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MAGISTERIAL., Star, Issue 5761, 4 January 1897
CHEIsTCHUECH. [ Monday, Jan. 4. . ; (Before his Worship the Mayor and MJ Stephen Lawrence, J.P.) \ Drunkenness.— A first offender, on baty who did not put in an appearance, was fined 10s ; and two first offenders were fined 5s each. Attempted Suicide. — William "Wallace Hunt, charged with drunkenness and attempted suicide, was remanded for a week to allow of his recovery. Obtaining Monet by False Pretences. —John Watson Munro was charged with on Dec. 22 obtaining by false pretences, from J. B. Alston, 39?, some tobacco aud cigarettes. Mr Donnelly, who appeared for defendant, said that accused was a remittance man and an old settler here. Accused had an account at the Eaugiora Bank, but none in Christchurch. It was unfortunately true that there were no funds to his credit in the Rangiora Bank. Mr Donnelly further stated that both men who' had lost their money were willing not to prosecute if reparation were made. He (Mr Donnelly) was willing to make good the defalcations at once. He asked the Bench to allow the charges to be withdrawn. Chief-Inspector Henderson thought it would be a bad thing if the criminal law were set in motion for the purpose of collecting bad debts. The accused had been sowing cheques broadcast for some time. It was true that accused had 7d to his credit indihe Rangiora Bank. Evidence having been given, the Bene£i decided to convict and discharge tlie accused on his making full reparation to the parties injured and paying the expenses of the hearing. 'The Bench cautioned accused against any repetition of such conduct. Alleged Breaking and Entering.— A charge against Henry Withell, for breaking into Messrs H. G. Clarke and Son's warehouse on Jan. 3 aud stealing therefrom 10s worth of cigars and 22a in money, was remanded till Thursday on account of the illness of the accused. . Breaking and Entering. — Frederick Seefusand H. F. M. Greigison were charged with breaking and entering into the brewery of J. M'Namara at Fendalton, oh Jan. 3, and stealing therefrom one can value £1, one glass value 6d, and leer value 2s. M. M'Carthy, brewer, deposed that on the date mentioned his attention was drawn to the fact that one of the cellar windows had been forced open, and that a topping-up can and glass were missing. Identified the can produced, and the glass was similar to that missing. Valued the can at 2os, and the glass at .6d. .Could not say whether any beer . had . been taken. John Hartnell gave similar evidence, with the addition that he had given accused two cups of beer, which they drank. Constable Kelso deposed, that the accused were asleep and drunk when arrested. TheI can and glass produced were lying close to | them. There were dregs of beer in the can. Accused denied the charge and said they knew nothing about it. Constable Dillon corroborated the evidence of the former witness. Frederick Seefus made a statement, on oath, to the effect that he went into the brewery in the morning, and was given a glass of beer. He went out and sat down, and after awhile returned;to the brewery, where he was given two more glasses. Went out again and met a man— a stranger to him — who gave him more beer out of the can. Greigison . then came on the scene, and the man referred to left them the can to empty. To Detective Henderson: Greigison and he were mateß.andhad walked out to Fendalton together; -.Was a seaman, and had left the Einiutaka last month. Had no money. Greigison wished to say nothing, except that his mate had spoken the truth. Both prisoners were committed to take their trial at the next sessions of the Supreme Court to be held on Feb. 17. (BeforeMr E. Beetham, S.M.) Civil Cases. — Judgment was given for plaintiffs by default, with costs, in the case of W. Strange and Co. v. Mrs C. Willis, claim £& 7s 3d.
MAGISTERIAL., Star, Issue 5761, 4 January 1897
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