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THE COURTS—TO-DAY, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
CITY POLICE COURT. (Before J. R. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Street Offences. —Walter Rasper ploadod guilty to drunken ness arid to casting offensive matter hi the street. Ho was .fined respectively 5s (ill default 24 hour*) and 10s (in default 48 hours). —■ —For casting often, five matter James Andrew was convicted and discharged. Idle and Disorderly.—Waiter Thompson pleaded not guilty to being an idle and disorderly person. He was remanded tor medical emmination. Isabella- Garrick was charged with' being an idle and disorderly person who habitually consorted with reputed thieves. She was certtosiced to two months’ imprisonment. Paltry Theft.—James Brown, an. old man. was charged with having stolen, at Anderson Bay, a tennis ball and a. pair of socks, valued at. 2s, the property of tho Anderson Bay Associated Tennis Club. He was remanded for n week, bail being fixed —self in £5 and one surety of £5. Girl Gone Astray.—Alary Ethel Ranger, a girl of 20 years, was charged with drunkenness and with being an idle and disorderly person.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that this girl was quite beyond the control of her parents, and was living a bad life. At about 12.40 one, night she was found in an ■unoccupied house in. Cumberland sit cot; with two men. 'llicre was beer there, and misbehaviour was going on. It was mot desirable that she should stop at home even if she would, for she had younger sisters.—The Magistrate committed the girl ior 13 months to tho Salvation Army Reformatory Homo.—-Subse-quently the two men—Richard Win. Thomson and Edward Tobin —who were (dated to bo with the girl were charged with being rogues and vagabonds in that they were found by night in an mnoocnjned house, the property of the Public 'JVustce.—Air Irwin, who appeared for the men. said that- they were working men who had been in tho same employment for years. In justice to them, it should be said that this house was without windows and d>Kiv«s and there was n:> suggestion of criminal intent iu tho entry to the place. He had hut just been instructed, and would ask for a- remand till Wednesday.—This wqe granted, hail being fixed (for each) self in £lO and one suretv of £lO.
Alleged Forgeries. —David Murray Dickeon (Mr Brnsch) was charged (it that- on November 13 ho made a take document, a cheque for £7 9s 6d on the Haaik of New Zealand purporting to bo signed by W. Dickson, and canted Alex.' Stewart to act upon it; (2) on November 17 made a false document, a cheque for £8 on lnc Bank of New Zealand, South Dunedin, purporting to be signed bv J. M. Dickson, acid attempted to cause Peter Riley to act upon it as if genuine ; (3) on November 13 did. with intent to defraud, oltain by a valueless cheque the sum of £3 ; (4) on November 16 did make a false document, a cheque for £8 on the Bank of New Zealand, purporting to he signed by .1. M. Dickson, and did cause Ernest It 1 1 Howe to act upon it. as if genuine.—Chief-detective Herbert said that the accused induced a cabman named Riley (without much trouble, apparently) to obtain tin; blank cheques, and he filled them in and got them cashed as P. ho was transacting am ordinary piece ol business, taking no steps to avoid discovery. In the first cate he took a. cheque to Air A. Stewart at the Law Courts Hotel, icpiv-entiiur that it was drawn bv a relative <ff his—Alexander Stewart (licensee of the Law Coni Is Hotel) said that he knew defendant as one ot the Dicksons, and always, thought him a respectable young man. lie came into the hotel just 'ivefore 10. end whuess cashed a cheque.--IVter I'.ilex, a cabman, said that lie got a blank cheque fiom -Mr Watson, of the Uor.imercial Hotel at tho request oi accused. Ho had seen accused Instore, and accused had been dri iking. Mit ness related another instance where am n-;cd came to his house and asked Him to get. him a blank cheque. Witness got- one from Wolfenden’s. Later, at the Waterloo Hotel, witness nml accused again, and toe ’alter asked him to. cash a (heque for £ti. which he said he rendd not cash at tho Wate.r- !<-.. Witness went’ to th“ Oommeroial Hotel to cash it. bat Air Watson was not. there. He thought, tho cheques _wore genuine.—Th's. Grace, manager ol the Metropolitan Hold, said that accused (aim; in with a man named John .Smith, Who asked witness to give accused a cheque. Accused filled it up. in his presence for £5, aqd witness cashed U. It was paid in aniUfomul to 1 e valueless. Ernest Eli Ito we- (licensee of Shiel Hill Hot ell said that It" received a cheque pro dnerd from accvacd in payment.- fen- lunch, nnd in return uave some cash and Ins ecu cheque, for the balance. Arnisod w;>.< sober, and said that the cheque was that of his uncle d!‘ M. Dickson.—James AL Dickson, retired fnrmo.. said acctisi-d w.-i? a, relative nf his. Tim signal tiro mi the cheque;: produced was not his. He had never authorised accus<»d to issue cheqii!-. in his name.—Defectivo-sergi :uu Ward said that when .•ir r '.‘s!fd accure-d said lie was going to the war. and Ads mule. Air J. AL Dickson, had told him : f in; wanted money to get a cheque, and sign his name. Witness asked limy th-n he aratMinted for the signature' W. Dickson, and he said " I must Im.ve. been drunk.’ - Accused pleaded not guilty, reserved his defence, and was ■committed for trial. Rail was fixed, stdf in £209. and Iwo rare tie® of £IOO o:p-Ii, or om' of £2OO.
THE COURTS—TO-DAY, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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