Mr. W. G. Riddell, S.M., presided at to-day"s sittings of the Magistrate's Court. John Cameron and Thomas Troy were charged with drunkenness. The former (with 28 previous convictions) pleaded guilty, and was sent to gaol for a month. He was also mads the subject of a prohibition oider. Troy pleaded guilty, was fined ss, and consented to a prohibition order being issued again&t him. A firstoffender on a similar charge, was fined ss, the usual option being allowed. Alfred Edward Whitten was charged with the theft of £3, and pleaded guilty. He was discovered in a haystack on Mrs. Rhodes's property. Accused, who had a previous conviction for housebreaking, was sentenced to two months' imprisonment. Charged on three separate counts, one of using obscene language, and two of being an idle and disorderly person, James Crimmins pleaded- not guilty. Mr. H. F. O'Leary asked for a remand. SubInspector Norwood objected . The remand was granted till Ist June. Walter Fitzmaurice pleaded guilty to the theft of a cigarette case valued at £5, tho property of Mr. C. J. Crawford. Accused (said Chief Detective Broberg) was a remittance man. He called at Mr. Crawford's residence, purloined the article, and pawned it for 4s. His counsel (Mr. P. W. Jackson) said accused was a man who had seen better days, hjs downfall was due to drink. The offence ■was committed while he was in a state of mental aberration due to over-indul-gence in liquor. He had already been in gaol for a week, recovering from a drinking bout. A fine of 20s was imposed, with an alternative of seven days in gaol. A plea of not guilty was entered by William Murray on two counts of being an idle and disorderly person, and consorting with reputed thieves. The police gave accused a bad character as a loafer, £11 habituo of hotel bars, and an associate of convicted and reputed thieves. Murray was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on each charge, sentences to be concurrent. William Baker also pleaded not guilty to charges of being idle and disorderly, and of consorting with reputed thieves. The police evidence was similar to that in the preceding case. Baker was sent to gaol for three months on each charge, sentences to be concurrent. For driving a vehicle after sunset without a light, Edward Rowe pleaded guilty and was fined 10s, with costs 7s. Emma Hastings pleaded not guilty to a breath of a prohibition order. She was convicted, and fined 40s, with costs 7s. uefault was fixed at seven days in gaol. Charged with failing to maintain his child, Charles Taunt, who did not appear, was ordered to pay 10s per week. Costs £1 Is were allowed. Mr. H. F. O'Leary appeared for complainant. Thos. George Ealam, who did not appear, was charged with the disobedience of a maintenance order. The tummons had not been served, as defendant could not be found. A warrant is to be issued for his arrest. Elizabeth Lanoely asited the couTt for a summary separation from Edward Lancoly, on the grounds of cruelly. Mr. P. W. Jackson appeared for complainant. Complainant said she was afraid to live with her husband. Evidence was to the effect that the parties weTe always quarrelling, though married but thirteen months. Defendant said the cause of the trouble was that complainant was always out at night. Lancely, who opposed tho application, said that he was paying 10s a week towards the maintenance of tho child. His Worship considered that both parlies were doubtless to blame-, -but there was evidence of persistent quarrelling, and some cruelty on defendant's part. 'The separation was granted as prayed, and defendant was ordered to contribute 8s towards the complaiiianfs maintenance. Costs £2 6s.w-ere allowed. (Proceeding. )
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