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THE COURTS-TO-DAY

CITY POLICE COl'liT. (Before 11. V. Widdowson, Esq., S.M.) Duiukenness.—One lir.-t offender was fined ss, in dcfae.lt- 24 hourt-' imprisonment, and three others 10s, with the. usual alternative.—George Pickering, who was fined ss, was also ordered io pay the gaol expenses (Ids'i, in default, three days' imprisonment.—James Thompson was fined ICV. in refault 24 hours' imprisonment. Bleach of Prohibition Order. —Thomas Jerome, who pleaded guilty to three charge.- of committing a breach of n prohibition order, was fined 20s. in default three days' imprisonment, on each charge, in addition to 7s (cos's) on two of the charges. He was also fined ICs, in default 24 hours, on a charge of drunkenness. Sent to Caol.—Thomas Litehie and Mary Watson yero charged with unlawfully assaulting Jane Martin, and also with committing mischief by wilfully damaging one door. on<> clock, and a quantity ot crockery and ornaments, of a total value of £1 13s, the property of Jane Martin.— Ritchie pleaded guilty and the woman not gr.i'.ty.—■Senior-sergeant Dart- said that Mrs Martin was an old woman who lived \ in Moray place, and seemed to have some j undesirable acquaintances. On the morn- j ing of the 2nd the male defendant, ami a son of Mr«" Martin's had a differc-mc of opinion, with the result that accused now seemed tr> bear some traces ot what, had happened. The woman was known as "The Dipper,'' and lived with a, man as, his wife, but she was probably not his wife. The two accused went to Mrs Alartin's on tho afternoon ot the day mentioned, burst th© door open, and knocked the old woman about, also deliberately breaking crockery.—Evidence was given by Jane Alartin (-v\ho gave her age as 751. Sarah Flowers. Constable Longshaw, and Serjeant M'Cloue.—'lire Magistrate said tliat he Mas quite satisfied from the evidence that the assault had been committed. 11--I must =ay that it appeared to him that the man had. committed a moist, da-st.irdly assault. Tho only excuse he could plead—mid it was no excuse in law was that he was more or less under the influence of liquor. The man appeared to bo an old offender. Ho would bo convicted and sentenced to threo months' imprisonment on the chargu of assault, and the woman to enc month. On the charr/e of mischief each would be convicted and fined 20s. They would also have to pay to Jano Martin 16s 6d each to make good the damage, done. Maintenance!.—William Robert. Fisher was chanted with failing to provide his wife and child with, adequate maintenance. —Ueieudant pleaded not guilty.—lt appeared than defendant, went away on a steamer without t-ellius his wife where he wa3 going, although he told the court, ho had no intention of leaving New Zealand. —The Magistrate told detendant that he could not blamo his wife for taking proceedings agi-inst him. He should have taken her into his confidence. Finally defendant agreed to an order for £1 per week being made against him, and on this condition no was discharged from custody. I pleaded guilty to a charge of escaping from the Salvation Army Homo, sho stating that as it was New Year's Kvb she wanted to go for a walk.—Senior-sergeant Bart said "that tho defendant not only escaped, but she took another woman : with her.—The Magistrate, after pointing out that tho woman was only prolonging her stay in the home, intimated would "give her another chance. She ■would be convicted and ordered to come up for sentence, on the understanding that if sho ca-me> before the court again on asimilar charge she would be sentenced on the present one.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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