MAORIS AT MOERAKI
THE NEW YEAH BRAWL. COMMITTED FOE TRIAL. [l'aoM Quit Own Repoeixu.] HAMPDEN. January 22. From the New Year celebration at the Maori kainga at Moeraki a somewhat sanguinary combat appears to have ensued between Paani Poret-e and George Henry Reynolds, a three-quarter-caste Maori, early on the. morning of January I. The result was that after the fight Reynolds was found to have lost a portion of his oar. Porele (called in the vernacular Barney Follctt} was charged with assault and causing actual bodily harm. The case, with others arising therefrom, was heard in the court at Hampden to-day, before Mr J. R- Bartholomew. S.M. .Senior-sergeant iStngpoole .appeared for the police, and Mr F. V, 7 . Onglcy for the accused.
Reynolds stated that or. New Year’s Evo the residents had a festival, to which beer was brought. They were at the accused’s house until the following morning. After some tin-canning at the beginning of the. year witness returned to Poretc’s house. A row started between him and the accused. They went outside, and a rough-and-tumble ensued. 'They dosed and fell, and witness felt Paani chewing his taco. He felt the first bite on the nose. Porete got his Huger- under witness's eye and tried to let cr it out. He could feel Porcto presently biting wiliiks's ear. The women pulled him off. Charles Heatjey, fisherman, said he partially remembered the New Year festival, reviving sufficiently to see the fight. He first heard of the biting two days later.
Allan Gibson, laborer, said accused and Reynolds were scuffing in tin-, lion.se. Reynolds used frightful language to the women in the- house. Accused rose no. and Reynolds knocked him down on the sofa. They closed, and witness separated them. They went outside, and as juvuv d went out Reynolds struck him on the bade. Outside, they stood up and stria k at each other. Alter they shaped up Reynolds got Barney IVJlett's baud and let him. Follctt sang out; “ The. cow is biting me.” and. they locked and came to the. ground, Reynolds on top. Presently Po’llelt got on top. Witness could m-ar teeth grinding, and their heads wr-m close together. Witness took Reynolds horn; and discovered that a. piece o: hi* car was missing. When the. men were lying together Porcte. said, when trying to g<n his arm away : " Oh, itV, biting you warn, is it Constable Woodley deposed that- when accosted, accused said ; “ 1 fought with Reynolds, but did not kite him. Reynolds challenged me to fight, and struck me in rny own house. Reynold? Lit me wiscu we were fighting outside.” Accused reserved Ins defence, and v.a?, committed for trill a.i Oamaru. Patrick Hampstead was next Gsarg-vl with sending a, false tale,.rem nod ' the name of a fisherman iCimi U; Hcm.k-y to a money order t-ek-gram, v.d-.ii -;,>h ho procured liquor. Destiny woo iso offi not give accused authority to = e.:d a to,--. gram, but if ho bad been a-ffi-d for 'w c permission ho would have given it. Accused's brother and witne-s dir-towed getting some beer up, and it was settled mat they were to get some up. lie was informed that the beer was coming in hi? name, and he went and got it. The liquor was used for having a good time by all of them. Detective Hammer Icy said that- when arrested by him Hampstead admitted having sent a telegram and signing Heatk-v'.s name to it without obtaining his authority.
This accused also pleaded not guilty and was committed for trial.
The cases arising from the above and under the Licensing Act were- adjourned.
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MAORIS AT MOERAKI, Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915