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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY.

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs T. M. Wilkinson and R. Wilson, J.P.s.) By-law Case,—For allowing a cow in her possession to wander at large, Margaret IVhilion was fined 2s Gd, without costs. Larceny.— (rVace Findlay (five previous convictions), Marion M'Naughlon (one previous conviction), and Jane Elvers (eight previous convictions) were charged with stealing, on the 19th inst., one watch valued at L 6 and one chain valued at L2, the property of Daniel Feeney.—Mr A. C. Hanlon, who defended M'Naughton, said that the prosecutor had visited accused’s house yesterday, and the day was spent in drinking until all were in a state of intoxication. Prosecutor spent all his money, and eventually bis watch and chain were pawned, presumably to obtain more drink. Accused could not explain how they got the watch and chain, but maintained that they had not stolen them, having pawned them to obtain more drink, probably at prosecutor’s suggestion. When the latter recovered from the effects of the drink he laid an information. Chief • detective Henderson said that he believed the parties wore all drunk at tho time. The police had little sympathy with prosecutor, and some blame was attached to him for associating with the women. The convictions recorded against accused were for drunkenness and vagrancy. —Mr Wilkinson said that the Bench were of opinion that prosecutor had in a way brought the trouble on himself in associating with such a bad lot, but they were also of opinion that such proceedings should be stopped. Accused would each be sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labor. Chief-detective Henderson asked that the money advanced to accused by the pawnbroker be returned. Mr Wilkinson : What is the amount ?—Chief-detective Henderson: Ten shillings, your Worship.— Mr Hanlon opposed the application on the ground that the police had not shown accused possessed the money when arrested.—Chiefdetective Henderson: Oh, they had the money.—Mr Hanlon: Well, step into tho box and prove it,—Mr Wilkinson said that the Bench bad decided not to make au order.

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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THE COURTS.-TO-DAY. Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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