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(Before Messrs J. Hazlett and C. Haynes, Justices.)

John Edmond v. Thomas Whelan (Roxburgh).—Claim, L 7 16s 9d, on a dishonored bill.—Judgment by default. Octavia Burgess v. Robert Johnston. — Claim, L 5, for wages. Mr Farnie appeared for plaintiff.—Judgment by default. M. Joel v. James Wright (of Thornbury). —Claim, L 9, balance of an account for a billiard table,—Mr Wilkinson appeared for plaintiff', for whom judgment was given by default.


(Before Messrs J. Logan and J. Wright, J.P.8.) Drunkenness, A first offender was dealt with summarily, while Thomas Jerome (eighteen previous convictions) was sentenced to ten days’ imprisonment with hard labor.

A Juvenile Housebreaker. Olio llenkein, aged thirteen years, was charged with breaking into and entering the house of James Sutherland, on the 19th inst., at Purakanui, and stealing one pair of trousers and several other articles, of the value of L2 4s.—James Sutherland, a farmer residing at Purakanui, said he left his home on Wednesday, the 19th inst., after securing the doors and windows. He returned at about half-past four in the afternoon, and when ho arrived found that the door had been burst open—apparently with an axe—and that a box of tea, a bag of sugar, and other articles were lying in confusion about the place. A box containing articles of apparel had been burst open. Witness missed the articles mentioned in the information, and recognised them as those produced. Accused was brought into witness’s house the same evening.—Archibald Pullarton said he was in the habit of delivering goods every Wednesday at Purakanui, and on the day mentioned he went to Mr Sutherland’s house and found the door burst open and articles lying about the house. A chest had been broken open —a tomahawk lying near the chest. He informed a Mr Driver about the occurrence, and at that time saw a boy dressed in brown clothes, but he could not say that accused was the boy he saw.— Thomas Driver, residing at Purakanui, said that on the date of the alleged robbery he noticed a lad about Sutherland’s house. The boy was about the same size as accused, but another lad was present. The smallest of the two boys picked up a sugar bag and ran down the hill with it. Accused resembled the boy witness saw running away. Subsequently ho saw that Sutherland’s house had been broken into, and witness and his brother searched for the boys, but could not discover them at that time. Later on, in the evening, they discovered accused in the bush, and saw the bag lying by the side of a lire. The bag contained several articles resembling those produced.—Frederick Driver’s evidence was mainly corroborative of the last witness’s. He also said that when caught accused said his mate had broken into Sutherland’s house, and that his (accused’s) name was George Thomson,—Constable Hastings, stationed at Waitati, said that on the 20th inst, accused was handed to him by Mr Sutherland on a charge of housebreaking. The boy said his name was Thomson, hut he had subsequently been identified by Mr Titchener as an absconder from the Industrial School at Cavcrshatn. —Elijah Titchener said accused’s proper name was Otto lieukein. Ho absconded from the School on Saturday night, the loth inst., accompanied by another lad named Freeman. The latter was still at largo. Accused was smaller than Freeman, and when brought to Dunedin was wearing a dark-blue coat that he had stolen from the Industrial School. Accused said that Freeman had told him to break the door open with an axe. Accused, witness believed, wanted to go to gaol, as he did not want to work.—Accused was committed for trial at the next sittings of the Supreme Court.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Issue 7942, 25 June 1889

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