RESIDENT MAGISTRATE’S COURT.
(Before Messrs F. Mallard and P. G. Pryde, J.P.a.)
W. Watson v. W. Carr.—Claim, LI 5s fid, for coal supplied.—Defendant admitted a liability of 15s.—Judgment was given for amount claimed with costs.
J. Watson v. J. Cairns.—Claim, LI 4s 3d, for haberdashery.—Judgment by default. T. Bennett v. W. Grieve.—Claim, L 7 10s sd, on a judgment summons.—Defendant was ordered to pay the amount by instalments of 10s per month. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before Messrs J. Hyman, J. Ashcroft, and C. Allan, J.P.s.) A Pernicious Habit. —Frank Harris was charged by C. Hill with having, on October 27, set fire to bush on the property of complainant. Mr Bathgate appeared for complainant, and said that the fire was burn ing yet, and a large amount of soil, etc., had been destroyed. It had spread also to another person’s premises. These cases were extremely difficult to sheet home, and as the practice of setting fire to bush was getting very common he would ask their Worships to make an example.—Complainant gave evidence as to defendant setting fire to the bush.—Defendant’s father said that his son had been intimidated. Little damage had been done, as it was only peat that was burning.—The Bench said that the practice of boys setting fire to bush caused great annoyance to people. Defendant would be fined 20s with costs, in default forty-eight hours’ imprisonment.
Quarrelsome Neighbors. Margaret Cuttle was charged by Mary Tubman with using insulting language to her, and complainant therefore asked that defendant be bound over to keep the peace. Mr Calvert appeared for complainant; Mr Sim for defendant. —Complainant said thatshc had resided at South Dunedin for two years. Defendant came to reside near witness some two months ago. A day or two ago defendant was throwing stones at witness’s fowls and used most abusive language, calling witness vile names. Witness gave defendant no provocation whatever, but had been greatly annoyed of late by her (defendant’s) conduct. —Evidence was given by several others, after which Mr Sim urged that complainant was the aggressor, and was in every way to blame for the whole affair.—Defendant and a number of witnesses gave evidence, after which the Bench dismissed the case, as it appeared to bs simply a neighbors’ quarrel.
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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Evening Star, Issue 8056, 5 November 1889
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