Centenary 2022

Anonymous in the Dock

The Justices of the Peace on the Bench were flummoxed when the woman in the dock would not give her name. “She will not tell us who she is, either,” said the prosecuting policeman, “initially giving a false name. The charges of theft relate to stealing items from shops in Karangahape Road”. The Justices gave her several opportunities to give her name, but she would not, so they took the only course available… to further remand her in custody. By the time of her next court appearance, her identity had come to light. She explained her husband had been ill and if he knew about her offending it would give him further concerns. Fined  £5.   

Researched and compiled by Ric Carlyon