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(Before Messrs S. N. Brown and D. Baxter,


Drunkenness,—For being found drunk in Stafford street John M'Masler (seven previous convictions) was convicted and discharged. Destroying Property. George Smith, John Clark, and James Maloney, three boys, were charged with destroying part of a gorse hedge at St. Kilda, the property of William Inga. Mr Gallaway appeared for the accused Maloney. John Ingram said that he saw two of the boys holding the gorse hedge up, while Clark lighted the fire. When witness mentioned the name of policemen, they replied that that was nothing—he had "had" them before.—Constable barker said that Smith admitted lighting the fire.— Ernest Ings said that he saw the fence burning. About two or three yards were burnt.—Thomas Allen also gave evidence.— Mr Gallaway submitted that the damage was not done maliciously.—The Bench said that each of the boys would be fined 2s 6d, the offence having been proved. The evil was a growing one, and should be sup-! pressed. ' Theft.— James Moloney was charged with stealing, in conjunction with John Clark (who was brought before the Court on a similar charge on Saturday), three perambulator wheels, valued at Cs, the property of Ralph Wahrlick. Mr Gallaway appeared for accused, who pleaded not guilty.—Anne Wahrlick deposed as to the perambulator being found with the wheels pulled off.— John Clark, who was ordered to receive six strokes of the birch rod for a similar charge on Saturday, said that he entered the shed of Mrs Wahrlick with accused and another boy. Rlaloney saw the perambulator first, and told witness that the perambulator was there. Witness sold the perambulator wheels, but did not give any of the money to Maloney. Archibald Leckie, a little boy, said that he saw Clark and Maloney enter the yard near the shed where the perambulator was placed. Witness found a wheel hanging up on another shed, and Maloney said that the wheel belonged to him.—Evidence was also given by James Connor and George Capstick, and after Mr Gallaway had addressed the Bench, Mr Brown said that although the evidence was slight accused would surely recognise that he was placed in a precarious position. They would dismiss the case.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY. Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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