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CITY POLICE COURT.

(Befoie Messrs J. Elmer, R. Hudson, and A. J. Burns, J.P.s.) Drunkenness.—For this offence Emma Brown, eight previous convictions, was fined 20s, in default seven days' hard labor. Disobetino Lawful Commands. John O'Skanassey, a seaman on board the ship Caitloch, was charged with disobeying the commands of William Doran at Danedin on the 30th inst.—Accused pleaded guilty, and the Bench expressing an opinion that they would like to hear some account of the nature of the charge. William Doran, master of the vessel, said that accused refused to bentf the foresail, and had given considerable trouble on the voyage. Accused said he could not go to sea without oilskins and boots, and it was in consequence of that that the trouble commenced.—William Smith, mate of the ship Caitloch, corroborated the Captain's evidence.—Accused said the captain made a distinction between him and the other members of the crew.—The captain said he would give accused his discharge, but would not pay him any wages.— Accused : That's all I want. I'll give you my wages.—The captain further said that the discharge would be granted providing accused did not interfere with the crew.— To the Bench: Accused's wages would amount to nearly Ll2.—The Bench sen tenced accused to twenty-four hours' im prisonment, the captain to take him back if he was required.—Accused : Don't send me back to the ship, your Worships.—Mr Burns: Silence. Call the next case. Breach of the Peace.— William Beavers and William Holmes, two boys, were charged with behaving in a manner calculated to provoke a breach of the peace.—Sergeantmajor Bevin said that the accused were fighting near the overbridge for over a quarter of an hour. A most disgraceful scene ensued, one of the accused having to be attended by a doctor, while the other was cut about the face. Perhaps it would be better to hear similar charges which had been preferred against others. George Murdoch and Frederic!; Hall were then similarly charged. —William Beavers said accused were present, but were not encouraging witness and Holmes to fight. Murdoch made a bet that witness would win. —William Holmes said that accused were present at the fight, but did not encourage them to fight.—Sergeant Gearin said that Murdoch and Hall, when spoken to by witness, denied having made any bets on the result of the fight.

The Bench fined Beavera and Holmes 2s 6d each, with coats, in default twenty-four hours' imprisonment. 111-treating a Horse.— William Stewart was charged with ill-treating a horse byworking it with an open sore. Mr J. P. M. Fraser appeared on behalf of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Mr J. Hayesfor defendant, who pleaded guilty, but said in extenuation that he was forced to work the horse because he had two contracts in hand.—Mr Fraser called Robert Aitkin, Inspector of the Society, who said that he saw the horse in defendant's cart. When witness came near the borae he saw that there was an ugly sore about three inches long. The horse was in the shafts, and when witness complained to defendant he put the horse in the lead, where it could have been placed when the load was placed on the cart.—Defendant was fined 20s, with •osts.

Unregistered Dogs.—For keeping an unregistered dog in his possession Richard S. Howard was fined Is, without costs. Hawking Without a License. —Ah Goto was charged with this offence, but made no answer when asked whether he pleaded guilty or not. After evidence had been given, defendant was fined ss, with costs.

Breach of the Buildings Act.— Alexis Thuilleaux was charged with erecting an addition to a building in Pitt street without having; obtained a certificate from the building surveyor that the work might be commenced.— Defendant said that in consequence of the job being a email one, he did not deem it necessary to obtain a certificate.—The Bench fined him 53, with cost 3. Crossing Footways.— George Donaldson was charged with riding a horse across the footpath in York place.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined Is, with costs.

Alfred Hawkins, charged with driving a dray over a footpath in Cumberland street, pleaded guilty, and was fined 53, with costs.

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CITY POLICE COURT., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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CITY POLICE COURT. Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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