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West Maitland Police Court.
Thursday, February 19, 1885.
(Before Messrs. J. N. Brooks, F. Green, A. Vlndln, and Jno,
SupposRD Lunacy-Henry West was brought up in circumstances denoting derangement of mind. Constable Kennedy gave evidence as to tbe arrest of tbe defendant, who was remanded till Tuesday, at East Maitland, for medical observation and treat*
Fai.sk Pbbtbncb s.-William Parenell, otherwise known as Swift and Littlewood, was brought up on remand, charged with having, at West Maitland, on the 10th January last, obtained of William Thomas Moore, by means of a certain false pretence, one gold watch, one gold chain, and one gold locket, and monej s of the value of £2 2s It appeared from the evidence that on the evening of Saturday, the 10th January, the accused entered the shop of the prosecutor, situate in High street, West Maitland, and asked to see some watcbes Some were shown him, and after examination he purchased a gold hunting Waltham, also gold albert and pendant, amounting in all to £22 ]8s. In payment he tendered n cheque for £25. The cheque was drawn on the Australian Joint Stock Bank, Sydney, dated 7th January, 1835, made papable to " Bearer or bearers," and signed William Parenell. If contained an en- dorsement on the back " William Parenell, Saltanah." Believing the cheque to be a good and valid one, the prosecutor cashed it, giving the accused £2 2s change, and parting with his goods The cheque was subse- quently forwarded to Sydney, and returned marked " no account." Information was given to tbe police, and a warrant issued for the arrest of the accused, who was apprehended in the Walgett district Alfred Windeyer, ledger-keeper at the head office, Australian Joint Stock Bank, Sydney, proved that the accused had no account at the bank, and that the cheque was returned marked " no account " Accused, who bad nothing to say in defence, whs committid to take his trial at the Maitland Quarter Sessions, on Monday, March 16th next -Parenell was further charged with having on the same dny obtained of John JoBepb Riley goods and money of the value of £4 by means of valueless cheque On the 10th January accused purchased of Albert Holmes a draper in the employ of the prosecutor, articles of clothing to the amount of £1 10s Gd, and handed him a eheque for £4, drawn on the Australian Joint Stock Bank Sydney. A Maitland form was UBed, but tbe word " Maitland" was erased, and "Sydney," substituted. In a ewer to questions the accused said that it was his cheque, that his signature was attached to it, and that he was a squatter from the Mudgee district The cheque was shown to Mr Riley, who asked the accused what the words " Poy bearer, Sydney," meant, and the latter replied that it meant to pay cnjone m Sydney who pre- sented it at the bank. The document was cashed, and the balance, £2 Os 6d, after deducting the sum due for the goods supplied, handed to the accused, and by his instructions the parcel waa sent to Cohen's Hotel Mr Windeyer proved the cheque to be valueless, and accused was comm tted to take his trial at the Mnitland Quarter Sessions -The accused was further committed on a charge of having obtained a suit of clotbes of William John Tierney, by means of faise pretence« On Thursday, the 8th of January, he ordered a suit of clotbes of the prose- cutor, saying that he was leaving town on Sunday morning lhe order was executed, and the clotbes sent to Cohen's Hotel by a lad named Henry Bobart, in the prosecutor's employ. The goods amounted to £4 17s 6d, and accused gave the lad n cheque for £4 and a il-noto in payment. Before the lad'a return the accused called upon the prosecutor and stated that he had paid the boy, who was indebted to him in the sum of 2s Gd Prosecutor handed accused that amount No conversation ensued about the cheque, wbich was afterwards sent to Sydney, and returned marked "No account,"
Bbeachks op thb Municipal By-Laa\s. Thomas Bellamy, senr, was fined 5s, with 2s Cd court costs, for driving a horse attached to a vehicle on the footwoy in Devonshire-street -Griffiths was fined in a similar amount for driving a buggy without lights after sunset.
Affiliation -Mary O'connell v. Joseph Connors. In this case there was no appearance of parties, and the information was dismissed, Mr. Kennedy for complainant, and Mr. Young foi defendant.
(BeforeMr P Green JP)
Tbansfeb of a Licbnsk -The license of the Cessnock Inn was transferred from John A, Janis to William Clancey.