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« YOUNG MAN'S FALL
lln. the Fremantle Police CouTt this morning, before Messrs. F. Nicholas txnd^ J.. M*Laren, J.'siP./ a yoang .man named Augustus Jobn.WiMiam Long man (22) described as a stockman, was charged on remand with having be tween (November 19 and 21 stolen a CoM's ? six-chambered revolver, valued
it £5, the property of Charles Gordon 2arey. He. was further charged with receiving. ; Accused pleaded not guilty. The complainant said he was' a derls n the employ of the Mew Zealand1 In- . surance Co. On November. 11 he met the accused on Victoria Quay, and he ijext saw ILongman on the 19th of the same month.- ? .Witness on the latter Sate invited the accused to Brighton House, 'Market-street, where lie was staying. Witness went into his bed room to -write some letters, and the accused followed, and on seeing a re volver in the room Longman made an offer of £4 for the purchase of the revolver and witness agreed to take the money. ?? Accused said he had not the money at the time as all .his cash was at the National Hotel, but he pro-' mlsed to buy the revolver the next.' morning. Witness then placed the re volver in the writing case,- but sub sequently he missed- the article, and reported the matter to the' police. Accused: When 1 left your place that ' evening didn't you see me with the revolver in my hand as I walked out?, '..-?' ; Witness: I did not
Julius Robin, a pawnbroker, stated that on November 20 the accused called at. his shop and pawned the revolver ^produced), and a watch and chain for, £1. '-Witness questioned! accused con cerning the ownership of the articles, and the . latter said they belonged, to him. The next day accused redeemed the pledges, and remarked that, as he had no,/ further use for the revolver, he would sell it for £1, and for the watch and chain he would take 4s. 6d. Wit ness save accused -24s. 6d. Siib'se
juently' the detectives ; discovered;, the revolver at witness's shop, and said it '. bad been ^tolen.. ' ? ? ; ' ' . Detective M'Connell ; 'gave evidence if arrest. V ? '?;''' -'y'-:. ?''?'? ???'. . : [ ' The accused^ in . a' statement from the dock, said' that he went to the complainant's: room: on the day men tioned', and there was some talk be tween them about a revolver. He of fered to buy the revolver for £4, but only said. that as a joke. They walked outside just after, and he carried the revolver with him, saying that , he would give .Carey £1 for it. They then parted', and .he did not see the com plainant, again .until this moraine. ,'
The Bench found the accused guilty of stealing, 'and on learning from De tective Lynch that he ? had not- pre-, vioWly.bpen before the ourt. Mr. Xic holks'said it had been decided to give him the benefit of the First Offenders' Act, 'and 'ho would be. discharged on, finains two 'sureties of.£2-) each to be' of good behavior for .12 months. Fail ing to obtain JJie required sureties, :ac cused. -would have to' go to gaol for three months. . On a second count, of having, at Pin-, jarrah, on Noycmber' 7, stolen a gen tleman's buclcriding saddle, the pro ?perty of Donald Patterson,' the'accused was remanded to iPinjarrah. ?