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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. This Day. (Before J. C. Crawford, Esq, R.M.)

VAGRANCY. „, „ ; , •], Sarah Mitchell was charged with vagrancy. She pleaded hot guilty. Sergeant Price gave the prisoner a very . bad character) and < was; corroborated > by Sergeant Monagham "I * ; j i*» ft The prisoner said she Was about 1 to leave' the town, and would go at once if let off this time. Hi 3 Worship committed her for two months' with hard labors ' > • ' \ | LUNACY. William NWeome was brought tip on suspicion of lunacy. ' ' Sergeant Monaghan said Lhe prisorier was simply mad from excessive drinking. Prisoner said that was the case, and now be was better he intended to keep clear of it. ' < Discharged from custody. LARCENY. Alexander Young and Thomas' bavis were brought up on remand charged with stealing certain articles of clothing from Gabriel B. Menziea. ' * ' " Mr Olliyier appeared for the defence. The evidence for the prosecution was taken at the previous hearing. It was to the effect that the packages df the pTOßeeutor, a commercial traveller, had been robbed onboard the s.a. Taranaki/ to the extent' of £20; by the prisoners, who were seamen belonging to that steamer. Captain Wheeler 'gave evidenca as to ' the arrest of the prisoners*,'' and the discovery;' Of the missing articles in their, possession/ The prosecutor declared the ' articles were simples, of Which none similar yet were in the colony, and therefore he could easily identify them. 1 - Mr Ollivier submitted that the, information being for joint latoeny, Was not supported by evidence, and therefore must be dismissed* He was' prepared to prove lawful possession of those articles on the part of the prisoners. His Worship said if Mr Ollirier pressed his objections, he should remand, the prisoners until the return of the p'rbse^ cutor, when a ; fresh information could be laid/, ... " - - ; Mr Ollivier submitted that that was, a very unusual course. He might elect to offer no evidence, but simply to appeal against the conviction. His Worship then, ruled that there was evidence of joint larceny. Mr Ollivier in that case would call cvi* deuce to show that instead of these, articles being peculiar or new in. style or quality, they were identical with those worn by Borne others oF the crew. Charles Mace, another seaman* of the Taranak^ exhibited on hie own person a shirt of similar but not identical pattern and material) which he said he bought in Dunedin eight months ago. Thomas Lennox, carpenter on board the Taranaki, saw similar shirts in the posses-" sion ot the prisoners before the prosecutor brought his packages on board the steamer. William Robertson, another seaman of the Taranaki, had seen the waistcoat in the bag of one of the prisoners before the' prosecutor's luggage came on shore. * ' Mr Olliver contended that the infottna* • tion was bad, as it laid the property in the name of the person who confessedly - was not the owner, being simply a commercial' traveller. He. already had objected that there was no case of joint larceny. He submitted that it«was shown it would have been most difficult, if not absolutely impossible, to commit the robbery un* dbadrved. v Bis Worship said the evidence was un< usually circumstantial, -but he* waft of opinion that the case for the prosecution had been proved, and should convict. He was inclined to believe that the .prisoner} were not yet regular members of the criminal class, and, ; therefore, should, not give them the full * pSinißhmeiit. Tht sentence would be 3 months' imprisonment, With hard labor. William Harrington was charged with

stealing a coAt, value 255, from Messrs M 'Dowell and Co, yesterday. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and declared he was " inebriated," and could not remember what took place. John James Casey, salesman at Messrs M 'Dowell & Co's, stated that he gave the prisoner into custody yesterday for stealing the coat produced, which was found in his possession, and which he identified by the trade mark and other particulars. CJharles M*CaQlirU laair^Ke^empfoy of Mr Cohen, opposite M'Doweirs^saw the prisoner take hold of "a coat hanging out. side McDowell's j he was looking at* it then, bnt witness sawH\in"sht»tly^«fter. wards walking With it under his arm ; witness- accordingly pare information. Thomas Carr, police-constable, stated that he arrested the t prisoner ( at, the Pier Hotel on the charge of stealing a coat ; prisoner asked him not to " make a holy show of hinv-7-he would pay for the coat ;" he asked witness to let go of him, prpmis* ing to go quietly, and on his being |loosed he bolted, bat after a hot chase lie was recaptured near the Bank of New Zealand. Prisoner pleaded that he was drunk;' and did not remember what had happened. His Worship said from the asjfcct of the whole affair it was evident the prisoner was one of the criminal class. H« should therefore give him the full term, and order him to be imprisoned for six calendar months' with hard labor, ° ' '', DISORDERLY itOWfi. ' ! A case against Henry Woods lor keep* ing a disorderly house was adjourned until Tuesday next. Mr Moorhouse appeared for the defenoe. .. i ANOTHER JiUHATIC. William Boatdman was charged I 'with being a dangerous lunatic, 1 and threatening to commit suicide. ' *•' ' : ' ■ • ' ' Evidence having b&6tf addnbeH, *"H" H - ?t ' His Worship ordered him %o find SttrVties tor his good behaviour for three months. ' TtfE frbkoWHEITOA. bWtJRBAJJCK. Hapimaoa Tohu again war brought/ up on the charge of cutting and wouhding<,anrt the evidence given for the prosecution jread over to him in Maori, ;, „ „,{•,•/ The prisoner, who reserved his defenre was commitied for trial, ,f, f ,*, THE DEKAULTIim HJLNK MANAGER, f . 'George Maurice Dt unimond was bromght up on remand charged with cmbe^lemfent, He was further remanded for eights' ilays.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. This Day. (Before J. C. Crawford, Esq, R.M.), Evening Post, Volume X, Issue 16, 7 March 1874

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT. This Day. (Before J. C. Crawford, Esq, R.M.) Evening Post, Volume X, Issue 16, 7 March 1874

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