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THE COURTS—TO-DAY

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before J. R Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Drunkenness. —Donald M'Lcod, a prohibited person, was charged with drunkenness, and also wish procuring liquor. He was sentenced to one week’s imprisonment on the first charge, and was fined 10s or 4C hours on tho second. Robert M’Kinlay, for whom Mr Scurr appeared, pleaded guilty to being drunk while in the possession of a loaded .revolver.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that the man cams from tho country. He was in a muddled condition when arrested, and a revolver was found on him. Ho had boon on remand.—-Ac-cused said, he did not want tho revolver. He would hand it to the police.—His Worship ordered him to pay the expenses (15s) or 48 hours’ imprisonment. Assault.*—John Herbert Reed and . William M'Farlane were charged with, at Port Chalmers, assaulting Roderick M’Kenzio so as to cause him actual bodily harm. —Mr Scurr appeared far tho accused, who were remanded until Monday.

A Peculiar Case—Surah Freeman ap pcared on remand to answer several charges of petty theft.—Mr Scurr, who appeared for accused, said that he was in the peculiar position of having to defend a woman who could tell him nothing about the case- Under the circumstances he must plead not guilty, and tho police could call evidence.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that tho woman had been going about tho town in a muddled condition for a. couple of days taking various articles. Although sho stated she was guilty at the time, she now raid she knew nothing about it.— Formal evidence as to ownership of tho articles mentioned in the charges was given.—Constable M’Cullough stated that ho wont to a Chinaman’s house, where he recovered the articles mentioned, and the Chinaman with whom tho woman lived staled that she had brought tho articles homo. Tho woman was in a dazed condition.—Accused, giving evidence, admitted to that sho had stolen certain articles.— Tho Magistrate said that sho would be convicted on all charges.—Senior-sergeant Dart, said that for some years the woman had been living with a Chinaman, and was very much addicted to drink. Sho had been wry ill in tho Hospital. Her relati ven were anxious that sho should bo sent to some horn.? to got her away from the influence of tho Chinaman.—Mr Scurr said tho woman would be willing to go to the Salvation Army Home.—The Magistrate said that he could only commit her to the homo indirectly. Sho would be convicted and ordered to come up for sentence when called upon, a condition being that sho remained in the Salvation Army Home, for 12 months.

By-law Cases.—For allowing a hors© to wander at Kaikorni George Henry Roberts was fmod 5s and costs.£ .James Bayley was charged with driving a motor car at a epeed greater than four miles mi hour whilst turning a corner, and was fined 10s and costs. William James Cameron was charged with driving a motor cycle without, the identification mark being distiuguishr.ble, and was similarly fined. Prohibited.—Robert Wilson, a prohibited person, was clhirgcd with being found on licensed premises. Ho did not appear, ami was fined 10s and costs (7?), or 43 hours’ imprisonment.

Maintenance.—John Herbert. Moh nos, who failed to answer a charge of disobeying a maintenance order, vrns sentenced to one month’s imprnsonment with hard labor, he to Ido released on payment of the arrears. Joseph Henry GWynne re as charged with disobeying a maintenance order in support, of his wife.—Mr Cooke, who appeared for the complainant, said that defendant had written a long letter to the court-, hut, it. was merely an attempt to hoodwink the court.—The Magistrate said that defendant was entitled to very little consideration. He would be sentenced to three months* imprisonment, the warrant to be suspended provided he paid maintenance at the rate of £5 per month until the arrears were paid otf. The wife of Kdward Davis was granted a separation and maintenance order by consent. Neil Smith Turner, charged with disobeying a maintenance order, was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, he to be released ret payment of the balance of arrears {£6 15s). A Kailv.ay Cr.s?.—William Isbister was char cod with travelling on the railway between Dunedin and Port Chalmers witiient having pre\ inu-ly paid his proper fare. He pleaded guilty.—Senior-sergeant, Dart raid that the defendant was the holder of a season tit-bet. Ho left it at homo on Iho day complained of, and travelled without paying his fare.—The defendants was ordered to pay the costs (7s).

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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