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The Australian Star, Tue 25 Feb 1890 1

MURRURUNDI SESSIONS.

    MURRURUNDI, Tuesday.—At the Quarter Sessions, before his Honor Mr Justice Bennett, and Mr Armstrong, Crown Prosecutor.

    Sarah O’Donnell, charged with attempting to poison two Chinaman, was acquitted. She was ably defended by Mr Wilfred Blacket (instructed by Mr Geo Eld and Attorney Morris).

    Shein, charged with stealing a receipt, the property of Solomon Cohen, was found guilty and recommended to mercy. He was sentenced to one week’s imprisonment.

    Jimmy Roberts, an aboriginal, charged with beastiality, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months’ hard labor.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 25 Feb 1890 2

MURRURUNDI QUARTER SESSIONS.
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(By Telegraph.)
(From Our Correspondent.)
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Murrurundi, Monday.

    The Murrurundi Quarter Sessions were held to-day before District Court Judge Bennet. Mr J Armstrong was Crown Prosecutor.

    Sarah Eveline Donald was charged with attempting to poison three Chinamen named Ah Det, with whom she had been living, and two other Chinamen, Ah Gong and Ah Chong, on the 16th December last, by putting iodine in a pot of lobster and a vegetable marrow when being cooked by Ah Det. The evidence was lengthy. The jury, after considering the case for an hour, returned a verdict of not guilty. The accused was defended by Mr W Blackett, instructed by Mr Eld.

    Maurice Shien [sic] was charged with larceny in stealing a receipt from Solomon Cohen, drawn by Cohen in liquidation of all claims against Shien, and for which he was to give Cohen a promissory-note payable in 10 days. The accused, it was alleged, snatched the receipt from Cohen, and refused to give him the promissory-note. Mr Blackett defended, instructed by Mr Howe, Singleton. The accused was found guilty, and sentence was deferred.

    Jimmy Roberts, an aboriginal, was charged with attempting to commit an offence at Mooki. He pleaded guilty, and sentence was deferred.

    This concluded the criminal business.

    There are three cases to be heard at the Civil Sittings on Tuesday.

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Evening News, Wed 26 Feb 1890 3

MURRURUNDI QUARTER SESSIONS.
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    MURRURUNDI, Tuesday.—At the Court of Quarter Sessions, before his Honor, Acting-Judge Bennett, Mr Armstrong being Crown prosecutor, Sarah O’Donnell, charged with attempting to poison two Chinamen was acquitted;

    Morris Shein, charged with stealing a receipt, the property of Solomon Cohen, was recommended to mercy by the jury and sentenced to one week’s imprisonment;

    Jimmy Roberts, an aboriginal, charged with bestiality, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

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The Scone Advocate, Sat 1 Mar 1890 4

LOCAL NEWS.
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MURRURUNDI QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Jimmy Roberts (an aboriginal), on a charge of bestiality, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced three [sic] months’ imprisonment.

    Mr NF Asser, of Scone, applied to be struck off the jury list as he had passed the allotted age. His Honor said he had no power to make the order; but if the applicant communicated with the proper authorities he had no doubt his application would be granted. Mr Asser also stated that Mr RJC Ferguson, who had been summoned on the jury panel, was suffering from ophthalmia, and could not attend. The excuse was accepted.

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Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 8 Mar 1890 5

MURRURUNDI.

March 1.

    QUARTER SESSIONS.—On Monday last, before his Honor Acting-Judge Bennett, Mr Armstrong acting as Crown prosecutor, Sarah Eveline O’Donnell charged with having attempted to poison one Jimmy Ah Det, was acquitted. Morris Shein, charged with stealing a document, the property of Solomon Cohen, was found guilty; sentenced to a week’s imprisonment. Jimmy Roberts (aboriginal) pleaded guilty to a criminal offence, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in Maitland Gaol.

    “A FLARE UP.”—At the police court on February 28 a man named Thomas Young was fined, in all, the sum of £14, or two months’ imprisonment, and also to find sureties to keep the peace for twelve months, for being drunk and disorderly and doing wilful damage by breaking the windows belonging to Mr William Done, and threatening to take the life of Dr Bell with an axe. These case caused a deal of excitement in the town.

    MUSIC AND LITERATURE.—The committee of the newly-formed Literary and Musical Society held a meeting during the week at the local School of Arts, for the purpose of cutting out a programme for a concert, to take place shortly, in aid of Widow Kiley, who has been left in a state of destitution. It was decided to perform a local tragedy, entitled “Hercules decimating the Stymphalides,” i.e., the Mnrrurundians.

    LAW.—Mr PA Kennedy has commenced the practice of his profession as an attorney, solicitor, and proctor here. We have now two solicitors in the town.

    CHURCH.—The Rev W Brown, of Muswellbrook, conducted services in the Wesleyan Church on Sunday last.

    LEFT.—Constable Overton took his departure from Murrurundi for Boggabri on Saturday last. He proved himself an energetic officer while here, and also made many friends.

 


1     The Australian Star, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 25 Feb 1890, p. 6. Emphasis added.

2     The Sydney Morning Herald, (NSW), Tue 25 Feb 1890, p. 7. Emphasis added.

3     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 26 Feb 1890, p. 6. Emphasis added.

4     The Scone Advocate, (NSW), Sat 1 Mar 1890, p. 2.

5     Australian Town and Country Journal, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 8 Mar 1890, p. 14. Emphasis added.