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Messrs J. Logan and A. Mollison, J.P.s, presided at the City Police Court this morning, when Mary Smith, a respectable-looking young woman, aged about twenty-two years, was charged with stealing, on the 13th inst., a brooch, a pair of earrings, and a ring, valued at Lsl, the property of George M'Gavin. Accused was undefended. Chief - detective Henderson said that accused had been employed by prosecutor as a servant, but was discharged soon after her arrival at the house on account of becoming intoxicated. She had entered the pantry and had drunk a considerable amount of liquor, and was found in an outhouse in a state of intoxication. After her departure the articles mentioned were found to be missing, and it was subsequently discovered that she had pledged them at pawn-shops in the City. Mary M'Gavin said that accused was employed a week ago by her as a general servant, but only remained a day. Witness discharged her on account of her being drunk, accused being perfectly stupid. After accused left—on Friday, the 16th inst.—witness discovered that a diamond brooch and earrings and a gold and sapphire ring were missing. Accused had access to the room where the articles were placed. The articles produced were the missing ones. Witness wore the earrings last Thursday week, and when they were found to be missing the police were communicated with. George M'Gavin, residing at Duke street, recognised the jewellery produced as belonging to his wife. Witness bought the brooch and earrings for L3G about seven years ago, while the ring cost about Ll6. Witness recognised accused as a servant in his house, but he had only seen her once. She had no authority to remove the jewellery from the house. George Latimer, employed at Mrs Isaacs’, pawnbroker, said that accused pledged the brooch and earrings on the 13tb inst. Accused gave the name of Agnes Reilly, and received 10s on the jewellery. She said that she resided at Forth street, but did not say where she obtained the articles. Samuel Shields, manager of the Ballarat Loan Office, said accused pledged the ring produced, and received 10s. She gave the name of Agues Reilly, of Forth street, and said she was a domestic servant. The pawn ticket produced was the one issued by wit- . ness. Detective M'Grath said he received the ! ring produced from the last witness, and saw accused yesterday at Ravenabourne, Witness showed her the ring, saying that ; the articles she had pledged had been stolen. Accused said site still bad the LI she re- . oeived for the things, and would give wit- ; ness the pawn tickets and the pound back. She handed witness the pawn tickets. She also said : “ For God’s sake, say nothing , about it.” Witness received the brooch and earrings from Mr Latimer. Accused had a i LI note on her when arrested. ' Accused, who did not answer to the , charge, but said she did not know anyone in Dunedin, was committed for trial at the next session of the Supreme Court.

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CHARGE OF DODGERY., Evening Star, Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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CHARGE OF DODGERY. Evening Star, Issue 7989, 19 August 1889