CIPY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs T. M. Wilkinson and J. D. Feraud, Justices.) Drunkenness.—A first offender was fined ss, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Disorderly Conduct. Samuel Wilson pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and creating a disturbance in Hanover street. —SergeantO’Neillsaidthataccused’sconduct was very bad, and the arresting constable had to call for the assistance of Mr J. B. Thomson, who was passing at the time.— Fined 10s, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Defendant was further charged, under section 52 of the Malicious Injury to Property Act, 1867, with wilfully damaging a waterproof coat and shako, value 44s 6d, the property of Constable Boddam. The constable said that accused's conduct was very violent. He boasted that it would take any three policemen in Dunedin to arrest him, and witness had to call assistance. During the struggle accused tore witness's overcoat and damaged his shako. —J. B. Thomson, a Justice of the Peace, being called as a witness, said : “ I can corroborate every word Constable Boddam has said. I was passing along the street, and considered it my duty to go to the constable’s assistance. And I wish to say this: that I never saw a man stand the aggravation that that policeman did and behave himself in such a gentlemanly manner. I wish to say that publicly. While they were on the ground, and the policeman was trying to handcuff him, he bashed the policeman on the stones and kicked him in the face, yet the policeman kept his temper, which is more than I could have done. You can see the mark on his face now. I never saw this constable before, but think it only right that I should call attention to his excellent conduct.”— Defendant was ordered to pay the amount of the damage and a fine of 10s, in default one month’s imprisonment. Assault.— James Jennings was charged on the information of Ann Jennings, his wife, with assault at South Dunedin on Thursday. Mr Sim, who appeared for informant, said that Mrs Jennings kept a second-hand clothes shop in the South Dunedin Arcade, and maintained a family of five children. Accused was an expressman, and was supposed to earn his living in that way, but as a matter of fact he lived pretty well on his wife, and, not content with that, beat her regularly and systematically. He had on previous occasions been charged similarly, but had managed to get adjournments, and in the intervals had persuaded his wife to withdraw from prosecuting.—Evidence as to general and specific ill-treatment was given by informant, Mrs Drury, Mrs Cuttle, and William Wilson.—Accused made a long statement, during which he said that he had asked for a cup of tea, and not being supplied with it he caught his wife by the back of the neck and shook her; that was all he did. He had made over his property to her and she was trying to be “boss.”—The Bench: Well, you must submit in quietness.—Mr Sim asked that accused be bound over to keep the peace, for the evidence showed that the conduct complained of was not of an isolated character, and the binding over would be a benefit not only to Mrs Jennings but to the neighbors.—The Bench said they were quite satisfied that an assault had been committed, not only on the informant but also on one of the witnesses. Accused would be fined 10s, with costs (17s 6d), in default fourteen days’ imprisonment, and would also be bound over to keep the peace for six months—two sureties of L 25 each being required and himself iu L 25.
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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889