WATER ILLEGALLY DIVERTED.
SHEPPARTON, Tuesday - Carl Hauff and Otto Hauff, two young blockholders on the Closer Settlement at Shepparton, were proceeded against by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission at the Police Court to-day, on charges of having illegally diverted water from the commission's channel on March 6. William Frederick Nevill, the district engineer, stated that the lock had been taken off the wheel, and the check bar interfered with. Carl Hauff pleaded guilty, and was fined £5. with £1/3/6 costs by Mr. R. Knight,
P.M. The case against Otto Hauff was dismissed. A similar charge was preferred against Frederick William Bedwell who in conjunction with his father (a farmer at Numurkah) owns a property on the Benalla road, near Shepparton.
Defendant was stated to have splintered a portion of the top of the door, which was then raised, a stone being placed under it to keep it up, thus allowing the water from the channel to flow freely on to his property. Mr Nevill admitted that defendant had received only about half the quantity of water he had paid for, but the overpaid amount would be refunded. Mr Knight remarked that Bedwell's case was worse than the one previously heard. He thought the maximum penalty, £5, was not heavy enough in a case like this. Defendant was then fined £5. with $1/3/6 costs. Mr. John Sutherland prosecuted on behalf of the Water Commission.