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(Before Messrs A. Thomson and J. Morgan, J.P.s.)

Smuggling. —Adam Frank was charged with transhipping one box of cigars and one bottle of Florida water (on which duty bad not been paid) from the s.s. Doric. —Mr Chamberlain said it was a case of petty smuggling, and he sued for the lowest penalty (L 7 10s), equal to treble value of the cigars. The Florida water, although dutiable, he had not sued for. The box of cigars was full, and contained 100.—John Donsem, watchman, employed by the Customs Department, stated that he was on duty on the George street pier about 6 p.m. on the 2nd inst., when he saw the accused coming up the pier with something concealed under his coat. Witness asked him what he had there. Accused acknowledged having a box of cigars, and said that he was quite willing to pay the duty upon them. Accused made no resistance. —In answer to the Bench accused stated that he was a seaman on board the Doric, and thought there was no duty on the Florida water as the bottle had been opened. —Mr Thomson said the Collector had only elected to sue for the treble value, but he might have sued for the LIOO penalty. Therefore he bad not taken a harsh view, neither had the Bench any desire to be harsh. They had the power under the

260 th section of the Aot to mitigate the penalty to one-fourth of the amount sued for; therefore accused would be fined LI 17s 6d.

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs J. Elmer and W. Dawson, J.P.s.) Robbery from a Till.—- James Harding, a lad of seventeen years of age, was charged with having stolen on the Ist inst. LI 10s in money from the till of J. H. Murdoch, a storekeeper at Mosgiel.—Accused pleaded guilty,—From the evidence it appeared that Murdoch left his store for a time between six and seven o’clock on the day in question, and that on returning the sum of LI 10s that was in the till when he left had disappeared. Constable Burnett, who took up the matter, went to the house of a resident at which accused happened to be, but on his approach accused cleared out and was not arrested till next day, when he was discovered hiding in a straw stack. His father is a cabman in Dunedin.—The Bench on inquiry from the police found that the accused had not been charged with any offence since he was eleven years of age—when he was convicted of some small theft—and said that they would give him another chance by simply convicting him and ordering him to come up for sentence if called on.

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY., Issue 7949, 3 July 1889

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THE COURTS.—TO-DAY. Issue 7949, 3 July 1889

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