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1863, James Daniels - Unfit For Publication
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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 10 Mar 1863 1

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
SATURDAY, 7th MARCH, 1863.
(Before his Honor the Chief Justice and a jury of twelve.)

UNNATURAL OFFENCE

    James Daniels was placed at the bar for trial, charged with the commission of an unnatural offence, [bestiality with a mare]. He was defended by Mr Faucett, attorney Mr Thompson (for Mr Mullen).

    The evidence in this as in all cases of a similar nature is unfit for publication in our columns. The witnesses for the Crown were Matthew Wright and John Gordon, who saw the offence committed on Sunday, the 15th February, 1863, between one and two o’clock pm at Kommerghame, on the Stroud road, about six and a half miles from Raymond Terrace. Sergeant Buckly proved the arrest.

    Mr Robert Napier was called as to character. The prisoner had been in witness’ employ on the steam dredge for ten months, and was a steady well-conducted man.

    Mr Faucett shortly addressed the jury for the defence.

    His Honor summed up. The jury without retiring returned a verdict of guilty of attempting to commit the offence.

    The prisoner said he had been in the navy, and was paid off in Plymouth in 1859. He afterwards joined the merchant ship William Acres, and came from Melbourne to Newcastle in her ten months ago, since which time he had been on the steam dredge. He was innocent of the charges.

    He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with hard labor in Maitland gaol.

    The court then adjourned until half past nine o’clock on Monday.

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The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News, Sat 14 Mar 1863 2 

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7.

...
    UNNATURAL CRIME.—James Daniels was indicted for having, at a place near Raymond Terrace, on the 15th February last, committed an unnatural offence, not to be named among Christians. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Faucett, attorney, Mr Mullen. The jury, without retiring, found the prisoner guilty of an attempt to commit the offence. His Honor sentenced him to three years hard labour in Maitland gaol. The court then adjourned till Monday morning.

 


1  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 10 Mar 1863, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News, Sat 14 Mar 1863, p. 3.