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Mr Carew, R.M., and Mr Logan, J.P., sitting at the Police Court this morning, heard a case in which James Wren was charged with assaulting Thomas Christie Dawson.

Mr Solomon appeared for complainant, Mr Stanford for defendant.

Complainant, a painter by occupation, said that some time ago he asked for employment from Mr Wren, who is manager for Mr Fish. He got employment for two days and a-half, and was paid 12s 6d. On the 22nd inst. witness went to Fish's shop to receive the balance of his money. Defendant was standing at the door. One Robinsonwaa with witness. Witness said " Good morning, Mr Wren." He said "Good morning, Dawson." Witness asked '* What about the money ?" Wren asked him inside, and said " Did you not say that your wife was ill and you would be thankful for a job." Witness replied " Yes, but I did not say I would work for nothing." Defendan said, "Didn't you say you would work for 305." Witness made no reply. He was standing with his hand in his pocket, and defendant without warning struck him on the left ear, knocked him down, and pushed him out of the shop. Witness showed the mark to Robinson when he got outside. Nothing passed between defendant and witness but what had been stated,

Thomas Robinson gave corroborative evidence, and added that Dawson gave no impertinence to Wren. James Wren said that he imagined from Dawson's style that he had come to the shop for a disturbance. When they went inside Dawson said: " Havn you told people you have discharged me because I was not worth 2s a day ?" Witness replied that he did not know, nor did he care what he had said, and ordered Dawson out of the shop. Dawson made an abusive remark, to which witness replied: " You scoundrel, I've a good mind to give you in charge." Dawson seemed very excited, and struck witness across the face with his hat. He also hit witness on the shoulder, but that was apparently an accident. Witness then ran him cift of the shop.—To Mr Solomon; Dawson did not ask for money, aDd it was also a lie to say that he had knocked Dawson down.

After consideration by the Bench, Mr Carew said: The weight of evidence is against the defendant. In our opinion the assault is proved. Accused is convicted and fined 20s, and costs (24s 6d), in default three days' imprisonment.

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THE PAINTERS IN COURT., Issue 7968, 25 July 1889

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THE PAINTERS IN COURT. Issue 7968, 25 July 1889

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