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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 4 Dec 1873 1

LOCAL NEWS.
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    MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.—The court of Quarter Sessions opens to-day (Thursday) at East Maitland, at ten o’clock, before his Honor Mr District Court Judge Simpson. The following is the complete list of cases set down for hearing:—William Millman (Narrowgut), bestiality; Andrew Loder, Thomas Dowe, and Benjamin Barber (Colley Creek), riot, &c, on bail; Alfred Dumbrill, (Clarence Town), indecent assault on a child, on bail; Jane McPherson (Newcastle), larceny; Robert Roberts (Newcastle), assaulting a constable and common assault; Joseph Eckersley (Muswellbrook), larceny; Alexander Bain (Raymond Terrace), larceny, on bail.

    CHARGE OF BESTIALITY.—A boy named William Millman, apparently about eighteen or nineteen years of age, was brought up at the East Maitland police court, on Saturday last, before Mr James Smith, PM, and Dr Wilton, JP, charged with having attempted to commit an unnatural offence at Narrowgut, near Morpeth, on Thursday, the 27th November. Sergeant Gordon, of Morpeth, deposed to arresting the prisoner, by authority of a warrant charging him with the offence stated. In reply, the prisoner denied having committed the offence. John McFadgen, [aka John McFadyen] a farmer residing at Narrowgut, in whose employ prisoner was at the time, gave evidence of what he saw take place, and the bench, after hearing the details of the case, committed the prisoner to take his trial at the Maitland Quarter Sessions, which commence to-day (Thursday).

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 6 Dec 1873 2

MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.

    The Maitland Court of Quarter Sessions opened at ten o’clock on Thursday morning in the court-house, East Maitland, before his Honor Judge Simpson.

    Mr F Rogers prosecuted for the Crown. The other barristers present were Messrs Wisdom, O’Keeffe, and Dalley.

    The jury having answered to their names, the usual proclamation was made, and the prisoners in custody were then arraigned.

BESTIALITY.

    William Millman, a lad sixteen years of age, was indicted for having on the 27th November last, at Narrowgut, near Morpeth, committed an unnatural offence with a cow, [according to the NSWPG the offence committed with a mare]. 

    Mr H O’Meagher appeared for the prisoner, who pleaded not guilty.

    The Crown Prosecutor stated the case to the jury, and called as witnesses John McFadyen, of Narrowgut, a farmer, and Sergeant Gordon, of Morpeth. The former detailed the circumstances of the case, and the latter gave evidence as to his arrest. The prisoner was at the time, and had been for some few months previous, in McFadyen’s employ.

    Mr O’Meagher addressed the jury for the defence.

    The jury, having heard the evidence, found a verdict of guilty without leaving the box.

    Evidence as to the prisoner’s character was given by McFadyen, and Sergeant Gordon. He was said to be of a quiet disposition, and slightly silly. The prisoner’s father (an old man over sixty years of age) said he had no means of support except that given by his son. He said also that his son was a good boy, and none of his children were ever allowed out at night. He was also understood to say that he and his wife and children suffered from a complaint which caused a rush of blood to the head.

    His Honor sentenced the prisoner to eighteen month’ imprisonment in Maitland Gaol.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 11 Dec 1873 3

LOCAL NEWS.
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    CHARGE OF BESTIALITY.—CORRECTION.—An error crept into our report of the above charge against the boy Millman, at the last Maitland Quarter Sessions. It was stated that he was indicted for committing an unnatural offence. It should have read “attempting to commit.”

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The Newcastle Chronicle, Thu 11 Dec 1873 4

MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.
From the M Mercury.

    The Maitland Court of Quarter Sessions opened at ten o’clock on Thursday morning, in the Court-house, East Maitland, before his Honor Judge Simpson.

    Mr R Rogers prosecuted for the Crown.

BESTIALITY.

    William Millman, a lad, sixteen years of age, was indicted for having, on the 27th November last, at Narrowgut, near Morpeth, committed an unnatural offence with a cow.

    His Honor sentenced the prisoner to eighteen months’ imprisonment in Maitland gaol. 

 


1  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 4 Dec 1873, pp. 2, 3. Emphasis added.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 6 Dec 1873, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser,  Thu 11 Dec 1873, p. 3.

4  The Newcastle Chronicle, Thu 11 Dec 1873, p. 4.