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A RAILWAY THEFT

J'i 'A DRIVER AND FIREMAN CHAROKD. A PI_EA OF~GnLTY." Tho case against Aloxamlor Black (railway engine driver) and \\ilHam Winskill Kirkwood (HrentaiO ot theft at Stirling of Four bottle* <•! whisky valued at tl, the pt-operty ot the Government, was continued in tinPolice Court vestorday before Mr J. R. Bartholomew, S..M. The eas'Tor the prosecutor, as Mated on Friday last, was that a ea>o of whiskv «aooriaigned to Kait:inp,ata. and wliile ir was left in the railway shed at Stirlin .-: four bottles were extracted from tincase. It was alleged that when tietrain reached .Mihoii three full hottl--aud a fourth «-ontninin._: a md::I! quantity ot liquor were pur in the furnace' of the enjiiue. and that tli--accused were under tin- i)iHuem-< nt liquor. Air Haulon .snitl that since the adjournment on Friday last he had had an opportunity ot' di.seii.ssiim tin* ea-e with the accused, and as a result lie was now- authorised to withdraw tinplea of not guilty and plead <,uilt>. In mitigation of penalty he v.-. i-Id draw the attention of the Court to tinfact that Black had been uvet |s years and Kirkwocul about !> year- in the railway service. lie .submitted that it was n ia-e in wliii-li the First Offenders' I'tobation Act would apply unless His Worship seemed fit. to iullict a i-iom--tar.v penalty, lilack u;i- a married man with three voting children, and Kirkwood was also married, with two younft children. Nov., iifi-uur.se. tii-\ would loso their .situations, and that in it.sclf was a sot ion- matter lm them. Chief-detective IK-rbort said tlmt nothing previously was known a;_aiii-t Kirkwood. They'had the t.-ct licit he was under the iuthience of drink at the time, and la* mii-t have known that the whisky was dishonestly obtained. The other acctt-ed. it untrue, had been 18 years in the railway service. There was a break dutin_, the time of the South African war \< hen he served in the war. Black had Iven .suspected of theft in the railway for a ureat number of years, and had bo-m watched by many of the railway servants, but had not been caught until now. It was a fact that the raihVav t<ervauts at Stirling were specially watchini; him on account oi hi- ehaiaeter. lie put it to the Court that Black had been ,i thict for year-. Some years alio a ._.atden plot clo-- to the railway station at .Mo-_,ie| ...-.

robbed, anil some potatoes .->11»1 *■ 11. ami papers clearly to lii.trk were afterwards found mi the jilot. lie seemed to have dropped them there. His Worship: Ha- Kirk wood lu-ni associated with Mack tor smno rri:i<■ r The Chief Detective: I don't know how lony. Kirkwood na- urn with Black on the other oeca-ion- when tie, hitter was suspected. It appeared u> hiiti that Kirkwood It'll in tin- oa.-o under the influence oi Black. lie thought it likely that Kirkwood would not be in trouble it it «;is not lot Hhiek. He would like to point out ihe difficult position Webster i-hunter at Stirling) would have been m it the theft had not been traced. He would probably have lost hi-, position. Let Mr Hanlon call railuav imnpsMs to give Black a different character to what he (the detective) hail Ma:,-,|. and he would withdraw all he had .-aid.

Hia Worship: If counsel v.i-he- to call any evidence a- to character I >i ill hltu the opportunity r Mr Hanlon: I am m.t prepared to do so at the pre.sent iin'i:t. To.proper person is the probation officer to make inquiries a- to their pie;;.a:character.

His Worship : We have the police report. If you ui-h to ".ivo evid-mee of good elm racier 1 will allow nm the opportunity to call it.

-Mr Hanlon: Very well; I will take the opportunity. His Worship: Moth accused, th-n. will be remanded in cu.stodv until Friday nest.

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A RAILWAY THEFT, Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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A RAILWAY THEFT Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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