CUT POLICE COURT. fßeforo H. Y. Widdowson, Esq., S.M.I Drunkenness.—Robert Muir and a first offender (who failed to appear) were each fined 10s, with tho usual alternative. Unregistered Dogs.-—On a charge of keeping an unregistered dog Thomas Hussev was fined 15s and costs (7s).—On charges of a similar nature Alfred Charles Pratt and Henry Butcher were each fined ss. with costs (7s).—A case against Percy Braithwaito, for whom Mr Irwin appeared, was dismissed. A Case for Roto Roa.—Albert Smith was charged with stealing n lady's bicycle, valued at £4 10s, the property of Joseph Ford. Mr Irwin appeared for accused, who pleaded guilty.—Chief-detectivo Herbert said that accused stole the bicycle and sold it to a second-hand dealer for £l, stating that it had belonged to his sister, who liad gone away. He gave the wrong name, and stated that he lived at 96 Maryhill terrace, Mornington. He admitted tlie offence when arrested by Detective Hall. He had been previously convicted on a charge of a somewhat similar nature. He was a splendid tradesman, but had become a pertect nuisance by reason of his drinking habits. Ho was really anhabitual drunkard, and his relatives would like to soo him committed to an inebriates' home for a couple of years to give him a chanco to straighten up.—The Magistrate said that he could not commit accused to Roto Roa on the present charge. It would be for the relatives to take proceedings.— Chief-detective Herbert stated that they would be prepared to do so, and suggested that, as accused was still suffering from the effects of drink, he should be remanded for a week.—A remand was ordered until Tuesdav. Dismissed.—Ernest Henry Beagle was charged with cruelly ill-treating a horse by working it when it was suffering from open sores. Mr A. S. Adams appeared for defendant, who pleaded not guilty.— Senior-sergeant Dart explained that defendant was a pastrycook. About the end of October an expressman named Jarvis delivered to defendant a black marc in good, sound condition, with a view to defendant buying it. Subsequently he saw the horse "about November 6. when the horse had no very bad sores. On the 16th November complainant saw the defendant working the horse, and on examining it he found on it various sores under the harness. Ho complained to defendant thatif the police saw him working the horse ; n that condition ho would be prosecuted. Three days later complainant found that tho horse had been returned, and he called in a policeman to see the condition it was in.—Evidence was given by the complainant and Constable Fryer.—Defendant, giving evidence, admitted the horse was in good condition when ho received it. He bought a new collar, which, ho noticed, was bringing on sores. He ceased working it, and stabled it in order that the sores might be treated. At the end of a fortnight the horse was all right again. He never at any time drove the horse knowing that it was suffering pain as a result of the sores.—Tho Magistrate said that he was satisfied that it had not been shown that the defendant wilfully illtreated the horse. The ease would be dismissed. Maintenance. —George Campbell was charged with failing to provide maintenance for his family of five. Mr Irwin appeared for complainant, and Mr Hanlon for defendant.—Tho parties had lived unhappily for some time, and one blamed tho other.—An order of £1 a week was made, the Magistrate remarking that work could be found for a young man if he could not find it.
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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914