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THE COURTS-TODAY., Issue 8030, 5 October 1889
CITY POLICE COURT.
(Before Messrs J. Logan, D. Brent, and J. P. Jones, J.P.s.)
Drunkenness.— For this offence Emma M'Millan and Fanny Barnelli were fined os each, with the alternative of twenty-four hours’ imprisonment.
Cattle Cases. Edward O'Neill was charged with unlawfully tethering a cow too close to M'Bride street, South Dunedin, and was fined ss, without costa. Alexander Michael was fined 2s 6d, without costs, for allowing a cow to wander at Begg street, Musselburgh.
Breaking and Entering. —Simon Fraser was charged on remand with breaking and entering into the office of J. Gibson and Co,, wood and coal merchants, and stealing therefrom 2s, their property. Mr Gallaway appeared for accused. Constable Gray stated that on the night of the 2nd inst. he was on duty in Vogel street. About midnight he was passing prosecutor’s office. He heard footsteps inside, and on looking at the front of the office he saw that the two front windows were intact, and that there was a glimmer of light from the inside. He heard two persons moving about inside, and they appeared to be “ rummaging ” and ransacking the place. They were talking in an undertone. He also heard the sound of light tapping, as of someone using a hammer gently, but it stopped when ho went close up to the place. The gate in the fence was locked, as usual, and witness, getting over it, went quietly round to the naek corner of the office, and looking round saw that one of the back windows had been pushed up. There was a stack of firewood at the back of the window, a few feet away from it; but the pile blocked up the other window. He stood at the corner, about five feet from tho window, for a couple of minutes. Accused just then got out of the window, and as he got his feet on the ground witness rushed at him, knocked him down, and handcuffed him. As he did so he saw another man, who was inside the office, smash through tho front window into tho street. Witness then took accused to tho police-station. When ho arrested accused he asked him what he was doing there, and he said he wont into the office to see what the other man was doing. Witness asked him who the other was, and he said he did not know. On an inspection of the office everything was found to have been disturbed. The till in one of the counters had been forced open, and the safe was lying on tho floor with "the door undermost, and was partly broken open at the back. The books could be seen inside the safe through the hole in the back. The crowbar, hammer, and chisel produced were lying by the safe, and another chisel was found lying on the footpath by the window through which the other man escaped. There was some white powder on the crowbar similar to stuff that was in the lining of the safe, and one of the chisels exactly fitted the hole that had been made in forcing the till. Mills, tho locksmith, was sent for to open the safe, and L 75 in cash and cheques was found in it. Had the safe been opened six inches more the money would have been reached. To Mr Gallaway: The office consists of two rooms, with a partition separating them. The light that witness saw through the front windows was moving about. Mr Jones here remarked to the constable that he deserved great credit for the manner in which he had behaved, and he hoped that the authorities would reward him.— J. Gibson, wharf carter and coal merchant, stated that on the evening in question he left his office at 9.30 p.m. Before leaving he saw that all the doors and windows were fastened. The hammer produced was in the office, but none of the other tools. He was called on by the police about 1 a.ra., and accompanied them to the office, which he found as described by the previous witness, with the addition that the desk, which had been left open, had the papers in it tossed about, while 2s was missing from a box underneath it.—Wiliam Mills, gunsmith, gave evidence as to opening the safe, which had been so knocked about that the bolts had got jarred. The white packing of the case was lying about the floor, and the white stuff on the crowbar and chisels was similar stuff.—Accused, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial.—Accused was then charged with breaking into the shop of Thomas Scurr, and stealing therefrom a crowbar, valued at 4s.—James Wren stated that he worked for prosecutor at bis place at the corner of Moray place and Stuart street, and on the evening of the 2nd he secured the place as usual, fastening the gate by letting a wheel fall against it from the inside.—T. Scurr, blacksmith, said that he missed the crowbar produced on the evening of the 3rd.—J. Gibson and Constable Gray deposed to seeing the crowbar in the former’s office on the morning of the 3rd.—Mr Gallaway submitted that there was no case to answer, there
being no evidence that prCSecator’s place had been broken into, or that accused bad taken the crowbar,—The accused 1 Was committed for trial. Bail was refused.
Charge of Larceny.— A fred Hendrickson was charged with stealing at Port Chalmers, on the Ist inst., a watch, chain, and pendant, the property of Evin Christensen, and valued at L 6 lie.— Detective Henderson stated that the accused had been arrested only this afternoon, and as the prosecutor lives at Invercargill a remand would be asked tor.—Accused was remanded till Wednesday next.
THE COURTS-TODAY., Issue 8030, 5 October 1889
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