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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914
CITY POLICE COURT. J (Bofore J. R. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Drunken Offences —-A male first offender and John Roberto were each fined 6s, |n default 24 hours' imprteonment, while' a female first offender was convicted and discharged. Charles Blewett, who had been once previously oonvicted within the past six months, was fined 10s, with the usual alternative Breach of the Peace.—Barclay Mercer and Charles Gray were charged with occasioning a breach of the peace by using threatening behaviour in M'Bride 6treet.— Gray pleaded not guilty, while Mercer failed to appear.—Senior-sergeant Dart stated that two constables saw the two mei. having a stand-up fight about 9.30 on the evening of the Ist inst. When the constables approached they ran awav, but Mercer was subsequently interviewed, and he stated that he had ordy been standing up for his rights, as Gray had insulted him.—Evidence was given by Constables Havelock and Friar and Thomas Harris, who stated that at the start Mercer hit Gray, the latter putting up hia hands in self-defence. —Gray, giving evidence, stated that Mercer followed him out of a bUliard. room and assaulted him. Witness merely attempted to defend himself.—Charles Godfrey also gave evidence on behalf of Gray.—The Magistrate held that Gray, being sober, could and should have avoided the fight.' He would bo' fined se, with court costs (8s), witnesses' expenses 3s. Mercer, who had caused the trouble, would be fined 20s, costs Bs, and witness's expenses 3sDisorderly Conduct on a Train.—Martin Carroll pleaded guilty to u, charge of drunkenness, and guilty also to a charge of behaving in an offensive manner towards passengers in a railway carriage at Win-gatui.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that accused made an offensive remark to a Mr Bernstein, who was in the carriage, and then snatched a bottle from Bernstein's' hand and hit him over the head with it. Accused had a bad record.—The Magistrate said that he could not impose a fine. The travelling public must be proic-iled. Accused would be sentenced to one month's imprisonment, with hard labor. The charge of drunkenness would be merged into the major offence. By-law Cases.—Thaddeus Julian was fined £2 (costs 7s) on a charge of riding a motor cycle at an excessive speed.— Senior-sergeant Dart said that it was estimated that defendant was riding at a speed of 50 to 40 miles an hour, and Sergeant MXxlone, who gave evidence, described it as a highly dangerous speed.— Alfred John Botting, for allowing cattle to wander, was fined 5a and costs (7s). James Black pleaded guilty to unlawfully commencing an addition to a building at Cavcrsham without giving notice to the Drainage Board. Mr Stephens appeared for the board, and said that it was necessary to give notice so that the board could be satisfied that there was a proper grade for draining. David Marshall (•Mr Nichol) also pleaded guilty, but counsel remarked that the by-law was rather unreasonable, in requiring a complete plan of the sewago. In this particular case the sewago plan could not bo completed because the necessary permission had not been obtained to connect with the corporation sower.—Each defendant was fined 20s, costs (7s), and professional fee (21s). Shops and Offices Act.—Robt. Conn pleaded guilty to failing to close his shop at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, and to employing an assistant after 1 p.m. on that day.— Defendant explained that j ho had been absent from town, and the j ascistant had made the error of opening the shop at 6.45 p.m., although defendant had given strict instructions that the shop was not to be opened at any illegal hour. It could not have happened if defendant had himself been in town.—The Magistrate said that this was not a deliberate case of trading after hours, but an accidental sale by an assistant when the employer was absent. Defendant would be fined 10s and costs (7s) on the first charge, and ordered to pay court costs (7a) on tho second.—Mr Browett appeared for the department. Alleged Assault and Robberv.—Allan M'Donald was charged with robbing Ahx- j ander Cronk of the sum of £1 ss, and at ! the same time using personal violence towards him.—Chief-detectivo Herbert stated that on the date of tho alleged offence accused and another man, who was at present unknown,- stopped complainant about 6.30 in the evening, it being broad daylight, outside Branson's Hotel, where they bailed him up by force and "went through him." A witness, who did not know any of the persons concerned, happened to be standing on the other side j of the road, and saw the whole affair quite ! plainly.—Alex. Cronk (of Oamaru) said j that he arrived here at 5.30 p.m. on the I 11th of the month, under the influence ' of liquor. He went to a corner where there was an hotel, and asked two men who were standing there to have a drink. One of these (the accused) went in with him, but witness was refused drink. They came outside, and witness went to a latrine. As he came out both men pinned him against the wall and "went through" I his pockets. Accused searched his waistcoat pockets, and there was nothing, but tho other man took at least a pound's worth of silver from his trouser pocket. \\ itness thought they wore " kidding," at first, and said : " If you are hard up, I'll give you half; but don't leave mo ' stumercd' in Onnodin." Accused said: "Get away, I don't know you at all." Witness went back into the hotel, and afterwards reported the matter to the police. Neither the accused nor the other man had been known to him, but on the following day he identified the accused from amongst soveral other men.—.Sydney Chas. Hudson (barman at Branson's Hotel) said that complainant and accused were refused drink by him because Cronk was drunk. Accused was sober. Some 10 minutes later Cronk returned, and made a statement, in consequence of which witness went outside, and saw accused and a man in a blue suit going south along King street. Witness whistled, and when accused looked round, signalled him to return. But he went on walking away.—Arthur M'Farlan deposed that he was standing opposite Branson's Hotel, and saw three men outside it. The accused and Croak were two of these. Tluy seemed to b© quarrelling. One man (not accused) jot hold of Cronk with one han-i and put his other hand in Cronk's trouser pocket. He remained thus while accused searched Cronk's vest pockets. Tho latter did Hot seem to be resisting. Afterwards Cronk was holding out his hand with a scarf in it, as though asking for something, and the two men, waving him aside, walked off south. Witness afterwards spoke to Cronk, and took him to a constable. Cronk's vest pockets -vere all turned inside out. —lt transpired, under accused's cross-examination, that Witness had known accused before, and the latter alleged that he always had a set on him.—Detective Hall stated that Detective Connolly and he arrested accused on a charge of vagrancy. At 9.30 a.m. on the 12th the accused wm placed with seven other men, and was picked out by Cronk, and then by M'Farlan. When witness told accused he would bo charged with assault and robbery, accused said ; "I did not assault and rob him; he had half a crown in his hand, and I grabbed it."—Accused was committed for trial in the Supreme Court.
THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914
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