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1872, John Lucas - Unfit For Publication



 

The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser, Thu 5 Dec 1872 1

Bega courthouse, opened 1881. Photo ID: SRNSW 4346_a020_ a0200 00333.jpg
Bega courthouse, opened 1881. Photo ID: SRNSW 4346_a020_ a0200 00333.jpg

BEGA POLICE COURT.
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DECEMBER 2.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    John Lucas, an old lushington of Bega, was brought up before R Ritchie, Esq, JP, charged with an abominable offence, committed on his travelling through Underhill’s paddock at the Corner, on November 4th.

    Prisoner had been arrested on 27th November at the Tantawanglo mountain. The witnesses called were George Underhill and Thomas Rixon who were gathering up horses in the paddock on that day. Prisoner made no statement at the hearing, and was committed to take his trial at the next Gaol Delivery at Sydney.

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The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Wed 11 Dec 1872 2

BEGA POLICE COURT.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2.

BEFORE R Ritchie, Esq, JP.

    John Lucas on remand, was brought up and charged with sodomy on the 4th November.

    Thomas Rixon and George Underhill are the principle witnesses.

    The case is absolutely revolting to human nature, and quite unfit for publication.

    Lucas is committed to stand his trial at the next gaol delivery of the Central Court Sydney.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 17 Feb 1873 3

    CRIMINAL SESSIONS.— The following prisoners are for trial at the Criminal Sessions, Darlinghurst, this day:—James Clancy, murder; James Henderson, fraudulently receiving portion of an insolvent’s estate; William Bennis, burglary; William Coxe and Thomas Hobbs, rape; John Lucas, bestiality; William McCrow, murder; James Moon and Anne Pontifex, assault and robbery; Richard Mitlin, rape; John Webb Hill, wounding with intent; John Thompson, alias Thunderbolt, shooting with intent to murder; Thomas Baxter, William Smith, and John Thompson, burglary; George Morris and Robert Young, burglary; John Mullins, indecent assault; Michael Ryan, assault with intent; Peter Laplane, manslaughter; John Thompson, shooting with intent to murder; William Terry and Henry Allen, assault and robbery; William Gay, assault on the high seas; William B Hennessy, embezzlement; Timothy Hanneg, obtaining money by false pretences; William Strachan, forgery and uttering (two charges); John Priestly, assault and robbery; John O’Neil, attempt to rob; Nicholas Punch, assault with intent; Thomas Dowling and George Smith, stealing from the person and receiving; John Knight, attempting to commit sodomy; Bridget Peisley, perjury; Ernest Henry Dowling, burglary; Michael Finn, alias Patrick Finn, burglary; Edward Witherington, Robert McDougal, Frank, John, and Thomas Newton, assault upon the high seas; John Williamson, obtaining a transfer by false pretences; John Daly, assault on the high seas; Thomas Scource, murder.

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Empire, Tue 18 Feb 1873 4

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
MONDAY.

    The Criminal Court opened at Darlinghurst yesterday morning, before his Honor Mr Justice Hargrave.
    The Solicitor-General prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

BESTIALITY.

    John Lucas  was indicted for having, on the 4th November, 1872, feloniously and against the order of nature, carnally known a mare  in a paddock at Bega. 

    Mr Want, instructed by Mr Curtis, at the request of his Honor consented to defend the prisoner, who seemed to completely overcome by the nature of his position that he hardly paid any attention what was going on around him.

    The Solicitor-General opened the case, explaining the law bearing upon the crime, and enlarged upon the magnitude of the offence, at the same time directing the jury to give the circumstances of the case their most careful consideration.

    The following evidence was then taken:—

    Constable Goff deposed that he arrested the prisoner at Bega upon a charge of bestiality with a chestnut mare. Prisoner, in reply, said that he was drunk and that a man might do things while drunk which he would not do when sober.

    Thomas Bickson stated that he is a labourer, residing at Bega and was in the employ of Mr Underhill. On the 6th November, he saw prisoner in Underhill’s paddock, with a mare backed up against a log, upon which he was standing, holding on to the pommel of the saddle. Witness was about ten yards off, but he stated that he could distinctly see that prisoner was having carnal intercourse with the mare. Witness went up to him and he lay down under a tree, but was made to get up by witness and another person who was with him. Prisoner told then to have pity upon an old man. Prisoner could swear distinctly that prisoner had carnal connection with the mare. Witness and another man were on horseback, and they rode towards the prisoner.

    By Mr Want: Witness and his companion were approaching prisoner sideways, and could see perfectly well.

    George Underhill, a butcher, in his brother’s employ at Bega stated that on the 4th of November he was in his brother’s paddock in company with the preceding witness, and he saw prisoner standing upon a log and having carnal connection with a chestnut mare, which he had backed up against a log. Witness could not distinctly swear that he saw the offence committed. He rode up to him, and as he did so prisoner saw him and ran behind a tree. He was made to rise and get upon the mare upon which he had committed the offence, and go home. Witness was sure that prisoner was not drunk. Prisoner told him (witness) to have pity upon an old man.

    By Mr Want: The paddock was an open one, and prisoner committed the offence close to the road.

    By the Solicitor-General: The nearest house was about a mile and a half. Prisoner very seldom went long the road, which only let to one or two farmhouses.

    Mr Want then addressed the jury for the defence, but the Solicitor-General did not reply.

    His Honor summed up, and the jury retired to consider their verdict, and after ten minutes deliberation, they returned into court with a verdict of guilty.

    The prisoner, when asked if he had anything to say why sentence of death should not be recorded against him, made no reply.

    Sentence of death was then recorded, and the prisoner was removed from the court. He seemed to be very much affected and could hardly restrain himself from bursting into tears.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 18 Feb 1873 5

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
MONDAY.

BEFORE his Honor Mr Justice Hargrave and a jury of twelve.
    The Solicitor-General prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

ARRAIGNMENTS.


    John Lucas, charged with bestiality, was found guilty, and sentence of death was recorded.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 20 Feb 1873 6

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
(From the SM Herald.)
MONDAY.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice Hargrave and a jury of twelve.)


    John Lucas, charged with bestiality, was found guilty, and sentence of death was recorded.

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The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser, Thu 6 Mar 1873 7

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.
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    Bestiality.—John Lucas, accused of the above offence committed at Bega, was convicted on Monday week at the Supreme Court. Sentence of death was recorded. The prisoner was much affected almost to tears.

 


1  The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser, (NSW), Thu 5 Dec 1872, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2 The Manaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser, Wed 11 Dec 1872, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3  The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 17 Feb 1873, p. 4. Emphasis added.

4  Empire, Tue 18 Feb 1873, p. 3. Emphasis added.

5  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 18 Feb 1873, p. 2.

6  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 20 Feb 1873, p. 2.

7  The Bega Gazette and Eden District or Southern Coast Advertiser, (NSW), Thu 6 Mar 1873, p. 2.