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THE COURTS-TO-DAY

SUPREME COURT.

(Before His Honor Mr Justice Sim.) —A Portal Employee's Theft.— James Edward Morgan came up for senon five charges of theft from the Government Postal Department at Oamaru. Mr 0. J. Payne, who appeared for accused, said that Morgan Was about 20 - year* of agei He'was first employed in the Post Office at Hampden, and was perfectly honest, while there. About 18 months •go no was removed to Oamaru, and during the time of his employment there ne commenced the thefts. No reason could he given for his committing them. Learned counsel said that the Grown would admit that the young man received no benefit from thorn- He took the articles from parcels ho had to deliver, and gave them away. He bed a salary of £7O a year, and an allowance for hoard. In addition to that he was a music teacher. The young roan VW in no financial straits in any way. He said the only reason ho could give for the thefts was that he commenced to drink during the time he was at Oamaru. Ho St in with some fellows who were fairly it, and they led him astray. About two ' and a-half months before the thefts were found out accused knocked of! going to hU usual haunts, and did not commit any thefts during that time. His Honor: How- many articles did he take? Ai« there 30 charges against him? Mr Payne: Yea; 1 understand about 30, but in all cases the goods have been recovered. Mr J. S, Sinclair, who represented th% Crown, said that ail the articles had nob been recovered. Durinp the tune the ac * cused wan at Oamaru at least 107 articles disappeared. It was not said that all of theijf* were taken by accused, but it was a fact that during the period he was there all those articles disappeared. Accused came from Hampden, and his people were highly respected. It should be pointed out -that there was one case of thelt not from the postal department, but from a private house at which he was staying at the time. During the tiro days he was in the house ho stole a gold ring. His Honoy said that it was a case in which the prisoner could not claim the benefit of tne First Offenders’ Probation Act, for the reason, firstly, that he had been guilty of a largo number of thefts extentung over a period of time. • In addition to that, he was in a position of trust and betrayed his trust. Prisoner would be ordered to be detained for reformative treatment for a period of not more than Hires years.' BANKRUPTCY. John Gillies Paterson, of Balclutha, boarding-house keeper, a bankrupt, was granted an' order for his discharge. Mr A. C. Smith appeared for bankrupt. My W. L. Mooro appeared in support of * petition by John Edward Broad, of Oamaru, and William Gard, of Otiake, to have Patrick Harris and Joseph Hams, of Qtekaike, threshing-mill owners, adjudicated bankrupts. Mr Mooro said that the matter had been twice before the registrar. There was now no opposition to the petition,—Hia Honor made an order of adjudication accordingly. CHAMBERS. (Probates were granted in. the estates of the following deceased persons Patrick Laffey, William Burrell. Henry B. Court ia,and Francis Joseph Sullivan. Letters of administration were gramted In the estates of the following deceased Smith ana Michael Waltey Haljiday. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before J. R. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Drunkenness. —Two first offenders who did not appear were fined 10s each, in default 48 hours’ imprisonment. Christina Aldred pleaded guilty to drunkenness, and not guilty to stealing an umbrella. . She was fined Ss, in default 24 hours’ imprisonment, for drunkenness, and remanded on the other charge, a witness having to be brought from beyond Lumsden. A first jffenaer (an old age pensioner) was conrioted and discharged. Charge Withdrawn.—Walter Thompson pleadeo not guilty to being an idle and disorderly person without sufficient lawful means of support. This old man consented to go to the Home.—Senior-sergeant Dart mid that, in any case, the charge must be withdrawn, as the police had discovered that defendant was an old ago pensioner.

Alleged Petty Theft.—James Brown (Mr NTichol) pleaded not guilty to having stolen, at Anderson Bay, on November 22, a tennis ball and a pair of socks, valued at 2s, the property of the Anderson Bay Associated Tennis Club.—Constable Rings said that he found accused in the dressing room shed, and he said that he had permission from the caretaker to gather wood.—Mr Nichol cross-examined to show that the constable had a grievance against the accused, having been ordered off his premises. Under re-examination by Seniorsergeant Part, this subject was developed, and it transpired that accused was under the influence of drink, and his wife had sent for the constable, —Thomas Grainger (caretaker) said that the articles in question were within the shed when he left and locked the doors. —The defence was, in the first place, that the ball was worthless and thq socks had apparently no owner; moreover, he did not remove the goods. Brown had been caretaker previously for 10 years, and was used to going on the grounds, and had been allowed to take old balls and the like. The charge was trivial in the extreme, as preferred against a man sp well known at Anderson Bay,;— Accused said that he had permission from the secretary (Mr Meek) to pick up scrub when be wanted it. He found a door open, and looked in to see if anyone were there. As he turned round Constable Rings struck him and kicked him, and searched him. —On the application of counsel, accused was remanded for a week, to bring more evidence in his own behalf. Theft of a Goat.—Robert Carlton Gray pleaded not guilty to having stolen an overcoat, valued at £2, the property of Win. Tisdale. —Chief-detective Herbert said that tho complainant was a taxi-cab driver, living at Tattersall’s Hotel. The coat was hanging in the passage on the 26th, and in the evening Tisdale missed it. Two days later he saw accnsed wearing it, and discovered that he was trying to sell it to another taxi-cab driver. Tisdale communicated with Detective Hall, who came up when accused was talking to the other chauffeur. In answer to Hall’s questions, pe first said that tho coat was his, and ha brought it from Auckland, but when the detective told him it was a coat stolen from Tattersall’s, he said he got the loan of it from tho porter because it was raining. This was denied.—Accnsed, who had a record of five convictions for breaking apd entering, theft, and tjio like, was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labor.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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