HE LOST HIS BEER, Antonio Ohicalini Nourished a loada revolver in the descent Hotel at Care Bay on Boxing Night. This morning ': and a compatriot named Ycrrina Guisep] appeared before Messrs G Asher and A Coble, J.P.s, at the Port Chalmers Oonri Gacalini was charged with a*--aultin Thomas M.-ickio in the hotel on tho nigh in question, and he pleaded guilty. Sergeant Dougan, who piose'cuted o behalf of the police, said the, acensa visited the hotel between 9 and 10 p.m. and provided himself with several gallon or beer in two lots. Then hp proceeded t purchase lemonade, and on returninc t the passage discovered that one packag of beer was missing. Accused was ver, much annoyed at the disappearance of hi beer, and when young Mackie appfara on the seeno Gacalini accused him of taling r.w.iy the missing refreshment. Ac cvsed put hi* hand in his: pocket and pre di.ccd a loaded revolver, which, coin p!r.inant snid. was pointed at him. Macki slipped away and went, for the police, wh on their way to the hotel found Guisepj with a. loaded revolver in his posesssio: and arrested him. Guisep pi had evidentl taken the revolver from Gacnlini, in 1h lalter's interests, for when Gacalini wa a)rested no revolver was found on him. On behalf of Gacalini Mr Plaits sar that the facts of the cm had been acvr lately outlined by the sergeant. But thcr was an explanation which, when laid b* fore the. Bench, would show that th'-r was no premeditation or intention to shoo! and that, perhaps a verdict to come up fc sentence- when called on would meet ifc case. Gacalini was a man of exceller. character. He "bached" by himself in building not far distant from the bote' and in this building quite a number < Italians, from a vessel on the slip an elsewhere, forgathered on Boxing Xigl in ai spirit of seasonable, good-will. Ga.i 1 inl was commissioned to go to the hoi, and secure Mifiieienl, beer to last till Moi day morning, but before departing on hj mission he took the precaution, as tl result of a previous "disappearing experience. to trans for his vnhiah!: from his box to his pockets. These eu sisted of eight or nine pound notes ar some jewellery, and in taking these out • the bo\ the revolver was disclosed to viet so lie merely slipped it into bis pock' in order that it might enjov the sail measure of safety as the pocket provide for the other valuables. A number ; people were in the hotel when Ga.cali; returned to the passage and failed to fir one of hi* packages of beer where he lis left it. He was subjected to a considerable amount of banter, and losing hj temper pulled out the revolver and mere, flourished if without pointing it at an; body. Counsel submitted that althou; the act was unjustifiable, nevertheless tl accused had already been punished fc being in the lock-up since Boxing Nigh and leniency might be extended to him.
The piilicii said the. money and jewollei as desrribed by coiniFel were found no tl accused at the lock-tip. The Bench were inclined to he letiien 1 but cnuld not regard the flourishing < loaded firearms as otherwise than condin to be repressed. A fine of £5 or 14 day: imprisonment was imposed. (Uiiseppi. who " could not speak a wop of English." was then charged, but <h police ashed permission to withdraw th charge, as they worn fatisfic-d Gin'sept merely took the revolver from CJaealini t: order to disarm him in the interests <: everyone's safety.
The. charge of having a. loaded firearm i his possession at night time was therefor withdrawn.
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FLOURISHING REVOLVER, Evening Star, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914
FLOURISHING REVOLVER Evening Star, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914
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