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A middle-aged Cerman Jew named Herman Langsdorf was brought before Mr. E. C. Cutten, S.M., at the Police Court yesterday, to answer six distinct charges of obtaining money by means of valueless cheques from various tradesmen carrying on business in the city and suburbs. ChiefDetective Mareack said there was nothing out of the common in this series of thefts by means of false pretences. Having no bank account at all, the accused made a practice of going to a shop, making a small purchase, asking for a blank cheque, and filling it in for a larger sum than the amount of the purchase. He then pocketed the change, took the goods away, and sometimes sold them for much lees than their value. Accused pleaded guilty, but said ho had no intention to defraud, as there was money coming to him by mail from Home, and he expected it to arrive daily. Ho was committed to the Supreme Court for sentence.

SENT TO ROTO ROA. Richard Williams, a labourer, who resides at Takapuna, admitted that he had committed a breach of his prohibition order by entering an hotel and obtaining liquor therein. Sub-Inspector Hendrey said the accused had deliberately, and even systematically, broken the order of the Court prohibiting him from drink for 12 months, and it was apparent that a sojourn at Koto Roa would be for his own benefit and for that of the community at large, as he was exceedingly violent when in liquor. The defendant said that Mr. Hendrey s statements were quite correct, and he made no objection to going down to the island, but asked that he might be allowed a day or two before taking his departure in order that he might settle up his tradesmen's accounts, etc. No objection was made to this request bv the ° ,j' . and the sub-inspector said he would be taken over to the Lake in charge of a constable. He was committed to Koto Roa for 12 months. ' A YOUTHFUL VAGRANT. A young fellow named Wra. George Williams, who said he was 21 years of age, but who certainly did not look his years, pleaded guilty to a charge of being with-' out sufficient means of support. The police had found him wandering about the foreshore, and learned that he slept on various boats and sometimes out of doors, He had been an inmate of an industrial school, but had been discharged. The case was remanded until the following day, in order that inquiries may be made as to whether the Salvation Army can do anything for the young man. " '

THEFT OF A WATCH. A young and well-dressed man named Robert Merme pleaded guilty to a charge of having stolen a watch, valued at 10s. the property of a fellow lodger named Maxwell Chambers. Chief-Detective Marsack asked that the case stand over until Monday next, as accused had just been arrested, and it was desirable that some inquiries should be made before sentence was passed. As far as was known, accused came from Huntly, and staved in a boardinghouse, and then he borrowed the watch from Chambers. He cleared out oi the boardmghouse without paying.. he took the watch with him, and pawned it tor 3s. The remand was granted. ■ HORSE KILLED BY A TRAIN. Alfred John Graham, a tea merchant, residing at Momingside for whom Mr. A. Moody appeared, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having allowed a horse to stray on the railway line near the.Morningside railway station. The case for the prosecution was that the horse had got on to the railway track at night, and an outgoing train collided with the animal, which was so badly injured that it died shortly afterwards. The defence was that Mr. Graham had the horse in a well-en-closed paddock, but people were in the habit of going across it for a short cut to the station, and somebody must have left the gate open, permitting . the horse to stray. The value of the animal was stated to be £15. His Worship found that he must convict, and defendant was fined £2 with £2 5s 6d costs.

DRUNKENNESS. James Ferguson and Prieciila Redmond were each fined 10s, in default 48 hours' imprisonment, for drunkenness Albert Anderson, for having been again found drunk after being convicte 1 three times within the last six months, was fined 10s, or 48 hours' imprisonment, and prohibited. Henry Thomas was convicted and discharged. Michael Hickey, who was fined for drunkenness on Tuesday, and immediately on his release got drunk again, was remanded for medical treatment. .William O'Brien, an elderly wharf labourer, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with having committed a breach of tho prohibition order issued against him, and was fined £2, or two days' imprisonment. Two first offenders were each fined ss, or 24 hours' imprisonment.

MISCELLANEOUS. Mrs. Skow, an elderly woman, admitted that while under the influence of liquor she had used some very bad language in her house in Exmouth-street, which language could be heard in the public street. She was fined £1, and costs £2 6s. John McLeod, for a similar offence committed at Newmarket during the course of a dispute with one of his fellow employees at a brewery, was fined £1, with 7s coste.

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POLICE COURT NEWS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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POLICE COURT NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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