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POLICE COURT NEWS.

ADMISSION OF FORGERY.

COMMITTED FOR SENTENCE.

At the Police Court yesterday, before Mr. E. C. Cut ten, S.M., John Alfred Bastin was charged with having, on November 5, 1909, at Auckland, forged the name of Richard Waddy Cosslett as an endorsement on a promissory note for £30, drawn by himself and wife, Alice Bastin, in favour of one Lynch, also on a promissory note for £65, drawn by accused and his wife, in favour of James Emerson ; also, that on December 8, 1909, he obtained from John Lynch £50 by false pretences, with intent to defraud, and that on the 301 of the samo month lie stolo two phonographs, valued at £15, belonging to George, .Mitchell.

I The accused, who seemed to feel his ! position keenly, pleaded guilty to all the charges. It was shown in evidence that Bastin, who was in business in Karangahapo Road, got into financial difficulties, and advertised for a loan. Ho was successful in obtaining two loans, for both of which he gave promissory notes. He ma.de payment of one or two instalments, but being unable to continue them forged tho signatures as endorsements, and then disappeared. He went to Sydney, after which he returned to Christ-church, where he was arrested, and signed a statement, which was practically a confession of his guilt. Accused was remanded to the Su prcme Court for sentence. ALLEGED BURGLARY. Thomas Marshbank, Geo. Roach Bartlett, James King, alias Leonard Martin, Joseph Thomas Christie, and John Ernest Mooro were remanded till Monday on charges of breaking and entering and theft THEFT OP TOOLS. A young carpenter named Albert John Payne pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing two carpenters' planes, the property of his mates. In explanation, he said he had left his work, got drunk, gone back for his tools, and taken other tools by mistake. He was found guilty, and having been before the Court on various charges previously was sentenced to seven days on each charge, the sen fences to be concurrent. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of his pro bibition order, for which ho was fined £2, or seven days, this sentence to be cumulative with the other.

ASSAULT CASES. A short, stoutly-built man, named Wm. Chidsey, lately a seaman on the s.s. Victoria, was charged with being drunk and assaulting Mr. Max. Liechtenstein, of the firm of Lichtenstein, Arnoldson, and Co. It appeared from the evidence that accused assaulted complainant because he remonstrated with Chidsey for taking one of his firm's hand barrows, which he and a companion were amusing themselves by wheeling along the street. Accused was convicted, and fined £1 and costs, or seven days. Frederick Harkins, who was defended by Mr. Hackett, was charged with assaulting a racecourse detective at last Takapuna meeting. Accused was convicted, and fined £1, and costs 245.

DRUNKENNESS. William Henry Shannon was fined 10s, or 48 hours, for a second offence of drunkenness, one first offender was fined ss, and another forfeited £1 bail. MISCELLANEOUS. Chas. Rowle, described as cook at the Central Fire Station, and defended by Mr. Hackett, was charged with using obscene language. The defence was an absolute denial that he used tho words on the charge-sheet. Accused was convicted, and fined £2. For being an idle and disorderly person and soliciting alms, James Pollock was sentenced to imprisonment for one month. Henrv George- Nicholls, Percy Crabb Robert Hope McCallum. Cecil Rubie, Wal ter Feltham, James Wilson, Raymond Robert Martin, Ernest Crouch. James Boylan, Duncan McKonzio, and Eric McCarthy were each fined 5s and costs for landing from one of the Devonport ferry boats while the bout was in motion, and a young boy, Arnold Geddie, was ordered to pay 7s costs for tho same offence. Mrs. Follas, who failed to register the birth of a child within the statutory time, was fined £2, and 9s costs. For driving a waggon other than at a walking pace on tho Devonport Wharf, Albert Marshall was fined 10s, and 9s costs.

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POLICE COURT NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14695, 1 June 1911

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POLICE COURT NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14695, 1 June 1911

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