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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
CITY POLICE COURT. (Before J. R. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M ) Drunkenness.—John Kelly, 80 years of age, with 113 previous convictions, was convicted and discharged. Robert Walter Gill was fined IDs or 48 hours. —— George Ewing Garlpnji, a prohibited person, was charged with drunkenness and also with procuring liquor. Ho was fined 10s or 48 hours on the first charge, and 40s or seven days on the second. Prohibited.—Helen Campbell Matheson, a prohibited person, was charged with procuring liquor. She pleaded not guilty. —Evidence in support of the charge was given by Sergeant M’Keefrey ana Constable Lipscombe, who said that tho woman was in a muddled state from drink. There was another man and woman drank in the house in which the defendant was found.—The defendant said that if she was in a silly condition it was more due to starvation than to drink. She admitted that she had been three times prohibited since she arrived in the ■country.—His Worship inflicted a fine of 20s and costs (7s), or seven days’ imprisonment. John Hussey, another prohibited person, was charged with entering licensed premises. The defendant was found in tho Criterion Hotel with a glass of beer in front of him.—Fined 40s and costs (7s), or 14 days. Three Offenders.—Charles Trail, Charles Johnson Williams, and William Smith, charged with casting offensive matter, were represented by Mr Scorr, who pleaded guilty on their behalf.—Each defendant was fined 10s and costs (7s). By-law Cases.—Lester Whelhain, charged with riding a bicycle without a light, was fined 5s without costs. —-r-John Montague, charged with driving a vehicle without a light, was fined 5s and costs (7s). Mattn ew Gilmonr, for driving a motor car without a light, was fined 20i and costs (7s). Maintenance.—Christina Spence Thomas, charged with disobeying a maintenance order, was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, to be released on the payment of the balance of arrears. Stanley Morrison was charged with failing to provide for the maintenance of his illegitimate child.—Mr Hanlon appeared for the complainant.—l| defendant did not appear, and was otWted to pay 10s a week and arrears (£8) with costs (£2 2s). An application by Frederick Evans to have arrears cancelled was granted. Smuggling.—Paul Henri Louie Suveran was charged with smuggling goods! to the value of £23 4s Id, with intent to defraud tho revenue of the Customs. A second charge in respect of goods valued at £8 4s 2d was preferred against him in conjunction with Harold Venour. Mr Hanlon defended.—Mr T. M. Cullen, collector of Customs, said the facts were that Suveran. Venour, and his wife arrived at Wellington by the Rotorua, and were trait, shipped by the Wanimoo to Dunedin, arriving here on October 22. They had. several packages altogether, and they were duly put in the shed for examination. Mr Baudmet, Customs officer, asked the defendants to declare if they had any goods, with the exception of the clothing which had boon worn by them. Suveran replied that, he had only his clothing, books, papers, and tools. Mr Baudmet examined one package and found everything correct, except- for a small quantity of tobacco. The next package the officer came to was one belonging to the Vcnours. Venour declared that he had a little tobacco and Mrs Venom said that she had a worn tablecloth. In addition to what they declared the officer found a sewing machine. Tho officer then began to get suspicious, and before lie examined any more packages the officer said : “Xmv, I want you to declare to everything except your worn clothing. I want" you to declare if you have anything intended for anybody else.” They denied having anything for anybody else. A wooden box was next examined. Suveran declared that it .contained books, blankets, and tools, and on being opened it was found to contain a bench vice, a silencer- for a motor engine, and copper wire. There was a parcel in the box addressed to P. V, Catling, containing a yacht log. The officer’s suspicions became still further aroused, and the wooden box was discovered to have a false bottom, in which was found a new rifle, an old revolver. a gun case, a cleaning rod, and about 1,320 rounds of cartridges. Asked for an explanation, Suveran said they wero for- Catling, who was working at the Bluff. He said that Venour and he were going to join Catling in business. The next thing examined was a travelling trunk. It was addressed Venour, but Suveran claimed its ownership. When opened the trunk was found to contain a lot of now goods—six new footballs, a flag, three pairs of woollen gloves, and other articles. Suveran produced an invoice for them addressed to Catling. They were evidently things he had bought for Catling. Another case was found to contain a lot of new goods, some of which Suveran said were lor Catling, and he again produced an invoice. Suveran remarked that this was the fruits of bringing stuff out/ for other people, and that Mr Catling would have to pay for it.— For the defence, Mr Hanlon said the Question was whether or not the act had been con mitted with intent/ to defraud. The position that the defendants took up was that, they had no intention of defrauding th" revenue. What occurred really was that these- goods were given to them to bring out to Catling, who was engaged in salvaging work in New Zealand. They did not blow what the boxes contained, particularly the one with tho false bottom. — The defendants gave evidence to that effort.—His Worship said that it was impossible for the defendants, in view of the evidence, to profess their ignorance. It was plain on their own story that they ■woe not candid with the Customs officer. In the ease of Suveran it would be sufficient to record a conviction on the one charge—the separate information. He thought that the ijinximum penalty- provided under the Act would he sufficient. The goods would also he. forfeited. Bach defendants was then fined £25 and costs (7sl
THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
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