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MAGISTERIAL.

y'; OHEIBTOHUROH. — . This Day. (Before G. L. Lee and 0. T. lok, Esqs.) DairNiENNßsa.— Two first offenders were fined Sa each, one having topayls6dcab hire in addition. -'. Fusions DarviKG.— William Wilson was summoned for furious driving in High street. He denied the oharge. Constable Hayes Broved8 roved the offence having been committed on 'uesday, April 29. Defendant was driving a horse and buggy. Mr Wilson asked if the witness had not intended to overlook the matter but for another person's interference. The witness waa told not to answer the quostion. Defendant got into the witness box and waasworn. He explained that the mare had been, under his control the whole time, and could not go rapidly. Constable Hayes was recalled, and deposed that the mare went at full gallop from the White Hart Hotel down ' High street as far as Liohfleld street. It waa at 6.80 p.m. The defendant was making no effort to pull the mare up. Mr Wilaon, in •reply, said that had he pulled up suddenly the mare would have fallen and probably h&ve broken her legs. The mare was merely cantering. William Hughea waa called for the defenoe, and deposed that the mare was cantering. She was pulled up in order to cross a private bridge into the atablea. The ( mare had been a little freah, but was only . cantering in High atreet. Witness thought | defendant was cheeking the mare. The • Benoh dismissed the case. : Labobnt took a Dwelling.— James • Harding was oharged with stealing a watch, , value £10, the property of Edward Hiorns. Mr.Thomaa appeared .lforA the accused. Detective Benjamin deposed: On the morning of the 7th inst, about half-paat ten, in conaequence information given me by Mr Hiorns, I went into the billiard-room of hia hotel. I saw prisoner there. I asked him for the description of a man. Prisoner said he was about his own Bize, and gave a description of him. I was asked what he had done, and said he wasisuspected of having stolen a watoh from Mr,Hiorne. I said il was a silver watoh. The prisoner said nothing. To Mr Thomas :It was between 10 and 12 o'clook . on the 7th, I told prisoner that the suspected ( person had been boots at the hotel. The ; accused knew me to be a detective I have no doubt. I did not tell him ao then. I may have described the watoh. I don't know that there waa a ohain. Joseph Voak, leasee of the Central Hotol billiard' room, deposed—Prisoner waa in my employ as a marker. Last Saturday night he pulled out a strange watch, and shewed it to me.' It was between 9 and 10 o'clock, and in the billiardroom. I had not before seen that kind of watoh. I asked him where he got it from. He told me he had bought it. I asked him from whom. He aaid from hia father-in-law, and that he had given him £8 for it. I told him it was a cheap watch, and asked him to let me look at it. After examining it I told him I thought it looked like a watoh that Mr Hiornshad lost. I then asked him the number of 'the watcb. He save me the number. That was all that passed between us. I could not swear that he mentioned his father-in-law's name. At first he said he got it from his governor. I asked him if he meant Mr Hiorns and he said, no, my father-in-law. To Mr Thomas : The prisoner has been in my employ since Maroh 6. I know nothing against him. I cannot say that prisoner knew that Mr Hiorns had lost a watoh until I told him of it. He show no reluctance to let me see it or to tell me the number. There was not the slightest attempt at concealment. It was in the publio billiard-room, whioh waa full of people. Immediately afterwarda I missed liim from the room. I have seen tho "boots" about the house. Edward Hiorns, keeper of the Central Hotel, deposed.* Prisoner was formerly in my employ. He was employed in the billiard-room till Saturday night. I lost a watoh on Saturday, April 12, 1879. The laat time I aaw it it waa on my dressing table at half-paat 11 o'clock in the morning. I missed it on Monday, April 14. I thought my wife had put it away. I made no report of the loss until ' , May 7, when I told Mr Benjamin. [Witneas •\' .explained how the delay had been c.used _ 'from his being under the impression that he " . might have given it by mistake for another • . watch.] On Saturday prisoner asked me if I had lost a watch, and I said yes. Prisoner . was going to tell me the numbor, but I said, " Wait tui I have seen what the number is." I had the number on a card. It is 83,804. Prisoner said, *' This is evidently your watoh ; ~* I had better give it to you." He gave it to me.) I asked him where he got it. He told me he had found it under some wood leading from the passage door to the kitohen. I don't remember his saying at what time he had found it. He aaid nothing about the boots. I said it was rather a funny upUce to find a watch. He said he •#Jaw something shining, and stooped down and jpicked it up. The value of the watoh is about JjlO. The watch produced is the same. I believe he muat have known about tho watoh, becaUse on the 7th I called him in and asked him to describe to Mr Benjamin the " boots," who was suspected. The "boots" left my employ, I believe, on April 12 ; I paid him off about 9 o'olook. To Mr Thomas: The " boots " remained about the hotel until the Sunday. The reason I suspected the " boots " was that he went to his room about half -past 11. His room was opposite mine. He had before that time! taken hia box down. I asked him what "he had gone up for, and he said for a scarf, which he had in his hand. I then made no remark. He had plenty of opportunity to go into my room without being noticed. I daresay I was in my room half an hour afterwards. He went down after me. Ho passed through the door where the prisoner said he had found the watch. The boards were tightly fixed, and a man would have to stoop down to put a watch under them. The girls were passing to and fro continually. From that time "the boots "bas not been found, that I know of. Inspeotor Hickson: "If you want him we can find him for you." Witness: In the conversation between myself, Benjamin, and the prisoner, no mention, that I remember, was made of the watoh. To Inspector Hickson : I know tbat the boots was frequently through the door that day. I had to turn him out of the kitohen. He got intoxicated and was annoving the servants. I told tho deteotive that I aid not wish prisoner tab* taken in charge. I don't think a description of the watch was given to the pri* sonjN^C'tTo Mr Thomas: Prisoner said that he found the watoh bn Monday, April 16. To JnipectorHioksOD: He said in answer to a

question from me that he was not aware that I had lost a watoh. Detective Walker deposed : I arrested prisoner on Saturday night in the biliardroom on the present charge. He said "It has come to that, has it ? I found it under a board by the door-step three days after the 'boots* left." I said, "you knew very well that Mr Hiorns had lost a watch, whv did you not give it up to him ?" He aaid, "I knew about a watch being loat, but I thought it belonged to one of the boarders." He then showed Mr Hiorns and myself where he had found the watch. He knows me very well. Mr Hickson said that he asked the last question, because where a prisoner knew that he was Bpeaking to a constable the latter need not caution him. To Mr Thomas : He did not tell me when first the knew Mr Hiorns had loat a watch. For the defence Mr Thomas called Jamea Gilbert, wheelwright, who depoaed : I know tbe accused. I have boarded with him for some time. I have seen him with a watch in his possession. He showed it me a fortnight yosterday. It was a silver watch. I did not see the inside. The outside is similar to that produced. He told me he had found it under a doorstep at Mr Hiorns'. To Inspector Hickson : He did not tell me that he had tried to find the owner. To Mr Thomas : I have seen the watch upon him at the billiard-room when a lot of people were preaent. Mr Thomas pointed out to the Court that the case was one with which they could not summarily deal. He submitted that there was no evidence which would secure a conviction for larceny from a dwelling. The Bench committed the accused to take his trial at the next session of the Supreme Court, but admitted him to bail himself in £100, and two sureties of £50 each.

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MAGISTERIAL., Star, Issue 3458, 12 May 1879

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MAGISTERIAL. Star, Issue 3458, 12 May 1879

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