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MAGISTERIAL.

OHRISTOHUROH. This Day. (Before C. 0. Bowen, Esq., R.M.) Dbunk and Disobdebly. — Jameß Brown, arrested by Sergeant Willis, was fined lOs.— Mary Holmes, arrested by Constablo Hugheß, was fined 20s.— James M'Mahon, arrested by Sergeant Kennedy, was also brought up. Sergeant Kennedy said, shortly before 12 o'clock last night, he saw prisoner dragged out of the bar of the Criterion Hotel, by the barman, and thrown on to the foofcparfch. Prisoner was quite helpless from drink, and had no ono to tako care of him. When he was thrown put, he fell down and lay there until removed. By his Worship : Prisoner waß thrown on to the footpath, and left there. He was quite helpless. Ifc was very dark and raining heavily. His Worship asked if tho barman was in attendance. Inspector Buckley replied ih the negative. His Worship ordered thafc the barman should be sent for. This was done, and the barman being sworn, said prisoner had only one drink in tho bar, and did not appear drunk when he called for ifc. Witness only turned him out when the time arrived for closing the bar, It was raining at the time. A man took hold of prisoner when he was put out, but afterwards let him go, and prisoner laid dovyn on the' path. Constable Hughes, called, said he saw prisoner in the bar of the hotel during the evening. Ho was lying down, and appeared to be very drunk. When the barman turned prisoner out ifc was raining very hard, and a man, who seemed to be prisoner's mate, took hold of -him/but afterwards let hi_d 100.c,' whi6n the* barman Md prisbrier on'the'fdotpathahd left bim there.' A man, named ! Oguvl.j 'called, said -he ■ saw 'prisoner turned out of the hotel in what, he considered, to be a disgraceful manner. He wa- helplessly drunk, and he complained to the barman about it at the time. It was raining vory heavily at tho time. He, witness, was not prisoner's mate. His Worship said it would be necessary to call the landlord of the hotel, in order that the matter might be v looked into properly. Such conduct on the part pf publicans or theirservants, as had been swornto in this instance could not be allowed. Ifc was disgraceful and also dangerous, for, if ifc had nofc been for the police taking prisoner in charge, he might have met with some injury, if even he had not been killed. The barman, said, if he had done anything wrong, he was very sorry and would freely apologise for ifc. No blame could be attached to Mr Baylee, as he was not present at .the time. He, therefore, hoped the Bench would lay all the onus on him (tho barman.) Ab he .already stated, he wbb Borry if ho had done anything wrong, but, being new to the business, he did did not know what the regulations wero. His Worship said the Bench would accept this view of the matter, but a repetition of such conduct would certainly not .be • paased over quietly. Prisoner, for being drunt,' would' be fined 6s.— Thomas Salter, arrested by. Constable Dance, was fined 20s. ', Dijunk and, Soliciting Prostitution; — Lucy Tr^cy, arrested by. Constable Hughes, was fined 20s, or, in default of paymept, ordered to be imprisoned for 48 hours. •.Larceny prom a Person^ — Joseph Hannan was brought- up in , custody, charged with an offence of this nature. Constablo Beck , stated that on , Thursday afternoon ho was Bent fpr to the Caversham Hotel. When. he arrived there, prisoner was pointed out to him as having taken a purse containing notes from a man named Oharles Olliver. Witness arrested prisoner, and cautioned him, after which prisoner asked, if nothing was found on him, how the case would go with him. On searching prisoner, witness found the half sovereign, two shilling pieco, four shillings, and sixponco, produced. The purse ,and noto produced were given to witness by a man named Childs, who had seen prisoner commit tho larceny. A man named Holden also , gave witness the two shillings produced. The pipe produced was rocoived by witness from the prosecutor Olliver. Wm. Ohilds, labourer, said ho was at the Caversham .Hotel skittle alley on Thursday. A man named Olliver was also there. He was in a sleepy state, amd lying down. This was in the afte»nooh.' • Prisoner was also present. Whilo Olliver was lying down, witness saw prisoner not exactly take the purse produced from Olliver, but walking away from him with it in his hand. He called out, " That will nofc do, mate." Whereupon prisoner threw the purse and a pound noto back afc witnoss. Witness knew the purse to be Ollivor's,as ho (witness) had given it to him that morning. Prisoner did not mako any remark when ho threw tho purse and note back. Witness gave prisoner a shilling on two separate occasions. On Wednesday night, prisoner, whom he had riot known boforo said, when ho asked for this money, thafc he was bard up. The pipe produced belonged to witness. He had riot given it up to anyone. By prisoner : Witness did not see prisoner take the purße out of Olliver's pocket, bufc he saw him closo to Olliver with it in his hand. John Hojdeji, stoker, employed at the gasworks, said he was at the Caversham skittle alley about Ao'olock yester-

day af ternoo*. Last witaets and OUiver were also there. Ho saw the purse produced in prisoner's hand. Shortly afterwards prisoner gave witness two shillings which he had owed v him some time. Witness could nofc say whether prisoner had changed a half-sovereign jusfc before. Witness saw prisoner take the pipe produced out of Ollivor's pocket. Prisoner afterwards 'smoked the pipe in the bar, and refused to give it back. The men-pre-sent, however, closed the door, and compelled him to do so. By prisoner : Witnoss saw prisoner return the pipe. Charles Olliver, labourer, said he was* at the Caversham skittle-alley yesterday afternoon, and saw prisoner there. He (witness) went to sloep on a form, and was afterwards awoke by a man MhiSd Childs, who said he was robbed. He tlieii. felt his pockets, and missed his purse containing four single notes. He also missed a half-sovereign and some silver. He did not know what Bank tho notes were on. The purse and notes were in his trousers pocket, bufc the other money was in his vest pocket. He was quite certain he had all the money on him whon he went to sleep. Ho was quite certain as to the identity of the purse produced. The pipe produced belonged to Childs, but was in witness' coat pocket when he went to sleep. Witness and Ohilds were mates. By prisoner : After Childs went for the police, prisoner was not out of witness' company, but witness did not watch him bo closely that he might not have put money out of the way. He did not remember lending prisoner the pipe before he went to sleep. The pipe was in witness' pocket before he went to sleep. In defence, prisoner called Mr Hale, the landlord, who, in reply to the Bench, said Childs came to the bar, and told him his mate (Olliver), had been robbed. Witness went in, and told prisoner ho had better return the money, or the police would be sent for. Prisoner Baid he had no money, and witness then asked him to allow himself to be searched, as witness knew he had no money before he came into the house, but he refused- Some time afterwards prisoner offered to allow himself to be searched, and witness found a half sovereign and silver upon him. He put it back, and then ordered the police to be Bent for. Prisoner, in defence, denied the theft. His Worship said that the pipo was taken or borrowed openly, and there was not sufficient j evidence of a felonious intent, . ,but . there ' could be no doubt as to the theft of i the purse and money. The Bench would hke to hear what was known of , prisoner's general character. Detective Feast said prisoner came to tho province about 12 months ago from Hokitika, and had married a woman named Carkin. He did but very little work, and was constantly loafing about drunken men, from whom many complaints of -robbery had been heard. Witness knew that prisoner had on. more than , one occasion taken money from drunken men, but in that half-open manner which made it very diffioult to get a case up against him. Witness had repeatedly cautioned prisoner about his conduofc, and it was only because of , these cautions that he did any work at all." Prisoner, in defence, ■aid he worked whenever he could obtain employment, and had not committed the theft with which . he. was now oharged. His Worship said the mere fact of prisoner begging the money from Ohilds the night before the robbery was disgraceful conduct on the part of an able-bodied man like the prisoner. There could also be no. doubt whatever about the theft, and prisoner would bo sentenced, tp six months' imprisonment wifch hard labour. VAbusitb [and ■ Pbopanb Language.— George Wadsworth "and Mary Wadswbrth, husband and wife, wero brought up on remand from Thursday, charged with an offence of this bharacter: His Worship reprimanded' the accuaed for their conduct, on the .previous day, resulting, as it had, in their committal for contempt of -Court. The accused /expressed regret for their miseonduefc. Four neighbours were then called, and ifc appeared from their evidence that the accuaed were a complete nuisance to the neighbourhood in which they lived. Both were addicted to drinking, and often quarrelled between themselves, during whioh time they used very improper language in Buchloud tones as to bu easily heard by persons passing along the road.: The female accused was also shown to have used abusive language towards several of her neighbours. Three of the witnesses said that the male accused had never molested them in any way, but had rather Bought to protect them from his wife. The other witness, however, asserted that the male prisoner had threatened to shoot him. The latter, charge was strongly denied. His Worship said the evidence clearly showed the accused to" have conducted themselves in a most disgraceful manner, and they would jointly be fined £5, and, in default of payment, be imprisoned for one month each.

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MAGISTERIAL., Star, Issue 1962, 19 June 1874

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MAGISTERIAL. Star, Issue 1962, 19 June 1874

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