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R. v. Ab Doolah, 1874

[stealing, by "Arab"]

R. v. Ab Doolah

Police Court, Palmerston
Price SM, 4 August 1874
Source: Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 8 August 1874, p 3


(Before Mr. E. W. Price, S.M.)
Ab Doolah, an Arab, was charged with stealing a £5 note, the property of Tjoey Kohilon, a Malay, at Palmerston, on the 4th August, 1874. Informant said that on the 26th June last he gave prisoner a £5 note to give to witness's brother on the reefs. Prisoner promised to give it to him, and said that the brother wanted money, and told him to ask for it.
Nero, informant's brother, said he never received the note which was sent to him. Saw prisoner at the reefs, but received nothing from him. Never told him to get money, but asked him to take a letter to Port Darwin, telling his brother to send some boots up to the reefs. Prisoner said he sent the £5 by a white man, who promised to give it to informant's brother. The man was now at Southport; and Emanoel, the publican, saw him give the money to the man at Collet's Creek.
The prisoner was further charged with having stolen two pairs of boots, the property of Nero, under circumstances to those already stated; he having been entrusted with the boots to take them up the country, where he failed to deliver them.
Dederick Pelr, a Malay, swore to having purchased the boots, and sent them with a letter by prisoner to Nero. The latter on being called said that he never received the boots. Had paid Mr. Gore £1 16s. for them. Prisoner said he got work at Collett's Creek, and therefore gave the boots to a man to take to Nero at Pine Creek.
The Court found the prisoner guilty of stealing the £5 note and boots, and sentenced him to six months' imprisonment with hard labor for the first offence, and two months' imprisonment with hard labor for the second offence; the terms to be concurrent.
The prisoner still protested that Emanoel saw him give the things to another man who was going up to Pine Creek.

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