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Saturday, November 13,

(Before Messrs H. F. Hardy aid D. H. Hastings, J.P.s.)

A Series of Charges. Christian Yccht was charged with bt-ggins on 'he 7th inst., with assaulting Dr Bo vn, and with trespassing on the prenutes of Di Brown and refusing to leave the t&\A premises when lequebtel to do so. Accas d pleaded guiltv to the three obargea —Chief-detective O'Brien stated that accused called at the bouse of Dr Brown in High street et six o'clock on Sunday evening, and askvd for Is with which to get a bed. The dootor told him that he had been tbtre before, and that he would not give h<m anything.- The proseoutor ordered him to leave the place, but he would not go 'j he doctor was advancing towards the telephone for the purpose of ringirg up the police when acoused cvu\:ht hid of bi.Ti and st: uggled with him in the passage. Aecuaed ha-.! been previously convicted of drunkenness, obscene language, larceny, false pretences, and begging.—'! he i.ench s ntenced accu-ed to three months' imprisonment on the first charge,'and convicted and discharged him on the other charges. Theft.— Andrew Brown was charged with theft, on ihe 12th inst , of a riddle valm-ri at 2s, the picp.rty of Charles SJr.-phartl Mr O'Reilly defended.—PergeantO'Ntill siatcd that accused sto'e the r!d«lle from Mr Shephard's shop door, and walked away with it. He was subsequently found lying down in Manor place with the riddle alongside him —Evidence was given by Alexander Lamb, Char!e3 Shephard, and Constable Hill.—Mr O'Reilly submitted that no theft had been committed, as theevidence showed there wa3 no felonious intent. 'J ha man was helplessly diunk at tho n'rae. and was therefore not m a state to c.-mmit larceny.— Tho Bench convicted accused, but reserved iheir decision until hearing another cave against the same man.-Accused was further charged with theft of a crop valuel at 1-i 61, the property of William George Christie.—'j he sergeant f-xplained that the article, which was roiled from Mr Christie's stables, was fuund in the possession of accused when he wa? arrested on the other chvge.—Mr O'Reilly said that accused was a respect ab'e man with a wife and three children. He got out on the spree, and did not know what he was doing. Counsel again submittel that the man was practically insane from the (fleets of drink, acd could therefore not cemmit a crime.—Sergeant O'Neill explained that accused had been nine times convicted of drunkenness and twice convicted of larceny.—The Bench sen'enced accused to one week's imprisonme t on the first charge, and convic ed and discharged him on tlu- second.

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CITY POLICE COURT., Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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CITY POLICE COURT. Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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