MOTUEKA Magistrate's Court - 1916
from the MOTUEKA MAGISTRATE'S COURT 30 March 1916
before Mr J. S. Evans, S.M.
POLICE v HAROLD TREWAVAS
1/ driving a vehicle without lights, contrary to the by-laws
2/ furious driving
Constable PIDGEON stated that defendant endeavoured to avoid detection by driving off at an excessive speed after being challenged for driving without lights, hence the second charge.
His Worship imposed a fine of 40s, with 7s costs, in the first case, and 20s, with 7s costs, on the second chard.
Frank HAWKEN, Roy NEIMAN, George THORN, Martha CLIMO and Florence CRISP were each fined 40s, and costs 7s, for riding bicycles without lights
William Edward RENNISON, for riding a motor cycle without a light was fined 40s, with 7s costs; and Donald SIMPSON was fined a like sum for driving a vehicle without lights
Ernest BARROW, for being drunk whilst in charge of a trap, pleaded guilty, and was fined 40s, with 7s costs, the police stating that the practice was not uncommon in the district, and that the case was brought as a warning.
George GROOBY, for driving a vehicle without proper lights, was convicted and fined £3 (March 2013 equivalent of $400), with 7s costs, the defendant having failed to stop after being ordered to do so by the police.
Peter HAGEN was fined 40s, with 7s costs, for driving a vehicle without lights, and a similar amount with costs for furious driving.
The police state that defendant failed to stop when requested to do so, and drove off at an excessive speed in an endeavour to avoid detection. He and his comrades, who came from the Waimea, had to be tracked down.
Clifford James HOULT and Thornton Alfred RUSS, for assisting in the commission of the offence of furious driving in the foregoing case, were each fined 40s, with 7s costs, the Magistrate remarking that there were plenty of opportunities at the present time for a little excitement, especially for young fellows, without breaking the law in this manner.
Alfred Frederick SILCOCK was charged by the police with cruelly treating a brown mare at Ngatimoti on March 6th. A pleas of guilty was entered.
Constable Pidgeon said the offence was committed at the sale yards at Ngatimoti, where defendant thrashed the horse unmercifully.
Defendant said the mare was pulling back, as she was in the habit of doing, and he had taken a whip "to straighten her up a bit."
The Magistrate, in inflicting a fine of £3, with 7s costs, said there was no justification for thrashing the animal in that manner.