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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATES COURT,

(Before Messrs W. Ilislop and J. I'. Jones, J.l'.s.) Frederick Smith v. Conrad Buckingham.— Claim, 1.4 17s, balance due on a judgment summons. Mr Joel appeared for plaintiff; there was no appearance of defendant. Counsel stated that the latter was quite able to pay the balance, being in receipt of eiillioient moneys to pay the account. —The Bench ordered the defendant to pay the amount still owing in weekly instalments of LI ; first payment to be made on 4th prox., in default four days' imprisonment,

CITY POLICE COURT,

(Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.)

Indickni CnifJ)REtf.— Julia Dunn, aged ten yeara, and John Dunn, aged seven years, were charged with being indigent children under the Industrial Schools Act. This matter was before the Court a week ago, and adjourned to see whether an arrangement could be made with the Benevolent Trustees. —His Worship: I have been favored with some information from the Benevolent Institution with regard to these children, and, under the circumstances, all I can do is to commit them to the Industrial School. —An order was then made out directing the children to be brought up in tho Roman Catholic form of faith. Pkovokinc. Lanouahk. — Alexander Flemin;/ pleaded not guilty to a charge of using provoking language to Lilly Loftman, who prayed that he be bound over to keep the Mr Stanford appeared for complainant ; Mr Solomon for defendant.— Complainant said that on tho 12th inst. she moved from one of defendant's houses to a place in Hanover street. In the evening defendant and his wife came and asked witness about a, key of their house. Witness replied that she had given up the key. He said there was another key. Witness said there was not. He commeuced to create a disturbance, on which witness put her hand on his shoulder and ordered him to leave the premises, He then called her an offensive name and struck her in the face. To Mr Solomon: The Flemings were kind to witness in her illness, continuing until she left their house. Harriet Bryan and Sarah Foster gave evidence—Mr Solomon submitted that the case was trumpery in the extreme, even supposing complainant's story were correct, which would be denied.—His Worship : I am satisfied from the evidence of complainant that this is an isolated occurrence, and not likely to happen again. 1 may at the same timo say that lam not dealing with the assault, that not being charged in the information. If I had been dealing with the assault I might have come to a different opinion. Tho caso is dismissed.

Affiliation. Robert M'Taygarl was charged by Elizabeth I fall with being the father of her illegitimate child, and with refusing to provide for its support. Mr E. Cook, acting on behalf of complainant, asked for an adjournment on the ground that a necessary witness was absent through illness.—Mr Hanlon, counsel for the defendant, objected to the application. Defendant was a married man, and his wife had already left him on account of this summons; and it was unfair to put bim to further expense. Defendant was of opinion that the absent witness dared not go into the box.— His Worship granted an adjournment until the 4th July. Maintenance.—Denis Tobin charged his son, Edwin Tobin, with discharging an order by which the latter was directed to contribute towards complainant's support. —lt appeared that the order directed that the money be paid into the Court at Invercargill.— His Worship said he could not make an order until he was assured that the money had not been paid into the Court there. He would, if complainant wished, adjourn the matter for a fortnight—Complainant asked that this be done, and His Worship directed accordingly. Bright v. Bright was adjourned uutil the 11th July.

PORT CHALMERS POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs A. Thomson and J. Morgan, J.P.s.)

Robbing a Till,—Sydney Sexton, a small boy, was charged with stealing from

the till of Whnm Poo. Accused pleaded guilty, but said that another boy named Bayley was with him at the time.—The complainant, a Chinese storekeeper, Baid that on the evening of the 25th inst. he left hia shop in charge of a countryman, and on returning missed seven shillinge. On making inquiries he was told that a boy had been seen übout the premises. He recognised the uixpenue produced by a mark it bore.—William Bayley, nine years old, deposed that he saw accused go into the shop and come out with money in his hand. He said he got it from his father, and gave witness a half a crown. They spent the money in pies aud coffee.— John Sharp, restaurant keeper, said that on the evening in question the two boys and a girl came to his place and had pies and coffee. They afterwards bought a packet of cigarettes, which they paid for with the sixpence that had been produced. —Sergeant Mnlvillc stated when he went to arrest accused he made a dart through a broken window like a wild cat and was away. In the afternoon his mother brought him down to the station, when he acknowledged taking the money, but said that the boy Bayley was with him. There had been a number of complaints from the shopkeepers about the acoused, who seemed to be the leader of the gang. Accused did not go to school, but Bayley did. In answer to Mr Thomson, witness stated the house occupied by tho Sexton family was in a very delapidated state, the windows being nearly all broken. There were no outhouses, and the fence was nearly all gone. The house, he believed, was the property of the Benevolent Institution. Although witness had only been in the Port for a short time several complaints had been made to him of the conduct of tho Sexton family by the neighbors. He believed that there were eight of a family, accused being the eldest, the father being a fisherman.—The mother of accused stated that she had no idea the boy had stolen any money. On the evening of the 25th she sent him on an errand, but as he did not return until half-past nine his father beat him severely for being out so late. She had eight children, accused, who was eight years of age, being the eldest. The reason she did not send him to school was that he was rather deaf and very backward in his speech. She had been living in tho house for about two years and a-half rent free. In answer to Mr Thomson, witness stated that she was not in the habit of begging of anyone in tho Port, and she had never represented herself as any other than Mrs Sexton.— Mr Thomson said that this was ono of those very sad cases which seemed to be cropping up all over the colony of little children becoming almost as daring as highwaymen. Thoy were not sent to school, and, no provision being made for them at home, it was no wonder that they should turn out bad. The house the family lived in was partly erected by the generosity of some of the working men in the Port, and now belonged to the Benevolent Institution. Tho house was a co-nplete wreck, the windows being broken, and the outhouses and fences gone. No rent was paid, and the whole family were a perfect nuisance to the neighborhood, it being impossible to keep anything from them without it was either chained or locked, lie could not speak too strongly against the Sexton family, and property in the neighborhood of their dwelling depreciated in value owing to the mischief done by these children. It was no wonder fences disappeared when no firewood was ever bought, but got from those who unfortunately lived in the neighborhood. Both the father and the mother were young and strong and able, if they so wished, to support the family. But tho father preferred to spend his earnings in drink, and very likely very little money was taken home. The mother denied that she had ever begged under another name, but he did not believe there was hardly one respectable person in the Port whom she had not visited with some plausible tale. Ilia remarks, although, perhaps, not so strong, wore also intended for Bayley. Although accused had pleaded guilty, the Bench hardly knew what to do with him, as ho was too young to send to gaol. They had tho power to order him a whipping, but thought he was nioro to be pitied ; therefore tiiey did not like to order it. But if he evor appeared again before thorn on a similar charge ho would bo severely punished. They now convicted and discharged him.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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