Tuesday, March 22.
(Before H. W. Cooper and J. Gapes, Esqs.,
Drt7nkenn-f.ss. — A previous offender, named Annie MoQuaid, who had just been discharged from the Samaritan Home, was convicted and discharged, on the understanding that she was to go back to the Home. A first offender was fined ss, with the usual alternative.
Alleged Theft. -W. Williams and R. McQuaid were charged with having stolen a portmanteau, valued at £2. Mr Franks appeared for McQuaid. The police asked for a remand, which was granted, bail being fixed in the accuseds' own recognizances of £50, and one surety of £25 each.
(Before R. Beetham, Esq., S.M.)
Alleged Illegal Operation. —C. J. Russell was charged with having on December 6th, 1893, performed an illegal operation. Mr Stringer appeared for the prosecution, Mr Joynt for the accused. Mr Stringer called a female witness, who in the course of a long examination, repeatedly stated that, to the best of her knowledge, the acoused had never in her case made use of any instrument, nor had he done anything'wrong to her whatever. Mr Stringer said that, in the face of this denial, he could not proceed further. - The value of any other evidence he ! might call would ha destroyed by this statement of the principal witness. He wished to state that the witness made and signed a very different statement, which he held, and under it the police were quite justified in taking these proceedings. The accused was then discharged. Sunday Trading.—Thos. B. Gaffney, licensee of-the,New Zealander Hotel, was charged with having oh Sunday, March 13th, sold beer on his premises to persons not travellers or boarders. Mr Stringer appeared for the defendant, who admitted the offence. Mr Stringer having spoken to the good character of the house, to which Inspector Cullen assented, the defendant was fined £2, the license being as usual endorsed with the conviction.
The Rabbit Act.—R. M. Morten was l charged that having! on December 14th, received a notice under the Act, calling on him to take steps to eradicate rabbits from his Mount Pleasant station, had failed to commence to take such steps. A second information charged him with a continuation of the neglect. Mr Morten, in defence, said that thoue-h he did not employ rabbiters, his shepherds were instructed, as part of their duty, to destroy the vermin to the best of their ability. Further he had got up numerous shooting parties, allowed free shooting over the run, and had used poison extensively. It was to his interest to free the land from a great pest, and to a great extent he had succeeded. His success would have been greater had his neighbours worked as .well. Inspector Cunningham said that ho ..considered the defendant should employ two reliable men to shoot, trap, work with ferrets aud poison over the run. Mr Beetham said the defendant having failed to comply W'th the Act, he recommended him to satisfy the Inspector, as to future precautions ; in the meantime, he would be fined in the nominal sum of £1.
Alleged Bailiff's Overcharge.—lsaac Allen was charged that having, as a bailiff, distrained on a property, he he exacted as wages to the man put in possession the Bum of £1 12s in excess of the amount chargeable by law. Mr Donnelly-appeared for-the complainant, Mr Stringer for the defendant. After hearing evidence, the Magistrate said there had been no breach of the- law, and dismissed the information with costs, £1 Is.
Maintenance. —John Kennedy was charged with having failed, to obey an order of the Court, dated November, 1891, directing him to pay 2s 6d per week for the maintenance of each of four children at Burnr-am Industrial School, the arrears were £199 Bs--9di' The defendant did not appear and a warrant was ordered to issue for his arrest.—Joseph, Alfred, George and John Thackwell were ordered to pay among them 14s towards the support of their mother, Elizabeth Thackwell. — James, Arthur and Hubert Eden .were ordered to pay each Is 6d towards the support of their mother, Alice Eden.—Caroline Scott applied for an order gjving her the custody of an illegitimate child, of which she is the natural grandmother, its mother being dead. Mr Joynt appeared in support of the application; Mr Johnston, on behalf of Mt B. Edwards, the putative father, to oppose. His Worship refused to disturb existing arrangements, and made the order.