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MAGISTERIAL.

♦ CHRISTCHURCH. "Wednesday, March 29. (Before Mr Sopp, J.P., and Mr "W. "W.| Cooper^ J.P.) Alleged Manslauohtlek. — Chas. Henry Carter^in engine-driver, was charged (on reman" with having committed manslaughter at Eakaia, on March 11, by causing the death of Rose Florence Harwoed, Mary Ann Franks, Frances Evelyn Jones and Richard De Renzie Knight Bowden. Mr 'Stringer appeared for the Crown, and Mr Joynt and Mr Raphael ap•peared for the accused. Sir Stringer applied for a remand. Mr Joynt raised no objection, and the accused was remanded till Wednesday next, bail being allowed in the same amount as previously. A Rogue anb Vagabond. — Robert Simpson, was charged with being a rogue and vagabond. Detective Chrystall said the accused was a thoroughly bad lot, and was a great anuoyanee to the residents of Probbleton. Evidence was taken that the accused had paid a visit to Mr Goodwin's farm hi the absence of the men and had alairned Mrs Goodwin. He refused to leave the promises, and was at length unexpectedly secured and detained till the arrival of Constable Shepherd. The accused was sentenced to three months' hard labour. Passing Valueless Cheques. — A youaig man, who gave his name as tha Hon Percy Whittall on three charges of passing valueless cheques. The accused' was also dharged with having obtained 10s in money from John Mullins by means of a valueless cheque. The accused asked that the charges should be hear*l together. The application was refused. John Mullins, the prosecutor, said he was employed by . the Austral Cycle agency. The accused came to the shop on March 23 and purchased a bicycle, in payment for which he tendered a cheque for £25 10s. The price of the bicycle was .£25, and witness gave the accused 10s change. He did not give accused delivery of the bicycle at the time of purchase, and on presenting the cheque at the Bank of New Zealand next day ifc was dishonoured. The accused told him when making the purchase that he was the Hon Percy Whittall, and was staying at Coker's Hotel. Frederick August Tourettes, a clerk in the Bank of Jfew Zealand, and Constable Cassells, gave evidence; The accused had remarked to the latter witness, when ho charged him with the three offences : — " Is that all ? I thought there were more." The accused, in defence, said that he was a remittance man, and every month sums of money were placed at his credit at the Wellington branch of the Bank of New Zealand. He had drawn three instalments already, as would be shown by two letters of his which the police had in their possession. His last remittance was due on Mar^h 23, and he had arranged that he could draw it from th 9 Christchurch branch. He was under the when he gave the cheque' that it would certainly l»a met. The remittance had not arrived t as he had expected. He had been coinvicted in "Wellington for uttering a valueless cheque. The accused elected to* be dealt with summarily, and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. He was further charged with having, on March 24, at Christchurch, obtained from George Small, a riding whip, value los Gd, and four shillings in silver, by means of a valueless cheque. George Small said that on March 24, tbe accused came to his shop, and said he was going to give htm a good order ; he was the Hou Percy "Whittall, and was staying at Coker's Hotel. He purchased goods to the value of .£l6 16s, and gave a cheque tor .£l7 in payment. Witness gave him 43 change, but with the exception of the riding-whip, the accused did not take delivery then of his purchase. The cheque was presented at the Bank of New Zealand and dishonoured. The accused said his defence on this charge was exactly the same as in the previous one. He wa3 sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour, the two sentences to be cumulative. The accused was further charged with having on March 24 obtained one Frontenac bicycle from Frank Cowper, value .£24 lls, and 9s in silver by means of a valueless cheque. The evideEce was that the accused called at Cowper's shop on March 24, where ho purchased a bicycle, paying for it by filling up a blank cheque on the Bank of New Zealand, provided by the shopkeeper,' for £25. He was given 93 change, and took delivery of the bicycle. Almost immediately after he left the shop Cowper received information as to his customer's character, and forthwith started off in pursuit. On inquiry at Coker's Hotel, he learned that the accused had left the day previously: Cowper then went to the' railway station, where he discovered the accused just about to leave for Lyttelton with the bicycle. He explained that he was going to meet his wife, and would be back by a late train. Cowper took possession of the bicycle till next morning, when, on presenting the chequo at the bank, he discovered that the accused had no account there. The accused was committed for trial.

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MAGISTERIAL. Star, Issue 6447, 29 March 1899

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