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A RAILWAY THEFT

A DRIVER AND FIREMAN CHARGED. In the Police Court this afternoon George Alexander Black (railway engine-driver) and AViilinm Winskill Kirkwood (fireman) were charged with stealing four bottles of whisky, valued at £l, ihe proneity of tho Government. Mr A. C. Hanlon defended. Chief-detective Herbert said that on tho 29th of October Messrs Fowley and Ke.isb sent a case of whisky to Mr J. Pilgrim, cave of Mr A. Reid, Kaitangata. It was seen at Stirling to be intact on the 51st of October by a railway shunter named Webster. On the same date, in consequence of something Webster had heard, he went, to the shed where the case was, and found that it had been forced open, and be reported tho fact to the Btalion master. The reason he went there was because of something ho heard relating to the movements of Black, who was seen coming from the shed with something under his coat. News was sent to Milton, and on the arrival of the train there an employee who had heard that there was some question about the accused having whisky on the train, jumped on tho engine and told Kirkwood that a policeman was on tho platform, and if they bad any whisky they had hotter get rid of it. It was a goods train. Kirkwood took three bottles of whisky, and a fourth that contained a small quantity of whisky, and put them into the furnace. Constable Fox, who was tho police officer present, wanted to search the engine. Black dented having any whisky, and refused to allow the constable on the engine until he got permission from the proper authorities. Before permission could be got Black consented to the constable searching, and on him dome so he found no whisky. Some of the witnesses would say that the accused were unde'tho influence of liquor. Constable Fox would sav that Kirkwood was noticeably under the influence of drink.

The case w?.< proceeding al; 5.50 p.m. There were in all 10 witnesses to be called for tbe prosecution.

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A RAILWAY THEFT, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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A RAILWAY THEFT Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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