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At the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, before Mr E. H, Carew, R.M., Thomas Alexandrew Colman wag charged by his wife, Jane Colman, with intending to desert her. Mr Pirn appeared for plaintiff; Mr Gallaway for defendant. Jane Colman, wife of defendant, said she had been married ten years, and had bien reriding in Dunedin for five weeks. Yesttiday there was a dispute, and defendant went to the back yard, and after beating a dog killed it. He was in a passion, and raid he would not provide for her. There was a souffle, and witness subicquently left tho room. Upon returning she saw a truak packed with defendant’s and his son’s wearing apparel. Later on witness saw him leaving the hou'-e. Witness knew there was 1200 in the bank, the major portion of which belonged to witness. Defendant had thrashed her several times, and had turned her out and said he would not provide for her. Witness received the money that was in tho bank from her father in England. Some land at Southland, winch was previously owned V>y a brother of witness, was transferred to thorn, and defendant sold the land for LSOO. When wituo-s saw defendant leiving with tho express she had a suspicion that ho was leaving for Sydney, and went and informed the polio o . To Mr Gallaway: Defendant said some time ago that ho was going to look for work at Southland. Charles Ftcvens, clerk ia tho Pot Office Savings Bank, said that yesterday defendant drew L2OO from the bank and closed his account. F. izabeth M'Donakl said that the patties resided at her place. Yesterday morning there was a rcufflo between plaintiff and defendant. Tie latter had a shovel in his hand, and when asked what he was doing said ho was not g ing to let her (hia wife) knock him about. Defendant subsequently said that ho would rather shoot himself than live with plaintiff. He also said that he would not provide for her, as she was ijuite able to provide for herself. Mr Gallaway said there never was a more trivial case if alleged wife desertion. Both parties possessed a hot temper, and had had several squabbles duiing thoir man led I'fe, which had been mbsequcntly settled. Defendant said that ho intended to go to Invercargill, and went to the Savings Bank to draw some money. He was subsequently to’d that .Stout and Momly had sent a notice forbidding the money being withdrawn. Witness then drew the whole amount. Ho had no intention i f leaving his wife, but intended to go to Invercargill and endoivor to make a home there. His Worship said that ho considered there were reasonable grounds in supposing that defendant intended to leave plaintiff without adequate means of support. Sir Gallaway suggested that the case should be adjourned, so as to allow the parties to come to s-’ine arrangement, This His Worship agreed to, and the case was ordered to stand over for a short time. Subsequently it was intimated that an understanding had been arrived at between the parties, and the case was accordingly withdrawn.

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ALLEGED WIFE DESERTION., Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889

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ALLEGED WIFE DESERTION. Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889