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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7920, 30 May 1889
RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
(Before Messrs H. North and F. Meenao,
J, and J. Arthur v. John Loughlin,— Claim, L 3 7s fid, for an overcoat and repairs. Mr Thornton appeared for plaintiffs.—Judgment by default, with costs. W. Watson v. Norman Wood.—Claim, L2 2s fid, on a judgment summons. Defendant, who did not appear, was ordered to pay the debt within four weeks, in defanlt three days’ imprisonment. R. Blackadder v. Robert Vinsen (Greymouth). —Claim, Ll6 10s, on a promissory note.—Judgment by default, with coats. Dunedin Brewery Company v. A. J. Adams.—Olaim, b>lo 16s 9d, for goods supplied. Mr Sim, who appeared for plaintiff, said that a telegram had been received admitting liability.—Judgment by default, with costs. Bing, Harris, and Co. v. John W. Burnett (Timaru).—Claim, L 7 19s Id, for goods supplied. Mr Hodgkins for plaintiffs,— Judgment by default, with costs. D.I.C. v. Victor Grace Day (Gisborne). — Claim, L 8 Ss, for goods supplied.—Judgment by default, with costs, CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs E. H. Carew, R.M., and G, Eliott, J.P.) Drunkenness.—A first offender, and Peter Leitch, with one previous conviction, were convicted and discharged. Using Abusive Language,— James Stenhouse was charged on the information of William Lloyd with using abusive lanr;e towards him on the 23rd inst. Mr D. Macdonald appeared for the complainant ; Mr Gallaway for defendant.—Mr Macdonald said that a horse owned by a man named Buddicombe was impounded by defendant. Seven shillings and sixpence was paid in consequence of damages none, and a protest was being drawn up, when defendant came up and, putting his closed fist under complainant’s nose, said he would go for him straight.—Complainant said that on the day in question he went to the Caversham pound, and was instructing Bnddicombe to write out a protest, when Stenhouse came np in an excited state, and said to Buddicombe; “I don’t want to hurt you”; but turning to witness, said: "But I’ll go for you straight the first time." Witness did not reply to defendant, and was in bodily fear of him.—Herbert Buddicombe gave evidence as to defendant threatening complainant in his presence. To Mr Gallaway: Defendant was not very excited, but seemed as though he meant to assault complainant.—Mr Gallaway said that it was a well-known circumstance that complainant was, with all due deference to himself, “ a harmless old lunatic.” Defendant never made use of the words mentioned, but simply said that complainant was a regular nuisance, and was always getting into trouble.—Defendant denied using the words mentioned, and said he never bore complainant any malice. Witness did not shut his fist and threaten complainant.— Kate Durston also gave evidence, in the coarse of which She said that Lloyd made nse of an expression from which she con-: eluded that complainant imagined that Stenhouse was afraid of him.—His Worship said that eyen if the words mentioned by complainant had been used there was no reason why the present action should hsve been taken, the Bench thinking at the same time that the words were not used as a threat. The case would be dismissed, with costs.—Complainant: Does yonr Worship disbelieve my evidence t— His Worship (addressing complainant): You are far too fond of litigation, and bring cases to Court which should never be brought there. I have advised you frequently in private that you should not continue the foolish practice; and yet you will persist in doing so. Yon are, however, not to blame—it is simply a mistake in your nature.—Upon the question of the number of witnesses subpoenaed being raised, complainant said: It sill lies in a nutshell—l won’t pay more than half the costs.
A Fencing Case.— The ease Mornington Tramway Company v. DicJcison was farther adjourned for a week, upon the application of Mr Ai Bathgate, counsel for defendant
THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7920, 30 May 1889
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