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THE COURTS-TO-DAY

CITY POLICE COURT. (Before J. It. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Drunken Offences. Goorgo Clark, charged with being found drunk at Balclutha, and also with committing a breach of a prohibition order, pleaded guilty.— Senior-sergeant Dart said that it was tho | third breach of tho order.—Defendant was fined &, with the usual alternative, on tho first charge, and 20s, in default seven days, on the second charge. William Railton pleaded guilty to a charge of procuring liquor during the currency of a prohibition order, and was fined 10s, court costs 7s, in default 48 houre' imprisonment. " Look Out for tho Engine."—John Henry Robinson was charged with driving a vehicle across a level railway crossing when an engine- was approaching within half a roilo of such crossing.—Mr Irwin appeared for defendant, who pleaded not guilty.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that on the 7th November the 10.15 a.m. train to Port Chalmers ran into tho defendant, who was driving a cart at Frederick 6treet. Tho fireman and engine-driver sounded tho usual whistle, and as far as they were concerned the accident was inevitable.— Frank Pago, engine-driver, gave evidence, and stated that as a result of the accident th© train was delayed eight minutes.— Under cross-examination witness etated that he knew that there wae a big stack of timber, which would obstruct tho view of anyone attempting to cross the line until one was within a few yards of it.— Evidence was also given by the fireman.— Mr Irwin submitted that the case should be dismissed. Defendant was a careful, painstaking driver, and on going round the timber stack did not know the train was approaching. When he found himself in trouble he did his best to get out of it. The cart was smasher to pieces and tho horse was injured.—Defendant gave evidence, in th© course of which he stated that he did not hear the whistle, and could not see the line owing to the stack of timber obstructing his view.—The Magistrate said that there was no negligence on the part of the engine-driver. It seemed to bo a very dangerous crossing indeed, as it was completely obscured until on© got practically on tho lino. There was no doubt that defendant did not hear the whistle. The case would bo dismissed. By-law Cases.—Dr Sydney Allen, who was charged with driving an unregistered motor car, wa6 fined 6s, court costs 7s, ■ * John O'Connell, charged with allowing cattle to wander in the Borough of Mornington, was fined 10s, with court costs 7 Si George Robinson and John Flanagan, charged with driving vehicles at a furious pace, were each fined 20s, with court costs 7s.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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