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Satuhday, Juj,y 13. (Bitoro Messrs H. Mackenzie and W. Hutchison, J.P.9.) Drunkesnpss.—For this offence Anne M'Variant was fined 10s, with tho alternative ol forty-eight hourn' imprisonment Larcbnt.— Mary White was charged with stealing on Thursday from outside the shop of Tone Duck six aprons, valued at 4s. Mr Stanford appeared for accused. From the evidence it appeared that plaintiff actually saw accused take a number of aprons and hide them under her clothing, and that in going away from tho shop tho dropped ono of them. Plaint ff subsequently charged her with stealing the articles, and she said she would bring back four and pay for the other two. She took back four, but he would not receive them or take payment for the other two. To Mr Stanford : Accused bought one apron, of a different kind, about seven o'clock tho same night, and paid for it; but it was ten o'clock wbcu she went bask and stole those montionod in the charge—Ah Quec, assistant to prosecutor, gavo evidence as to accused's admitting that she had Btolen tho aprons, and offering to return four of them, or to pay for them if prosecutor would siy nothing about it.— Mr Stanford said that the accused bad no idea cf stea'ing the aprons. The f.>ot was that sho had dealt at the shop before, and took these aprons in order to show them to a friand who wan tod to buy some. Counsel submitted that no case of stealing had been made out.—The Bench said they had no doubt that accused had taken tho articles feloniously. Did the police know anything about berV-Sergeant-major Bevin paid that aocußed bad been on a previous nccasiou charged with stealing articles from an Indian hawker, but was given the benefit of the dcult.—Tlu; B«cb. sari ibifc they woro Barry to 800

accused in bcr present position, sooing that it was not the first time that she had been charged. However, ttioy wcro unwilling to do anything that wtu'd load her to take up a life of crimo, and thorefoie, though they had no doubt she had taken the aprons feloniously, they would (five her another chance by simply convicting her and ordering her to come up for sentence if called on.

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CITY POLICE COURT., Issue 7959, 15 July 1889

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CITY POLICE COURT. Issue 7959, 15 July 1889

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