POLICE COURT NEWS.
USE OF OBSCENE LANGUAGE. ONE OFFENDER FINED £10. Charged in the Police Court yesterday, before Mr. J. W. Poynton, S.M., -with assault and obscene language. Alfred O'Meara pleaded not guilty, adding that he had no recollection of the occurrence Evidence- was given by George Burnett that be was struck by accused when he endeavoured to get the latter to go away. Accused was fined £3 for assault, and 20s on the other charge, a prohibition order being issued against him. A fine of £}0, in default one month's imprisonment, was imposed on Andrew Cowpn, aged 48, for having used obscene language in the Windsor Reserve, Devonport, on Thursday afternoon, in the presence of women and children. Accused pleaded not guilty, saying he had no r<>. collection of the incident. He was convicted and discharged on a charge 'if drunkenness on the same occasion.
IMPRISONED FOR DRUNKENNESS
One month's imprisonment was imposed on Arthur Smiles, aged 49, for being helplessly drunk in Customs Street on Monday. He had previously served 12 months on Rotoroa Island for drunkenness, and had been in hospital for medical treatment as a result of his latest lapse. He was ordered to pay £1 14s medical expenses.
SHOP OPEN ON SUNDAY. Arthur Braid, tobacconist, of Devonport, wa ß fined 20s and costs 13s 6d for having kept big shop open on a Sundav. He pleaded not guilty, saying that when he took over the shop the previous occupants told him they had an assurance from the police that the shop could bo kept open on Sundays. The shop had been open ou. Sundays for the last 15 months. A charge of failing to comply with the apiary inspector's order to get rid of foul brood in his hives was preferred against H. B. Stringer. Arthur Goodwin, apiary inspector, said he had first, served notice on defendant in 1919. He had complained to defendant on several occasions. ■ Defendant said he had done his best to carry out the instructions under very difficult" conditions. A fine of £5 was imposed.
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