Empire, Sat 25 Mar 1871 1
(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS.)
Friday, 4.29 pm.
A youth named George Bingley, who was charged to-day with having committed an unnatural offence upon a mare, has been found guilty, and committed to take his trial at the Goulburn assizes.
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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 28 Mar 1871 2
(From the Sydney Papers.)
(Herald.)—The coach from Murrurundi was upset in the Hunter, at Aberdeen, and the passengers nearly drowned. One mail-bag was lost, and some luggage. The river is going down fast.— —Mr Richard Simpson, a large mining-machine proprietor at Denison, was killed to-day near Aberdeen. His horse carried him against a tree.— — The missing mail-bag has been recovered.
(Herald.)—The Quarter Sessions were opened to-day by the Police Magistrate. The jurymen from Ulmarra, Southgate, and other places were in attendance, but as no District Court Judge reached here, they were bound over to attend at ten o’clock to-morrow morning, and then to await the arrival of the Judge. It is not thought likely that business will commence before Monday. Jurymen living at a distance suffer much inconvenience from being compelled to remain in town, the state of the roads preventing their return home.— —There is a heavy sea on the bar. The Ballina may cross outwards by to-night’s tide.
(Empire.)—A youth named George Bingley, who was charged to-day with having committed an unnatural offence has been found guilty, and committed to take his trial at the Goulburn assizes.
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Queanbeyan Age, Thu 30 Mar1871 3
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS.
AN UNNAMEABLE CRIME.– REVOLTING IMMORALITY.—Last week the police arrested a youth living within a few miles of Queanbeyan on information that he had been caught in the perpetration of a crime, [bestiality with a mare ], which the phraseology of the courts alludes to as “detestable and not to be named by Christians.” The chief witness against the accused, who was examined within closed doors before the bench last Friday, was a married man, who stated he was looking for his horses in the bush on a certain day when he discovered the accused in the actual commission of the offence, which was described with a minuteness hideous in the extreme. The effect of the scene upon the witness’s moral sensibility was such that he accounted for his inability to surprise the accused, on the ground that “he felt so weak—was stunned” at what he saw; and so far was he from malice to the accused, that, until he saw the perpetration of the offence, “he loved him as a brother.” The bench had no alternative, the evidence being so complete as to the consummation of the horrible crime, but to commit the accused for trial at the Goulburn circuit court for the capital offence, and bail was received and the witnesses bound over accordingly. On Tuesday, however, the bench here received official notice that the attorney-general has refused to file a bill against the accused who will not therefore be put upon his trial. We deeply regret that a duty we owe to society compels us to add that the above painful case (we have indisputable authority for the assertion) forms but one of many of the identical description, but which those who detected these offenders against the laws of God, nature, and society, were either unable or unwilling to bring under the notice of the law. To show the depth of human depravity to which youths who degrade themselves so may sink, one young man detected in this district of the nameless crime soon afterwards ended his days on the gallows. It is patent to many that the crime brought under the notice of the magistrates last Friday is fearfully prevalent, where youths in the bush have special facilities for its perpetration. Possibly of those guilty of the beastly practice have heretofore been ignorant that in so doing they have been rendering themselves liable to an ignominious death on the scaffold or a hopeless imprisonment. We commend the careful perusal of these remarks to every youth in the interior of the colony.
1 Empire, Sat 25 Mar 1871, p. 2.
2 The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 28 Mar 1871, p. 3. Emphasis added.
3 Queanbeyan Age, Thu 30 Mar 1871, p. 2.