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The Urepuki Charge.

— w (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) On Tuesday W. Dormer, W. Jobnstone, A. Lecky, M. Dondon, and N. Kirkton were brought before Mr McCarthey, S.M., and charged with, on the night of Sunday, i the 9th, breaking into a house occupied by two Chinese named Ah Ching and Chong Ching, with intent to commit a crime. Ah Ching (through Wong Tape, interpreter) , deposed that on the night in question some men came to his house and, on being refused admittance, broke in the door and , five men entered. Witness was alone, his mate having gone to see a flume. The men made themselves at home, and eventually witness left, about half past eight p.m. to go for the police. On returning with some men he found Lecky dead drunk, and fast asleep, on a bed. The house had been ransacked, the floor b£iug strewn with broken cases. An attempt was made to take Lecky away, but he was too drunk, so he waa removed from the bed to a sofa and left there. Ah Ching left the house, and did not return until about 8 o'clock next morning ; the other Chinaman remaining out all night. When search was made next day it was found that Chinese brandy, valued at £4 109, two bottles of gin, four bottles of brandy and 101 b of Judo tobacco had been stolen. Ah Ching swore distinctly to Lecky and Dondon, but could not identify the others. — Chufjg King said he saw the men, but could not swear to any of them, but was positive as to their number being five. The witnesses who went from the township with Ah King could only identify Leeky and Doiraer. They were shown the broken door and the log of wood which had been used as a battering rain.— All the accused admit having been at the house some time during that day, but denied having done any harm.— Ah Ching further deposed that he was assaulted by both Dondon and Lecky. On Monday the police visited the eceuo, and their evidence corroborated the Chinamen's story. They searched the neighbourhood and found two and a half bottles of Chinese brandy and a stick of Juno tobacco about 70 yards from the house, and saw marks on the ground where it was evident men had been rolling about. Some witnesses deposed to having heard sounds as of persons singing as if carousing. — The accused, for whom Mr W. Macalister appeared, pleaded '' Not Guilty." They were committed for trial, bail being allowed, each in £50 and two sureties of £25 each.— Sub- Inspector Green conducted the prosecution, and Mr Hall watched the case in the interest of the Chiuameti.

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The Urepuki Charge., Southland Times, Issue 15175, 20 February 1902

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The Urepuki Charge. Southland Times, Issue 15175, 20 February 1902