Lee Pak Wah, a Chinese aged 19, will have to take his departure for China, where there is much conflict at present, within one month, or suffer the consequences. He was charged with remaining in New Zealand longer than entitled to by a temporary permit, which expired on August 20 last. Mr, Goodall appeared for Lee Pak Wah who entered a plea of guilty.
The Collector of Customs at Auckland, Mr. Penn, who prosecuted, stated that Wah's permit was extended to August 20 of last year. He should have left New Zealand by then, but had not done so, while he also had failed to report himself. He was liable to imprisonment for twelve months, or a fine of £100.
Counsel said that accused stayed with his two brothers, who formerly kept a fruit shop in Symonds Street. They used his money in their business, and also the money which had been sent to accused from Sydney to pay his fare back to China. They were now somewhere in the King Country. Lee Pak Wall had lost all his money. A friend of his was going to Sydney to-day by the Marama, and hoped to get enough money to send the accused his fare back to the Flowery Land. In the meantime accused was being assisted by some Chinese Masonic friends. Two sureties could be found at £50 each to guarantee that accused would leave for -China within a month. Mr. Goodall suggested that a small fine should be inflicted.
This was acceptable to the Collector of Customs, and Mr. Hunt imposed a fine of £5 and costs 7/, ordering accused to find two sureties of £50 each that he would leave the Dominion within a month. Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 17, 21 January 1927, Page 3