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(Before J. P.Jameson and S. Hewlinga, Esqs.) Dbunkenness.— James Murphy was fined 5s ; a first offender was fined 53. Frank Welstead was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Addington, and with resisting Constable Johnston in the execution of his duty. Accused — who was fined 20s on Saturday, and then promised to leave Christchurch — was again fined 20a.

Miscellaneous.— William Kerr, charged with having on Dec. 6 failed to remain in attendance on his licensed vehicle, was cautioned and dsimissed.— George Hydo, for tetheriDg a horse in Bedford Eow, was fined 10s and costß, 2a. — John Harper was charged with driving four horses on the footpath, Ferry road. Accused pleaded that a number of horses belonging to Hey wood and Co. were taken every night to a paddock, and that their running along the footpath was unavoidable. The clerk to the Heathcote Eoad Board gave corroborative evidence of the offence, which was described as one of frequent occurrence. Jrined 10a and costs. — William Longdin admitted having driven a horse and van in front of an engine at the Colombo road railway crossing. The evidence of the crossing keeper was to the effect that two engines were approaching from opposite directions, but that one of them was at the time not in motion, while the other could not be seen by the accused. The danger flag, however, was up, and the man called to accused by name, begging him to stop. A nominal fine of 5s and costs 2s was imposed. — Robert Gilkes, charged with furiously riding along Colombo street ".at the_ rafce. of 14 or 15 miles an hour," pleaded that he was endeavouring to accustom his hcrse to the tram cars. Fined 10s and costs, 2s. — Thomas Martin admitted driving three horses and a dray along the footpath, Hazledean road. Fined 10s and cost?, 2s. — For permitting horses or cattle to wander at large, Harry Knight was fined ss, costs 2s; Thomas Joyce, ss, costs 2s ; John Voss, 5s and costs, 2s. A case against James Osborn was dismissed. Sale of Poisons.— George Bonnington, chemist, High street, was charged that " being registered under tho Sale of Poisons Act, he did sell poison, to wit, one ounce of laudanum, and did then and there fail to make an entry in a book kept for that purpose, stating the date of the sale, the name and address of the purchaser, the name and quantity of tho article sold, and the purpose for which it was stated to be required by the purchaser, and bearing the signature of the purchaser." — William Potter Townend, chemist, was charged with a similar offence, in the sale of two ounces of laudanum. George BonniDgton admitted the offence. For the information of the Bench, Sergeant Morico mentioned that the poison was sold to a man who was afterwards found dead. In reply to the Bench, accuEed said it had not been the general custom to register in every case. The laudanum was asked for in a very straightforward manner, and the person accompanying the purchaser was known to accused. Joseph Bowron, commercial traveller, deposed that the purchaser of the laudanum stated he was suffering very muck from neuralgia. This being a first offence, accused was fined 20a and costs, and ordered to pay ss, allowance to witness. In W. P. Townend's case, it appeared that no one accompanied the purohaier. Fined 20a and costs. Support of Children.— ln the case against George Wadsworth, adjourned from the previous Monday, the master of the Burnham Industrial School stated that arrears, £41, were now due on an order made for tho weekly payment of 10s. The case was withdrawn, for tho purpose of laying an amended information. Illegal Kbscue. — James Wooding, Lincoln road, was charged with having on Dec. 1 illegally rescued three head of cattle from James Wright. Complainant did not inform defendant that the cattle were being taken to the pound. Case dismissed, with a caution. Assault. — Jane M'Grundell was charged with having on Dec. 3, at Opawa, assaulted Edith Dipponhoim, aged 12. Mr Loughnan appeared for the defendant. The complainant's statement was to the effect that she was a nurse girl, but had to do all the housework, and that whilst she was sciubbing accused kicked her because she was not doing the work quick enough. She thought the mistress was not sober. (Laughter.) Tho defonce was a distinct denial of complainant's statement, and corroborative evidence was adduced, showing that the girl was bad tempered, but had always been kindly treated. Case dismissed ; two of defendant's' witnesses being allowed 4s each. LYTTELTON. Monday, Dec. 13. (Before J. Ollivier and H. Allwright, Esqs.) Dbunk.— A first offender was fined 10s. Stowaway.— Edward Knight, for stowingaway on board tho e.s. Wanaka between Wellington and Lyttelton, was ordered to pay a fine of 20s, the fare, £2, or in default seven days' hard laboui*.

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MAGISTERIAL., Star, Issue 3948, 13 December 1880

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MAGISTERIAL. Star, Issue 3948, 13 December 1880