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BOYS SENTENCED, Evening Post, Volume LXXXV, Issue 34, 10 February 1913
ROBBING A CHINAMAN'S SHOPi James .O'Neill, who. pleaded guilty, and Walter Krausch and Seddon Reid, wlio were. found guilty on Saturday, of breaking and "entering into a Chinaman's shop and stealing a sum of money, came before His Honour Mr. Justice Chapman' to-day for sentence. M l -' ' O^Neill was represented by .Mr. T.;M. Wilford, Krausch by Mr. G. Samuel, and Reid by Mr. V. R. Meredith. On behalf of O'Neill Mr.. Wilford called Sergeant-Detective Casfiells, who stated he had known O'Neill about six months. His mother was a respectable hard-working widow living in- Taranaki* street, and O'Neill himself had been in constant work. The position he was in to-day was due to his keeping bad company, of which there was any amount in the locality where he was* living. :"I am satisfied," said the. detective, "that the Master hand in the game has been Krausch, who led the other two on. O'Neill, when arrested, <told:'4he whole truth about the matter- and materially assisted the police.-" Mr. Wilford added that the probation officer's report was- favourable. He thought it would not be unduly stretching the , provision of tlie Probation - Act to give the lad another chance. His . Honour : He got a share of the plunder, did he not ?■ •' Mr. Macassey : Yes,' your Honour, £10. , In regard to Krausch, Mr. Samuel said he Was 18 years of age, & foreigner, who had only been in the country" a yearand knew so little about the language that he wad unable to follow the proceedings in Court. He had worked a* a labourer on the wharf and in small coastal-, vessels. The police report stated that habitually went armed, but this the prisoner denied. Detective Cassells was called by Mr. Meredith to say what he krteW.iof- the lrfd Reid. The witness reiterated that Kfatisch was the ringleader 1 :' and Reid bore a good reputation, until some weeks before the crime he began to associate with bad company and left his father's house. Counsel added, that if. the lad were given another chance his father would j exercise the strictest. control over him in the future. His age,, was 16i years. .* .... - His Honour, after deliberating . some minutes, passed sentence. To Krausch, he said ; "Though you are a very young nian you; have shown yourself a, criminal. Ifou have got these other young fellows to go into this robbery with you. I am quite 1 sure it was you "who began- the whole thing,, and planned to' rob these Chinamen. You • got ■ the other young felloWs to foll6w you when you pointed out where money could be got -from these unfortunate men. Now I have been told you are a foreighei<r-a German, The Germans in .this ..country, are among the very best people we have here. All through New, Zealand there are thousands •of . German's,, and they are among the most honest of our people, and they are always regarded as being among the best of .our' colonists. - You have come ' here,' as a sailor to this country and evidently thought you could do what you' liked. You were satisfied you could fill' your pockets ■by robbing other . unfortunate foreigners. These meu .have worked hard for their livingj and they have lost their hard earned savings. I don't think, under these circumstanced, 1 can possibly let you go free. My duty is to send you to a place ,where you will be properly looked after, under regulations jsuitable-j to your age. I hope you will Come out a better man than you are now. You are sentenced to detention for 'reformative purposes for" a period of two years. I shall ask 'the/ gaoler fb make a recommendation that the sentence be carried out at Invercargill." In regard to the case. of, O'Neill, his Honour said he had very great difficulty from the fact ihat it wae found necessary some years ago - toy treat these crimes of so-called boye— over-precocious boyer-as ' actual - crimes, , and " send the boys to prison, >much against the Judges' will. ' There were so. many esses at the time that it became absolutely necesear y. > However, he had come to the conclusion— though with a great deal of- heaitatibn.-'-that he could-,. - fulfil' hk duty by admitting the 'prisoner to pro bation, but it would be .under such , conditions that the. burden of -the puiv'shment for -the crime he -had- committed would be seVerely felt. The term ot the probation would be the full period of three years, and' during that time he would ■be under the obligation not only of committing no offence against • the law and of general good behaviour,' but of -paying at the. rate of iOs-.,a month to the Probation Officer v to compensate the Chinese robbed of their, money. They were hard-working, men, and' the prisoner should do something -to make- up for' their -'loss. The firet: paynient would be made on the let/March next, .and on the -first of each 'month- following,-' until the end of the .term of, probation, -niaking.up a total amount of £18; "I wisa to say," added his Honour, "that, you have- in a great meastife ' to thank" the police, especially $eteetive"-Sergeaht Caesells, . who has come .forward and given me substantial "assistance* in my endeavour. to do my best for -you." Probation was granted to tteid also 1 on somewhat similar terms for the full period of three years,- but his- Honour said he ' recognised that' R«id •' as an • apprentice would not have the'-sahie- opportunities of earning money 'as O'N«ill. During the first eight months he' would have to pay'2B-6d a month to the' Probation Officer, the -first' payment tp be made on the Ist March next. .During the "next sixteen months" -he ..would have to pa/ 5s a month, 4 , and during the remaining twelve months -TOs* a, month— the laet payment bringing • the total up to £11. He would have to help 1 to bear the ' burden of compensating the men he had so^'recklessly helped to rob of their hard-earned ' sav^ ings. - ■ ■- Several inebriates were punished by Mr. Horace Baker, J.P". ? a.t trto.Mi Cook Police Court this . morning.. An. old offender, Georg© Hastings, wa« to two months' imprisonment, Frank Broker, Thos. Campbell, and Henry Greenfield were each fined 10s, with the optioft of forty-eight hours' detention. Four first offenders, who failed, to pufc in an appearance, had their- bail C6treatedy and another was penalised in the amount of sb, or twenty-four hours in gaol. . , • ' ,' .Oil Saturday afternoon -at Day's, Bay a cricket match was played by teams comprised ,of delegates attending the Methodist Conference. " The A team scored 93 (E. O. Blamires 31, retired, Speer 15, Elliott 13 , and . Olphert 11). H-. L. Blamires took 8 wickets for '4s. The'B team compiled 1-30 "(Hay '30, retired E. P. Blamires 29, Cocker '26, and Pugh 15). Speer took 4 wickets for 59, and Haslam 3 for 14. • The children w!k> failed to* procure' toys 4t the late waterside workers picnic will He supplied on production of their tickets at QUeeri's Chambers on Wednesday, 19th February/ The Anglo- American Music ' Store, Cubastreet, advertise special prices for tho latest ragtime music. ' This .week's functions in connection, with the United' Methodist Ckhfertnce are advertised ifl to-night's issue. This evening a musical festival will be held in Wesley Church at 8 o'clock.
BOYS SENTENCED, Evening Post, Volume LXXXV, Issue 34, 10 February 1913
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