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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT, LAWRENCE.

(Before Major Croker, R.M. ) Tuesday, 23rd June. Edward. Hamply, charged by Constable Tichnor with being of unsound mind and dangerous to himself and others, was examined* by Drs. Halley and Stewart. Sent to Dtmedin. Andrew Jasper and John Henry, men of color, were charged by Constable Dunn, of Waipori, . with feloniously stealing three sheep, the property of Mx. Cuming, Waitahuna Heights. Constable Dunn, being sworn, deposed — In consequence of information I received, I proceeded to the prisoners' hut, about sixteen miles from Waipori. They are miners. They had one hut and one tent. About fifty perches from the hut I found two sheep skins, now produced, in a water hole. Stones were placed in the skins and tied round with flax for the purpose of sinking them. I also found the skins of two hoads, also loaded. The Hole ' was a large one, something like a paddock, twelve feet loiisf, six feet wide, and eight feet deep. The hole was full of water, and covered with ice. The skins were at the bottom. This was all I found on that day. I examined the ears, and found the off ear marked with a slit. I could see no other marks on the skin. The two prisoners wore ] resent. I asked Jasper if he, knew anything about them ; he said he knew nothing about them, j then arrested them on a charge of sheep stealing. After Jasper was arrested and handcuffed, he said that Gilbert should be handcuffed also. I returned to Waipori, and took alongwith me the two prisoners. On the 20th I proceeded back to the same place, and bailed out the water in the hole alluded to, and found this skin (produced), right ear marked with a slit, al=o sunk with stones. I then went back to •my station, and took the skin with me. They have been in my possession all ihe time. (Witness, at this stage of the pro ceedings, was allowed to refer to his notes to refresh his memory). The skin which I found on the 20th, I prodiiced in the presence .of the prisoners. I told them I got it in. the same water hole. Jasper then stated that he wished to tell the whole truth His statement was a voluntary one. He said when he was working at Waihola with one Graham, Gilbert wished him. to join as mates, and go prospecting. Jasper agreed, and joined Gilbert some five months ago. Since then, they were killing sheep constantly ; never bought any meat all the time. Jasper wanted Gilbert to leave off killing sheep, but he would not do so. Gilbert said he was not going to starve as Ions? as there was' sheep running about. The skins found •by Mr. Dunn in the water hole were put there by Gilbert and myself. The other skin found by Mr. Dunn, not those produced, but another one (the one found on the 20th) Jasper did not steal, but skinned it. John Henry also made a statement as follows — He also wanted to tell the whole truth. The way I got implicated about the sheep was when I first came- there to work. We were working on the Heights. I was with Gilbert •some time before I knew anything about his killing sheep. We lived in the samehut. We went out one day, when Gilbert brought home a sheep, whilst I brought home some wood. On one occasion, Gilbert proposed that we should kill a bullock. , I, would not consent at all. The next sheep brought to. the hut was on the night when three others were brought home. I never had anything to do with stealing sheep before. Gilbert was the cause, of all Constable Comyn corroborated the previous witness' evidence. The prisoners having declined to ask any questions, they were remanded for seven days, to enable the police to establish the ownership of the sheep. The two last prisoners were further charged, along with John M'lvor, John Hannah,, and James Lennan, with having on or about the Ist day of June, feloniously stolen one sheep^ the property of Oabtej of; Waipori 1 , valued at 16» t

Constable Dunn deposed — On 19th instant I proceeded to the Waitahuna Heights, about sixteen miles from Waitahuna. After I had made a search, I arrested the two first-named prisoners, and when returning to my station, I went [ to a water hole, accompanied by one Gil- ! Bert Mahon and the whole of the prisoners now in Court, Mahon pointed out the hole. He told me there was a sheep1 skin hid in it. (Skin produced). I found it in the water hole, rolled up, and inaide was the entrails and a young lamb. The skin was made into a bag by having the legs tied. The skin was branded 51, tar brand. The head Avas wanting. The whole live were present when I found it, and I charged them with sheep stealing. I arrested the three last prisoners, M'lvor, Hannah, and Lennan, when I marched the whole five to Waipori Jail. When on the way, Lennon said that • " Gilbert, the wretch, was as bad, if not worse than any of us, and I got into this very simply. I intended clearing out as soon as I could get a little gold. I advised them to knock it off, as we would get into trouble some day." On the morning of the 21st, same prisoner resumed his statement. Th« lock-up keeper took notes of same by my orders, which I signed at the time. He said — I never stole sheep in my life. I only went with Jasper and the other prisoners when they went to look out for sheep to kill. I neither caught nor killed any, though I helped to carry one to' the hut. The prisoner Henry, Hannah, and myself went out one morning looking for sheep to kill, and we could find none. We went out again in the evening ; the whole party was aware of it. He further said, I hope, Mr. Dunn, that you will look light over me, as it is the first time I stole anything from any one. Hannah also made a statement. He said — The way I got first implicated about the sheep was when I first came to these workings. I. went to Lower Waipori, and bought 10s. worth of mutton. On my return, I gave half to Gilbert. When that mutton was finished, I- went to a shepherd to buy some more. He refused to sell me any. When I came home and told Gilbert I could get none, he said he knew where he could get some. Jasper, Gilbert, and myself they went on the ranges, and got a sheep. That is all that ever I had a hand in. M'lvor also pled guilty. The prisoners were remanded for seven days. Friday, 26th June. A man named George Smith was found guilty of stealing one pair of boots, the property of S. Cameron. Sentenced to twenty-one days' imprisonment in Tuapeka Gaol, with hard labor.

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT, LAWRENCE., Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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RESIDENT MAGISTRATE'S COURT, LAWRENCE. Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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