RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT,
(Before E. H. Carew, Esq., R.M.)
F. Laurcnson v. G. Turnbull (Timaru).This was a claim for L2 10s 6d, balanoe of account for a suit of clothos. Mr Meatyard appeared for plaintiff, and there was no appearance of defendant. —Judgment was given for amount claimed, with costs. ' Same v. Samuol T. Kerr (Waimatc).--; This wds ft claim for L2 Is 3d for a sllit Of clothes supplied to defendant's son. Mr Meatyard, Fdr the plaintiff, submitted that defendant had dealt with plaintiff for some time previous to this account, and had always paid the family accounts. Mr Gallaway, lor the defendant, submitted that defendant had instructed plaintiff not to supply his son with goods on credit,—Plain* tiff was nonsuited.
C. E. Ecmshardt V. R. and E. Johnson.— Claim, L) 2s 3d; on a dishonored promissory note.—Judgment went by default, Bing, Harris, and Co, v. J. C. Straohan, —Claim, LSI 19s 7d, on a dishonored promissory note.—Judgment by default (Mr Hodgkins for plaintiffs). Equitable Insurance Company v, Sarah Hyarris (Hokitika).—Claim, L 26 8s 9d, calls on shares,—Judgment by default. Jameß Moir v. tieorge Bain.—Claim, 10s Bd, prico of a whip.—Judgment by default.
CITY POLICE COURT.
(Before Mr J. P. Jones, J.P.)
Drunkenness.—Two first offenders were dealt with in the usual manner; while one who had been very abusive to Constable Cruickshanks when arrested was fined in a nominal penalty. Indecent Assault.— William Pollock was charged with having, on the 3rd inst., indecently assaulted Annie Reed. Mr Macgregor defended.—Sergeant O'Neill said that the offence was alleged to have been committed at tho old Caledonian Ground, North Duncdin, between nine and ten o'clock last evening. The complainant was a girl about fifteen years old. One of the witnesses was away from town, and would be unable to attend until Wednesday. He would ask for a remand until Friday.—Mr Macgregor offered no objection, provided that the police allowed bail.—Case remanded until Friday, accused being allowed out on bail, himself in L2O and two sureties of L4O each.
(Before Messrs J. P. Jones and W. Wright, J.P.8.)
A Nelgh hobs' Quarrel,— Clam Curtis was charged by Nelly Maud Smith with using abusive language to her, and complainant therefore asked that defendant be bound over to keep the peace. Mr D. D. Macdonald appeared for complainant; Mr E. Cook for defendant;— The evidence of witnesses called on behalf of complainant went to show that defendant had frequently called out to complainant in an insulting manner. On the 31st ult. complainant was punishing her young brother for disobeying her orders, —Complainant denied that she ill - treated the boy. She only made him go without bis breakfast. She did not know that defendant had fed her brother ; neither did she know that the Doy had complained to Mrs Curtis that she (complainant) starved him. —For the defence it was stated that complainant had abused defendant ou several occasions. On the day mentioned defendant said that the little boy came out crying from complainant's house. She asked the boy what was wrong, and he said he was being starved. She said that she would give him something to eat, whereupon complainant assaulted her. She (defendant) said that she would put a stop to it, and while she was dressing herself, Mrs Smith took out the summons and accused defendant of the very words she (complainant) had used herself.—Case dismissed, each party to pay her own costs. Larceny. George Lvckhurst admitted stealing two coats and a pair of trousers, of the value of 30s, the property of George Owld.— Chief -detective Henderson said that accused, during the last seven years, had been several times in gaol. The articles were stolen from a place where he was staying, and were sold to a dealer for Bs. The owner of the articles was a hardworking man.—Accused was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labor.
Assault.— Elizabeth Barry was charged with assaulting Helen James on the 28th October, Mr Sim defended,—lt appeared that complainant and defendant had a row, in the course of which the latter struck complainant with a lump of hoop-iron. Her arm was badly hurt, and she was obliged to get it dressed at the hospital.—Dr Copland said that complainant's arm had swelled considerably. The injury could have been caused by a fall or a blow with a piece of iron.—Constable Daly and William James also gave evidence.—For the defence it was submitted that the wounds on complainant's arm were made by her husband, with whom she had quarrelled that evening. It was also alleged that complainant was the aggressor.—Evidence was given by several others, after which the Bench dismissed the case.
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