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THE COURTS—TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT,

(Before Messrs J. Hazlett and P. G, Pryde, Justices.) W. G. Neill v. John William Bartley (Nelson).—Claim, LlB 15s 3d, on a dishonored bill.—Judgment by default. Isabella Ledgerwood v. Frederick Gray.— Claim, L 5 9s 6d, on a judgment summons. Mr Mouat, who appeared for plaintiff, said that 12s had to be deducted from the claim on account of goods given up by defendant and sold to his credit,—Defendant did not appear.—An order was made for payment of the balance by instalments of LI per week, in default a week’s imprisonment. John Edmond v. Robert Cockerill (Invercargill).—Claim, Ll3 3s Bd, for hardware supplied,—Judgment by default. Andrew Smith v. Benjamin Coutts.— Claim, L2, on an IO U, Mr Thornton appeared for plaintiff.—Judgment for the amount claimed. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs W. Wright and J. Logan, J.P.s.) Vagrancy.— Nellie Lewis was charged with having no lawful visible means of support. Sergeant - major Bevin said that accused and others lived in a house kept by a notorious character named Brackley. —Sergeant Gearin said accused had not been in employment for over two years, and had been in the habit of frequenting hotels until a late hour. On a recent occasion ho visited the house of the woman Brackley, and a disgraceful scene was enacted there. Accused had been in the habit of frequenting bouses of ill-fame, and kept company with very bad characters.—Constable Ruttledge corroborated the last witness’s evidence, and said he had been called on the 28th of last month to quell a disturbance in which accused had participated. —Mr Cook submitted that, although accused was a woman of the town, that did not substantiate the charge of vagrancy. The Act surely never meant that a person who was of loose moral character was necessarily a vagrant. There were plenty of women about to wn who had no visible means of support, but the Act never meant that they should be charged with vagrancy. It was only when they offended the laws of decency and order that they could be so charged.—Sergeant-major Bevin saidaccused had been sentenced on a previous occasion to two months’ imprisonment on a similar charge.—Mr Cook said accused would go back to her parents in Christchurch if discharged now.—Sergeant-major Bevin said persons similarly charged were in the habit of going away for a week and returning to town.—Accused was convicted and discharged on condition that she would conio up for sentence when called upon. Annie Hamilton was similarly charged, and was defended by Mr Cook, who said the facts were similar to the previous case, except that accused was acting as servant to the woman Brackley. Sergeant-major Bovin said accused was worse _ than her companion.—Sergeant Gearin said accused had followed no occupation for several years, and was a very bad character.—Evidence was also given by Constable Ruttledge, who corroborated the sergeant’s statements.—Accused was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment with hard labor, ADi.sorderlyHod.se.— Elizabeth Bradley was charged with being the occupier of a disorderly house. —Mr E. Cook defended, and said that accused had quitted the house, had handed her furniture to the auctioneer, and had announced her intention of leaving for Melbourne. He asked that the case bo withdrawn for a week.—Sergeant-major Bevin would not oppose the application, but accused would have to leave the colony.— Case remanded accordingly. Larceny. Thomas Ryan was charged with stealing, on the 27th ult., a quantity of shrubs, valued at 19s, the property of Morgan Whale. Mr A. R. Barclay defended. Prosecutor said that on the date mentioned accused was digging away his hedge. He complained of his action, but defendant said he would build a fence instead of the hedge, and make witness pay half the cost.—ln cross-examination prosecutor admitted that parts of the hedge had been planted by accused some years ago.—Evidence was also given by prosecutor’s wife. Mr Barclay said it was a case of malicious prosecution. Accused had tended to the hedge for years, and had in fact set part of it himself.—Evidence was given by accused, Constable Beattie, and Mrs Ryan, after which the case was dismissed.

Embezzlement.— Thomas Easton Waugh (at present awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement) was charged with having, on August 4, 1887, embezzled L2O 17s Bd, the property of the Queen ; also with having, on November 3, 1887, embezzled L9O. Mr Haggitt prosecuted; Mr Sim defended.— Counsel for the prosecution said he intended to ask for an adjournment until next Friday. Two important witnesses would not arrive until Thursday night, and he would not be ready to go on with the case until then.— Both cases were accordingly remanded until Friday.—Mr Sim asked that bail as before be allowed. Accused had been released on bail in his own recognisance of LSO, and two sureties ofL‘2s each.—Mr Logan : Is accused out on bail now ? —Mr Sim said accused had been committed for trial over a month ago, and had been allowed out on bail then.—Mr Haggitt said he offered no objection to bail as before being allowed. It had been previously understood that these cases would be proceeded with. When the cases first cairie before the Court they were adjourned on account of two witnesses—one from Invercargill, and another from the Shotover district being unable to attend owing to the roads being impassable. The cases were then adjourned until shortly before the criminal sessions commenced. The sessions would commence next Monday. —Mr Sim said it was a very short time for accused to be allowed out on bail,—Mr Haggitt said that Chief-detective was quite satisfied with the amount of the surety.—Mr Logan: That will do; same bail as before.

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY., Issue 8026, 1 October 1889

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY. Issue 8026, 1 October 1889

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