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THE CITY POLICE COURT.

Friday, August 9,

(Before His Worship tho Mayor and J. R,

Jones, J.P.)

Drunkenness.— For this offence Peter Sneddon (one previous conviction) was convicted and discharged, Julia Chambers (two previous convictions), who had not appeared in Court for a year, was similarly dealt with.

Vagrancy. Thomas O'Keefe, charged with this off ence, was defended by Mr R. L. Stanford, Detective M'G'ratli said that accused was seen iu company with another man similarly charged about a quarter past eleven o’clock last evening in Jetty street. They had hold of a drunken man and dragged him clown to Cumberland street, but witness could not see what was being done, the night being dark. A respectable person passed, and accueed and Ids companions ran quickly down the street. Accused was searched, but nothing was found on him. The drunken man’s pocket was, however, empty. Accused had returned to Dunedin about a week ago, and had done no work.—Evidence was also given by Constables Matliesnn and Mullany. who said that accused was in Hie habit of frequenting public houses in which some of the worst characters in the town eongrrgited. —The Bench said although the'policc had acted properly in following accused and men of Ilia stamp about, they should have discharged him when they found that Ids pockets were empty last night. They were also of opinion that it was an afterthought on the part of tho police when they laid the present charge.— Case dismissed.

Thomas Myall, defended by the same counsel, was similarly charged, and after evidence had been given by Chief-detective Henderson, Detective M'Grath, Constables Mathcson, and Mullany, all of whom gave accused a very had character, Mr Stanford said that accused’s father could give evidence as to his son being employed by him. The case was adjourned until three o’clock this afternoon. Upon resuming Mr Stanford called James Myall, father of accused, who said that the latter slept at home, and worked when there was any to do. To Detective Henderson : Accused had slept at home for the last five weeks. Witness did not know that accused cohabited wish a prostitute. He was quite satisfied with accused’s conduct until lately. —The Bench discharged accused, stating that they were satisfied that his father supplied him with sufficient means of support, although they recognised that his conduct was not of the best.

Bye - daw Cases.— Francis Nixon, for allowing his chimney to catch fire, was fined Is, without costs. — Eraschi Couselyeen, who did not appear, was fined ss, without costs. —Joseph Harvey, for allowing his cow to wander at large at North-east Valley, was fined Is, without costs. li 1 bbeky. —Sui Foo/c was charged with stealing, on the 10th ult. at Anderson Bay, a quantity of tools, valued at LlO, the property of William Henry Gotten.— Chief-detective Henderson said that accused was a bottle dealer, and on or about the date mentioned the articles were missed from Mr Cuttcn’s tiled. A day before, accused was seen in the vicinity of the shed, and when asked what he was doing ran away. It was subsequently discovered that he had sold goods similar to the ones missed to to a second-hand dealer.—Accused, when asked by the Bench if he understood English, shook his head, and an adjournment was made until three o’clock to allow the services of an interpreter being secured, the police stating that they had not engaged or e because accused could understand English. —At the afternoon sitting Chief Detective Henderson called Francis Gotten, a bank clerk, who recognised the articles produced as those he had missed. As a rule the workshop was left unlocked.—Alfred Lobb, groom in the employ of Mrs Cutten, said he saw accused on the premises of his employer two days before the tools were missed. — Henry Stone, dealer, said accused came to his store and sold the tools produced. He came twice about three weeks ago. Witness identified accused yesterday from among five other Chinamen. Detective Walker said that when arrested accused denied the charge. He had two live ducks in a bag, and threw them down when arrested. Witness kept the ducks, believing them to be stolen. Accused, when identified, pulled his hat over his face so as to conceal it as much as possible.—Accused was committed for trial at tho next sittings of the Supreme Court. Assault. —Charles Fraser was charged by Jane Loft with assaulting her on the sth inst. Mr W. Macgregor, instructed by Messrs Stewart and Holmes, appeared for complainant; Mr S. Solomon for defendant. There was a cross-action, iu which Jane Loft was charged by Charles Fraser with assaulting him. Tho two cases were heard together.—Mr Macgregor said that the parties occupied shops in the Arcade, and defendant was iu the habit of placing his shutter up to mark the dividing line. On the night in question Mrs Loft found that they were unable to close the show-case owing to defendant’s shutter projecting over the dividing line. Complainant went outside, and after an altercation defendant assaulted her. It was a most unjustifiable and brutal assault.—Evidence for the prosecution was given by Rebecca Crutchfield, Thomas Thomas, Emma Berry, and Jane Loft.—Mr Solomon, for the defence, called Charles Fraser, Thomas M‘Gregor, Neil

Tyree, Albert Cook, Frederick Smith ; after which the Bench said that the evidence was so contradictory that the case would be dismissed, each party to pay his own costs.

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THE CITY POLICE COURT., Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889, Supplement

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