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• WELLINGTON, November 15. The criminal sessions began this morning, the list coni] r.sing thirteen charges against fifteen prisoners.; Tne Chief Justice said that none of them were out of the usual, and oalled for no remarks from him. Charles B:lboa pleaded guilty to the theft of £lO, and was remanded. James Haugham, convicted of indecently assaulting a child, was remanded for inquiry into his mental condition. He was in an asylum some years ago. Philpott, who is acoußed of .Hawthorne's murder, pleaded guilty to a charge of forgery and false pretences.- The Judge commented on the fact that there were several previous convictions, and sentenced prisoner to three years' hard labor. CHRISTCHURCH, November 15. The criminal sessions opened this morning. His Honor in his charge referred britfly to the cases on the calendar, which were of the usual character. In regard to the forgery cases, His Honor said that whilst people were ready to take cheques from anybody who presented them people would be found to forge them. Andrew Thompson, charged with forging and uttering cheques, pleaded guilty, and was remanded pending the probation officer's report. John Lindsay pleaded guilty to forging and uttering a cheque, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. James Channing Bagnall pleaded guilty to forging and uttering a cheque, and was sentenced to three years' imprisonment. Richard Dawson, charged with setting fire to a stack of hay, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment. James Candlish pleaded guilty to breaking and enteiiag, and was remanded for the probation officer's report.

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CRIMINAL SESSIONS., Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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CRIMINAL SESSIONS. Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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