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The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle, Wed 21 Apr 1869 1

GOULBURN ASSIZES.

THIS court opened on Monday, at ten o’clock, before his Honor Mr Justice Cheeke. The Solicitor-General prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. The other legal gentlemen present were Mr Davis, barrister; Mr Jackson, from the crown-solicitor’s office; and Messrs Walsh, Gannon, Windeyer, and Freestone, attorneys.
    Mr George Cheeke acted as clerk of arraigns; and Mr [William] Conolly [JP] represented the sheriff.
    The proceedings were opened by reading the usual royal proclamation against vice and immorality.

ARRAIGNMENTS.

    The following prisoners were then arraigned:—

    John Atkinson for having, at Braidwood, on the 3rd March last, committed an offence against nature, [bestiality with a mare]. 
    Plea, not guilty.

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TUESDAY—APRIL 20.

    His Honor took his seat on the bench at nine o’clock.

BESTIALITY.

    John Atkinson was charged with having, on the 3rd March, 1869, and Braidwood, committed an unnatural offence.
    At the request of his Honor, Mr Davis consented to watch the case for the prisoner.
    The Solicitor-General briefly stated the case.
    The apprehending constable proved the arrest of the prisoner some miles from Braidwood; and Isaac Holder proved the commission of the offence charged against the prisoner, the details of which are unfit for publication.
    Mr Davis briefly addressed the jury for the defence.
    His Honor, in summing up, told the jury that there was only a suspicion that the prisoner committed the offence; but that they could find him guilty of the attempt.
    The jury then retired, and after an absence of twenty minutes, returned into court with a verdict of guilty of the attempt.
    His Honor then called Isaac Holder, and told him he had committed a gross contempt of court, for the evidence given in the court was entirely different to that in the depositions taken at the police-office at Braidwood. His Honor said that if he had ever borne a good character he had forfeited it.
    The prisoner was then sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Sydney Gaol.
    The court then adjourned until ten o’clock next morning.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 22 Apr 1869 2

LAW.
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GOULBURN ASSIZES.
(Abridged from the Goulburn Herald.)

THIS Court opened on Monday, at 10 o’clock, before his Honor Mr Justice Cheeke. The Solicitor-General prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

TUESDAY.—APRIL 20.

    His Honor took his seat on the Bench at 9 o’clock.

BESTIALITY.

    John Atkinson was charged with having, on the 3rd March, 1869, at Braidwood, committed an unnatural offence. The jury returned a verdict of guilty of the attempt. The prisoner was then sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Sydney gaol.
    The Court then adjourned until 10 o’clock next morning.

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Queanbeyan Age, Thu 29 Apr 1869 3

GOULBURN CIRCUIT COURT.
(Abridged from the Herald.)

This court opened on Monday, at ten o’clock, before his Honor Mr Justice Cheeke. The Solicitor-General prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. The other legal gentlemen present were Mr Davis, barrister; Mr Jackson, from the crown-solicitor’s office; and Messrs Walsh, Gannon, Windeyer, and Freestone, attorneys.

    Mr George Cheeke acted as clerk of arraigns; and Mr [William] Conolly represented the sheriff.
    The proceedings were opened by reading the usual royal proclamation against vice and immorality.
    The following prisoners were then arraigned and pleaded not guilty:—

     John Atkinson for having, at Braidwood, on the 3rd March last, committed an offence against nature.

TUESDAY—APRIL 20.

    His Honor took his seat on the bench at nine o’clock.

BESTIALTY.

    John Atkinson was charged with having, on the 3rd March, 1869, at Braidwood, committed an unnatural offence.
    Prisoner was found guilty of an attempt, and sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Sydney gaol.
    The court then adjourned until ten o’clock next morning.

 


1  The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle, Wed 21 Apr 1869, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 22 Apr 1869, p. 2.

3  Queanbeyan Age, Thu 29 Apr 1869, p. 1.