CITY POLICE COURT.
Tuesday, August Hi.
(Before Messrs F. Mallard and W. Wills, J.Fs.) Laju.-hny. -A. lad named Kugene Dessarthc,who had been charged the day previously with petty larceny, was now brought before the court in order "that their Worships might satisfy themselves that the boy had been punished by his mother.-Mrs DeEsarthe having given evidence, the Bench cautioned and discharged the lad. (Ueforu Messrs J. Morrison and A. Mollieon, J.P's.) Disorderly while Drunk.—William Barnes, who was charged with being disorderly while drunk, pleaded guilty.-Sergeant O'Neill stated that accused's conduct was very bud. He was in a terrible state of drunkenness, and threatened to burn down the house and kill come horses that were in the stable close by.-Evidence was given by Constable Tracey and John liarues(theln-other of accused), who said his brother was always dangerous when drunk.—Accused was sent to gaol for a week.
Jjjii;.VKiiXM-:ss.— Frederick Hornby, who made his fifth appearance before the court, was lined 2us, in default seven days in gaol.
A Kiotoi:s Ciiaiuctkk.—Thomas King, alian Liverpool .lack, uUus Kelly, pleaded guilty to a charge of drunkenness, and not guilty to a charge of assaulting Constable O'Connor in the execution of his duly while in Stuart street.—Sergeant O'Neill stated that; Hornby was being brought in by two constables, when this young man followed them up and began throwing stones at them. One of the constables had to let go, and while he was in pursuit accused threw a stone, which struck the constable in the face. Accused was subsequently arrested in Princes street.— Constable O'Connor, in evidence, said that when near the Auld Scotland Hotel this young man, who was with another, said "Let the man go," meaning Hornby, and began pelting stones.— Constables Satchler and Homier (the latter of whom subsequently ejected the arrest) also gave evidence; after which accused made a statement on oath, in which he said that the policeman hud knocked him about with his baton. He did not resist, nor did he throw stones.—There were six previous convictions against accused, live of which were in Christchurch and one in Wellington. A sentence of two months' imprisonment, with hard labour, was passed on accused on the graver charge, he being convicted and discharged for drunkenness.
Fai.sk Prkthnce.—Frederick William Dreverman was charged with obtaining L 2 from James Dreaver, on July 23, by means of a false pretence. A plea of guilty was recorded, and Chief-detective Henderson stated that complainant was the licensee of the Sussex Hotel. Accused stopped at the hotel for about a week, and gave Sir Dreaver a cheque and asked him to cash it, saying he had money in the bank. The cheque was for L 2. Mr Dreaver gave him the money, and presented the cheiine, which was returned with " No account" on it. He saw accused, and said the cheque had been returned, "No account." Accused asked what bank it had been taken to, and Mr Dreaver replied, the Bank of Australasia. Accused then said, "I have the Dank of Australasia on the brain, it should have been the Hank of New Zealand." Accused, the detective continued, was a remittance man, but he fuolishly knocked his money down. He had been to several hotels beforel, and had " cleared out " without paying.— Accused was sentenced to a month's imprisonment.
Assault.—Josiah Stanaway, Donald Douglas, ami John Boyd were charged, on remand, that they did, on the sth inst., at Mornington, unlawfully assault, beat, wound, and illtreat one William Henry Carey, and did thereby occasion him great actual bodily harm.—-Sergeant O'Neill said in this case the injured man was still conlined to his bed. Ilia leg was broken on the occasion. He (the sergeant) asked for a remand for a week— Kcmanded for a week, bail being allowed, at Mr Solomon's request, as before. Wednesday, August 17. (Before Messrs J. Logan, C. Allen, and h. Mendelsohn, J.Fs.) Drunkenness.—One first offender was convicted and discharged. Mary Duff pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk uud disorderly, and was fined 10s, in default 48 hours' imprisonment.
Assaulting the Police. — Frank O'Neill, charged with assaulting Constable O'Connor while in the execution of his duty, pleaded not guilty.—After hearing the evidence, he was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with bard labour.
Fat.se Pretences. — William Charles, alias Hazell, alias Verne, was charged on remand with having, at Dunedin, on the 15th July, obtained from John Selkirk Capstick, a waiter, by means of false pretences, the sum of LlO, with intent to defraud.-Mr Hanlou, who appeared to defend, asked for a remand; but this was opposed by Mr Mouat, who prosecuted; and the Bench decidtd to go on .with the case.—Mr Mouat then opened his case, the facts being somewhat similar Ito those elicited in the recent case in which I Charles was convicted of the larceny of the present prosecutor's watch. Capstick had been induced by the representations of accused to pay him LlO to become his partner. At the time Charles induced Capstick to become a partner he had al eady two partners, and another victim was secured afterwards.—.Evidence was given by complainant, James Liston, Edwin Glover (assistant warder and clerk at the gaol), William Denis Heenan (Colonial Drug Company), Robert Taggart (livery stable keeper), Rashced Saleeby (hairdresser), Joseph Jampbell (baker), and William Bcnlow (seaman). — Mr Hanlon addressed the bench, and submitted that it could not be contended that Charles had obtained the money under false pretences. He might have pretended that his business was better than it was, but that was not an offence, but a lie. —The Bench having decided to commit accused for trial, Mr Hanlon said he had not been given fair play, as he was not allowed to confer with his client privately as to his defence, and the prisoner had been handicapped in having to appear in prison garb. It was evident it would be no use his remaining to cross-examine witnesses in the other cases, and he would, therefore, retire.— Accused was committed for trial, and Mr Hanlon left the court.
(Mr Mendelsohn here left the Bench.)
Accused was further charged with having on the 10th July, at Dunedin, obtained from William Benlow the sum of L 32 by means of a false pretence.—Mr Mouat again appeared to prosecute, and after the case was partly heard, a remand was ordered to the next morning. PitoiiinrnoN Order.—Robert Stewart applied for a prohibition order against his son I'ernard Stewart (17 years' of age) forbidding all licensed persons in Dunedin, South Dunedin, Caversham, St. Kilda, Mornington, and North-Kast Valley, to sell him any liquor for the space of one year.— Application granted. Impounding Act.—For allowing a cow to wander at large in Forbury road, in the Borough of Caversham, Robert Young was lined 2s b'd, without costs.
Thursday, Aur.usi IS. (Before Mr E. 11. Carew, R.M.)
Stealing Iron.—Thos. Medder pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing, on or about the 13th iust., at Dunedin, (iewtof iron, of the value of 10s, the property of the New Zealand Railway Commis-sioners.—Chief-detective Henderson said that on Friday last two trucks full of old iron were sent from Hillside, and stood from Friday to Monday in Eattray street, in the open. On Monday a carter was engaged by accused to take some old iron down to Mr Thornicroft's foundry. Accused went down with the iron and received ss, and was to receive the balance (10s) later on.—Detective M'Gratli arrested accused, and ho then said he had picked the iron up, and added, "If it was of value, why did they leave it about?" Accused had been convicted on a similar charge, with two other men, before. There were several other convictions against him also.—Mr Carew said he felt some doubt, seeing the number of convictions, whether it was a case he should deal with summarily.—Accused said it was want, and nothing more, was the cause of his being where he was. He had got 5s and had paid it away for food. He had a wife and five little children, and he was sure no one knowing the circumstances would press the charge.—ln reply to Mr Carew accused said he had made application to the Benevolent Trustees and was allowed ss, but this was insufficient owing to his being ill.—Mr Carew said he would take the circumstances into consideration to some extent, and sentenced accused to three calendar months' imprisonment, with hard labour. Registration of Births and Dhatiis Act.— John Cormack was charged with failing to register the death of his child within the period proscribed by the act.—Defendant's wife appeared, and said that she understood it was six weeks, not 31 days, that was allowed for registration.— The registrar, Mr Hall, pointed out that by the terms of the act he was prevented from registorin" the death until a conviction had been recorded. -His Worship was satisfied that there %yas no intention to evade registration, and fined defendant 2s (id, without costs. (Before Messrs J. Logan and C. Allan, J.P's.) The CiuKfiKS against Dv Charles.—luo clnr"e preferred by William Benton against Wil-liam-Charles, alia* Hazel, alias Verne, of obtaining from him L 35 by means of false pretences, was continued at midday.—Mr Mouat appeared to prosecute—William Benton (seaman), Edwin Glover (assistant warder and clerk at the gaol), Kasheed Suleeby (hawker), and Joseph Campbell (baker) gave evidence, after which accused was committed for trial.-On further charges of obtainiug 1.10 from Joseph Campbell and UO from Kasheed Saleeby, accused was committed for trial.