A youth named Birch, the Buvnham escapee, who is already committed for trial on a. charce of a murderous assault on his employer,"Mr O'Coruicll, of Clandeboye, on November 7, while the latter was asleep, was charged before the Magistrate at Timaru yesterday on five cases of alleged forgery of _o'Oohn ell's na-me to cheques anc? uttering them to Temuka shopkeepers, for the total amount of £ls 10s, on the same day as the assault oruO'Connell; also with the theft of various articles and money of the total value of £5 10s, the property of O'Gonnell; also with the theft of a bicycle valued at £8 at Mitcham on August 12, and breaking and entering a dwelling at Mitcham on the 6ame date and stealing a watch and chain and £4 15s in cash. The accused had admitted the offences to the police, and was committed for trial. Some of the stolen articles and £7 2s 6d (money found in accused's possession) the Bench ordered to be returned to the owners and the money b» be divided among the losers.
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15698, 12 January 1915