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{Before Messrs J. Carroll, J. Caradue, and

Hugh Calder, j.P.a.)

Theft of Brass.— Robert M‘Adam was charged with having, on or about Septerabar 9, stolen 32ib of brass, valued at 10s, the property of Messrs Morgan and Cable, of Port Chalmers. Mr Hanlon appeared for accused, and pleaded not guilty.—Evidence was given to the effect that M’Adam had been employed at Morgan and Cable’s until the Bi.h or 10th of this month. The other day Mr Cable was in Messrs A. and T. Burt’s, and there saw two pieces of brass which he recognised as his property. Inquiries made revealed the fact that the material had been purchased, from a second - Land dealer named Reuben Isaacs, who had bought it from accused for 7s 6d. Accused had given three different versions of how he came by the brass, and these were so unsatisfactory that the police had to take action against him.— After the statements of Reuben Isaacs and Mr Cable, Mr Hanlon withdrew the plea of “ not guilty.” He said that M'Adam, as their Worships would see, was a young man, and was the support of his mother. The amount was only 10s, and the offence came under the section of the Act which gave the Bench power to inflict a fine. Accused would be entitled to probation, but that would involve a lot of trouble, and he (Mr Hanlon) thought the ends of justice would be better met by accused being fined and ordered to pay all costs.—Tho Bench adopted Mr Hanlon’s suggestion, and fined accused 20s, and the costs incurred in connection with the stolen property (8a lOd), the goods to be returned to Messrs Morgan and Cable. Breach of the Peace.— For creating a breach of the peace at Pelichet Bay last evening Robert Thompson was convicted and discharged. A Sailor’s Troubles.— Frederick Hallard was charged with absenting himself without leave from the ship Oamaru, and pleaded guilty.—After evidence had been given by the captain accused was fined 7s, and ordered to return to the ship. Drunkenness. offender, who had not been before the Court for some time, was convicted and discharged. Gaihenne Maine alias 31‘Far!and was fined 10j, in default forty-eight hours.

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY., Issue 10420, 15 September 1897

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY. Issue 10420, 15 September 1897

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