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1863, William Taylor - Unfit For Publication
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Empire, Wed 6 May 1863 1


BEFORE Mr R Ronald.

    William Taylor, brought up on warrant, charged with committing an unnatural offence, was remanded to Goulburn to be dealt with.

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The Goulburn Herald, Wed 13 May 1863 2


    UNNATURAL OFFENCE.—Yesterday William Taylor, charged with having some months since committed an unnatural offence in this town, was received into the lock-up, having been apprehended in Sydney on the 4th instant, by Detective Martin.

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The Goulburn Herald, Wed 23 Sep 1863 3


THE Goulburn assizes commenced on Monday before his Honor Sir Alfred Stephen, CJ. Mr Isaacs prosecuted for the Crown, Mr Jackson representing the crown-solicitor. Mr HH Voss officiated as deputy sheriff, and Mr Cecil Stephen as clerk of arraigns. The members of the bar present were Messrs Holroyd, Windeyer, Simpson, and Salamon. Attorneys: Mr Walsh, Mr Gannon, and Mr Prendergast.


    William Taylor was charged with the commission of an unnatural offence [bestiality with a bitch] at Goulburn, on the 11th September, 1862.

    The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty and was undefended, was asked by his Honor why he was unprovided with counsel. Prisoner replied that he had not the means—that he had a wife and large family in Sydney. Mr Salamon, at the request of his Honor, thereupon undertook to watch the case.

    The evidence, which is unfit for publication, having been gone through, the jury retired, and after a deliberation of about twenty-five minutes, returned with a verdict of not guilty off the felony, but guilty of an attempt to commit the same.

    The judge sentenced prisoner to two years’ hard labor in Goulburn gaol. In passing sentence, his Honor observed that as the legislature were now considering the amendment of the criminal law, he hoped some different punishment would be awarded for offences of this nature. Though no man was more opposed to flogging than himself, considering it to be degrading punishment, still he must say that for bestial offences, as also for cruelty to and beating wives, as well for cruelty to and beating animals, flogging might be an appropriate punishment, and tend to the repression of such crimes.


1  Empire, Wed 6 May 1863, p. 5.

2  The Goulburn Herald, Wed 13 May 1863, p. 2.

3  The Goulburn Herald, Wed 23 Sep 1863, p. 2.