to go to tbe relief works at Kaikoura. A fine of 5s was inflicted. Bridget Kane was fined 20s, or forty-eight hours* imprisonment.
ißefore R. Bee.h.im, Esq,, R__l.] Effects of Drink.—Andrew Miller, who on Thursday had been arrested, and on the following day remanded on a charge of helpless drunkenness, was again brought up. Constable Stunner deposed that on Thursday' evening he found the accused wandering about Stanmore road. There was a crowd after him. He picked up sticks and stones, threw his money about, and spat in the faces of people passing, by. The accused now said he had been drinking, but did not know for how long. Inspector Pender said accused was a remittance man, receiving £_ a week through 3£r Watt, His passion for drink seemed to be quite uncontrollable. About two years ago it had been proposed to put him in the lunatic asylum,but the arrangement was not carried out. Since that, be had been to Wellington, and was twice an inmate of tlie asylum there. Mr Watt said be would take steps immediately to bring the accused before his Honor the Chief Justice, and the prisoner, consenting to himself promote the necessary steps for his admission to the Asylum, he was temporarily remanded for medical examination.
Anothkk Case.—John McManus, the man who,, as previously reported took possession of a farm house occupied by Mrs Butler, at Dunsondel, on Thursday was brought up. Constable Simpson stated that the accused was of weak intellect. He had been wandering about the Leestou district for seven weeks. He generally camped by the roadside, but appeared to think that people were bound to supply him with food gratis. He held possession of Mrs Butlers house, and greatly frightened the inmates. Witness found him mounting guard over the door with a spade, which he dropped when he caught sight of witness. He had broken four panes of glass. Accused, in answer to Sir Beetham, said that he broke the glass to get his bed and supper, which had been refused him. It ■was sundown, and he had hail only one raeal that day. It was true that he had &*. in his pocket, but he wanted that to spend in the hotels ar.d boarding-houses—it was not much. He was remanded for medical examination.