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1873, William Martin Stevenson - Unfit For Publication
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The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, Sat 12 Apr 1873 1


The Armidale Circuit Court was opened, by His Honor Mr Justice Cheeke, on Thursday, at 10 am.
The Barristers attending were Mr Rogers, CP, and Mr Wisdom.
All the prisoners were arraigned, and the following pleaded guilty and were remanded for sentence:—
    Jas Riley, stealing a bridle, saddle, and swag.
    John Hamilton, stealing money.
    And Margaret Sullivan, concealing of birth.

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The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, Sat 19 Apr 1873 2


    This Court was again opened on Saturday last.


    Wm M [William Martin] Stevenson surrendered on bail, and was indicted for having, on the 13th December last, committed an unnatural offence [with a mare ].

    Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Wisdom; attorney, Mr Mitchell.

    Mr Rogers, with the greatest possible brevity, and with as little allusion as possible to the circumstances constituting the offence, related the case for the Crown.

    The witnesses examined for the prosecution were Constable Oldfield, Armidale; James Walsh, alias Plaw, miner, Glen Morison; Sen Constable McCormick, Walcha; Francis Green, and Henry Bell.

    The allegation of the offence rested on Walsh’s evidence. The other witnesses only gave evidence remotely in support of the accusation.

    The witnesses for the defence were Thos Moffatt and a son of the prisoner’s 11 years of age.

    Mr Wisdom ably defended the prisoner in his address, which placed clearly in view facts of the evidence tending to establish the innocence of his client.

    Mr Rogers replied lengthily, but principally in vindication of the witness Walsh.

His Honor considered all the evidence for the prosecution contradicted except in one point, which tended to prove that an attempt had been made to commit the offence; and it was for an attempt, in effect, which the prisoner had been put on his trial.

    The Jury, after a brief consultation in the box, gave verdict of not guilty.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 22 Apr 1873 3

(Abridged from the Chronicle of Thursday.)
SATURDAY, APRIL 12th, 1873.

    The Court was opened before Mr Justice Cheeke at ten o’clock punctually. Mr Rogers prosecuted for the Crown.

    William Martin Stevenson, charged with an unnatural offence, was acquitted, the defence going to prove that the accusation had proceeded from malice.


1  The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, Sat 12 Apr 1873, p. 4.

2  The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser,  Sat 19 Apr 1873, p. 6. Emphasis added.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser,  Tue 22 Apr 1873, p. 2.