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1868, William Badcock - Unfit For Publication
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The Newcastle Chronicle, Tue 20 Oct 1868 1

DISTRICT NEWS.
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FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.
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WEST MAITLAND.
From the Mercury.

    CHARGE OF UNNATURAL OFFENCE.—At the East Maitland police court, yesterday, William Badcock, a lad of fourteen, was charged with having, on Saturday last, at Largs, committed an unnatural offence with a mare.

Mr Mullen appeared for the defendant the evidence as, that on the day named, the boy had been seen on a fence, leaning over the hind-quarters of a mare, whose head was unfastened. He continued in this position with respect to the mare for eighteen or nineteen minutes; his trousers were down about his feet at the time. The witnesses were about 253 yards distant from him. For the defence, it was sworn that the boy had taken his trousers down to perform an office of nature; that one witness for the prosecution had been suffering from delirium tremens, and that the other was short sighted, and unable to distinguish any object at a distance of 250 yards; also, that the mare would not stand quiet for so long a time as that named unless her head was tied. The Bench committed the prisoner to the Circuit Court; bail allowed, two sureties in £40 each.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 20 Oct 1868 2

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.

    This Court was opened at East Maitland yesterday morning, before his Honor Mr Justice Faucett. The barristers present were Messrs GC Davis, Windeyer, Ellis, Rogers, and Healy. Mr Davis, instructed by Mr Lett, for the Crown Solicitor, was in attendance as Deputy-Sheriff.

    The usual proclamation against vice and immorality was read by the Judge's Associate.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William Badcock, a youth of apparently about fifteen years of age, was indicted for the commission of an unnatural offence, [on a mare], at Largs, on the 10th October instant.

    The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was defended by Mr Rogers, instructed by Mr Mullen.

    The witnesses were Maria Malthouse, Frederick Malthouse, Dr Bullmore, George Badcock, and John Nancarrow.

    The particulars of the case are of course unfit for publication. The prosecution depended entirely upon the evidence of the first two witnesses, who deposed to having seen the prisoner committing the offence alleged, at a distance from them of about two hundred and fifty yards. The defence was in substance a denial of the offence, and that it could not have been seen by the witnesses for the prosecution at the distance spoken of.

    Mr Rogers addressed the jury for the defence, and the prosecuting counsel replied. His Honor then summed up the evidence, and pointed out the law of the case to the jury.

    The jury, after about ten minutes' consultation, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was accordingly discharged.

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The Newcastle Chronicle, Thu 22 Oct 1868 3

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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From Tuesday’s Mercury.

    This court was opened at East Maitland, yesterday morning, before his Honor Mr Justice Faucett. The barristers present were Messrs GC Davis, Windeyer, Ellis, Rogers, and Healy. Mr Davis, instructed by Mr Lett, for the Crown Solicitor, prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. Mr JBR Robertson was in attendance as Deputy- Sheriff.—The usual proclamation against vice and immorality was read by the Judge’s Associate.

    UNNATURAL OFFENCE.—William Badcock, a youth of apparently fifteen years of age, was indicted for the commission of an unnatural offence, at Largs, on the 10th October instant.—The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was defended by Mr Rogers, instructed by Mr Mullen.—The witnesses were Maria Malthouse, Frederick Malthouse, Dr Bullmore, George Badcock, and John Nancarrow.—The particulars of this case are of course unfit for publication. The prosecution depended entirely upon the evidence of the first two witnesses, who deposed to having seen the prisoner committing the offence alleged, at a distance from them of about two hundred and fifty yards. The defence was in substance a denial of the offence, and that it could not have been seen by the witnesses for the prosecution at the distance spoken of.—Mr Rogers addressed the jury for the defence, and the prosecuting counsel replied. His Honor then summed up the evidence, and pointed out the law of the case to the jury—The jury, after about ten minutes’ consultation, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was accordingly discharged.

 


1  The Newcastle Chronicle, Tue 20 Oct 1868, p. 3.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 20 Oct 1868, p. 3. Emphasis added.

3  The Newcastle Chronicle, Thu 22 Oct 1868, p. 4.