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Pleading guilty to four charges of breaking and entering and theft and three of theft, Bernard Holmes, a ship's steward and labourer, aged 26, appeared before Mr. E. D. Mosley, S.M., in the Magistrate's Court today. Evidence relating to five charges, all involving the entry of premises, was taken, and the accused was committed for sentence to the Supreme Court on these charges. He is to appear in the ' Magistrate's Court for sentence on the other two, which are summary charges, after he has been dealt with by the Supreme Court. Mr. P. Verschaffelt appeared for the accused, and Detective-Sergeant L. B. Revell conducted the prosecution. The charges on which the accused is to be sentenced in the Supreme Court are as follows:—Breaking and entering the warehouse of the Clayson Shoe Company, Ltd., 217 Vivian Street, on June 18, and stealing 16 pairs of shoes of a total value of £9 9s 3d,; breaking and entering the same premises on June 21 and stealing six pairs of shoes of a total value of £3 16s 9d; breaking and entering the dwelling house of Norman Alexander Irvine at 108 Wallace Street and stealing a gold wristlet watch and two blade razors of a total value ~.of. .£2. 10s; stealing a variety of articles of a total value of £9 4s 6d from the dwelling house of Catherine Thomson Kilroy, 19 Bolton Street; and breaking and entering the dwelling house of Lillian Margaret Wall, 3 Kinross Street, and stealing articles therefrom of a total value of £7. Detective W. Ritchie said that on June 20 he searched the room in Willis Street occupied by the accused. He found six pairs of men's and four pairs of women's shoes. The accused made a statement to the effect that he had stolen the shoes from the Clayson Shoe Company, entry being made on two separate occasions. Five pairs of ladies shoes had been sent to Hastings. These were recovered, as were a pair sold to a milkman. While searching the room, witness also 'found other articles. The accused made a statement that he had stolen the articles, and sold a rug, which witness later recovered. The razors and watch and some of the articles produced by Mrs. Wall were also found, and the accused admitted 'theft. MAYOR'S COAT STOLEN. The other two charges related to the stealing on June 15 of an overcoat valued at £5, the property of Thomas Charles Atkinson Hislop, and the theft of three suits and two pairs of trousers, of a total value of £16, belonging to George Francis Pearce.

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OFFENCES ADMITTED, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 7, 8 July 1936

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OFFENCES ADMITTED Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 7, 8 July 1936

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