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THE COURTS-TO-DAY.

RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT,

(Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.)

James R. Briggs v. Ly Ching.—Claim, L2O lGs, beer supplied. Mr Milne for the plaintiff, for whom judgment was given by default for the amount claimed, with costs. Same v. Henry M'Kay (Albertown).— Claim, L 4 4s, for beer supplied. Mr Milne appeared for the plaintiff, for whom judgment wa3 given for L 3 103, with costs. D. Larnaoh v. Richard Hugh Todd.— Claim, LI, for rates on property at West Harbor. Defendant admitted his liability, but complained that the Borough Council had not made a road to his property.— Judgment was given for the amount claimed, with costs, Bing, Harris,and Co. v. J. Laverty (Hyde). —Claim, L 49 Is 7d, for goods supplied. Defendant had paid the debt since issue of the summons, and Mr Hodgkins, for plaintiffs, now asked for costs.—An order was made accordingly.

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs J. B. Thomson and J. Elmer, J.P.s.) Drunkenness. For this offence three first offenders were dealt with in the usual manner. Remanded Case.— James Itossittcr, convicted of stealing jewellery, etc., to the value of L 3, the property of John Graham, came up for sentence. Sentence had been deferred so as to allow the parents of accused, who reside at Melbourne, to be communicated with. Gaoler Phillips said that no word had been received from accused's parents, and he would ask for a further remand for a week. It was not as if accused had not been convicted for tho offence.—Remand granted accordingly.

[His Worßbip here left the Bench.] Petty Larceny.— Jqnty Docherty was charged with stealing a tomahawk and a pot-scrubber, valued at 53 Gd, the property of Messrs A. and T. Inglis ; and a cup and jug, valued at 2a 3d, the property of A. Palmer. Accused said she had no money to buy the articles, and so sfcolp them.—Sergeant O'Neill said that accused was seen outside the shops of Messrs A. and T. luglis and Palmer, and was actually seen taking the articles from tho shop of the former. She was a very respectable woman, and he (Sergeant O'Neill) never thought she would commit such an offence.—Accused waa con vioted and ordered to come up for sentence when called upon. Assault and Robbery.— John Ilodyer Henderson was charged with assaulting William Robert Waite (at present undergoing sentence in Her Majesty's gaol), and with stealing from him the sum of LS in notes, a silver watch and chain valued at L 4, a note-book, and Bundry papers. A similar charge was preferred against Annic Murdoch (for whom Mr R. L. Stanford appeared).—Detective Henderson said that the offence with which the accused were charged was committed on the 6th inst. Prosecutor had been committed for trial for stealing goods from an upcountry station, and on the Sunday preceding tho day of the Supreme Court sessions he was robbed. Three persons had been convicted of tho robbery. Henderson had come to the police station, and had given himself up, and had handed over the watoh to the police. His statement implicated the female accused,--Prosecutor said that he visited the house of Murdoch on the sfch inst. He saw tho accused Henderson there later on, when he visited the house in company with the police. He went for a walk with a woman named Clayton, q,n associate of Murdoch's, and left behind Murdoch and a man named Mylea, wtip Had been committed for trial on the charge. He wao etruck down while in the company of Clayton, and was robbed of everything he had on him. Hia watch, which waa stolen, contained a name —"John Lang" —scratched on it, and tho watoh produoed was his, The papers prodnced belonged to him. When he returned in company with the police, Henderson was there, and was present while the house waß being searched. To Mr Stanford : He might have said, when giving evidence in the previous case, that he did not blame the woman Murdoch. He did not know who to blame, however. Murdoch y/aa not seen in any of the adjoining fields when hp (complainant) was struck down and robbed.—Evidence was also given by James Sanson (auctioneer) and Detective M'ftrath. The latter stated that Henderson was' in tho brothel whop prosecutor returned with the police. Qn Wednesday, the 23rd inst., he saw Murdoch, apd she said that Henderson had the watch, knew all about the robbery, and that sh« would "puthim away"—a slang term, meaning that she would give evidence against him. The following day he met Henderson, and he Baid that • Mr Stanford wanted to know whether any promises had been made that Henderson should be let off easily.— Detective M'Grath said that Honderßon had made the appointment by letter, and that no promises were made. When he met Henderson the latter said he had some' thing to say about "John Lang," the name scratched on the watch ; but he was not quite ready. They met by appointment at ten o'clock the same evening, and Henderson handed him the watch, chain, and papers produoed, Baying : "This thing has been preying on my mind, and I ve decided to tell you all about it. The three of us robbrd this man—Myles, Findlay, and myself. Connor (the man arrested on suspicion) had nothing to do with it. We B.aw the man go for a walk with Clayton. Myles let him out the front door, came through the back, apd we arranged there to follow him up and rob him, Wo went after him, knocked him down, and took six single notes, some silver, and a watch and cnain and some P a P ers from him. We planted the watch and chain and papers on the Town Belt, and then returned to the brothel." Myles, he said, went in first to see if the complainant or tho police were about, and Myles and Findlay went for beer, while he (Henderson) went into the brothel. During Findlay'a

absence the police came, and he (Henderson) handed Murdoch L2 to hide. She Baid "All right—Mylea has given mo his two pounds," and hid the money some place near the fire. Henderson was then arrested and charged with the offence, and Murdoch was arrested the same night. When she was informed of the charge, she said : " Well, I suppose I'm in this thing, and I might as well take it quietly." To Mr Stanford : The reason why ho saw Murdoch on the 23rd inst. was that he had been told she wanted to see him. No conversation took place regarding the robbery, but she told him that Henderson was concerned in the robbery. She said they (.neaning Henderson and herself) had had a row, and that she would " put him away " for this and other things. Witness never prompted Henderson. The latter did not havs the story off " pat" ; he was a little muddled at times, but witness never questioned him. Ho knew that if he did so he would be unable to give evidence. He never prompted Henderson once.—Mr Stanford : Not once ? —Detective M'Grath: No; as I have said, not once.—Mr Stanford: As if any Bench would swallow that!— Detective M'Grath : I don't care whether they swallow it or not.—Mr Stanford submitted that as the female accused wa3 not near the place of tho robbery there was no case to answer.—Chiefdetective Henderson said that if she. was an accessory after the fact she could bo charged as a principal, even if she were miles away from the scene of the robbery.—Henderson said that ho was quite prepared to give evidence if the police would ask him questions. He had nothing more to say in addition to what Detective M'Grath had said.— Mr Stanford said the charge should have been one of receiving stolen property. Detective Henderson said that he was quite aware that he could have charged Murdoch with receiving stolen property; but if she was an accessory after the fact, she could be charged as a principal. Henderson was committed for trial, the Bench intimating that on tho present charge the case against Murdoch would be dismissed.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY. Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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