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In the Court of Appeal yesterday, argument was heard in the case of Regina v. Sinclair, an appeal from the decision of Mr Justice Williams, and their Honors reserved judgment. The accused was indicted at the January sessions in Dunedin for having obtained money by false pretences on the high seas, the pretence alleged in the indictment being that he had falsely stated that there was money lodged to his credit in the National Bank at Dunedin. At the trial it was proved that before receiving the money Sinclair stated that there was money lodged to his credit in a bank at Dunedin, and that after getting the money he said that the bank was the National Bank. Thereupon Mr Solomon raised the point that to convict on the offence as charged, the pretence must have been committed before the accused got the money, and not subsequently, because it was alleged that on the faith of the statement that there was something to his credit in the National Bank the prosecutor had advanced him money. He urged that the evidence showed that the pretence was wrongly stated, and submitted that his point was fatal, The Crown Prosecutor expressed the opinion that there was nothing in the point, but His Honor had some doubt, and reserved it. The jury convioted the accused, and sentence was deferred pending the decision of the Appeal Court,

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THE APPEAL COURT., Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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THE APPEAL COURT. Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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