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The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 5 Mar 1875 1

YASS COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3.
Before Mr Barber and Mr Yates.


    BESTIALITY.—George Hamilton (an American black) was brought up, charged with having committed bestiality [with a gray mare] at Manton’s Creek.

    Mr Sub-inspector Brennan applied for a remand for a week. The bench granted the application.

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The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 12 Mar 1875 2

LOCAL AND GENERAL
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YASS COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9.
Before Mr Williams and Mr Hall.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10.
Before Mr McBean and Mr Hall.


    BESTIALITY.—George Hamilton, an American black (on remand), was charged with having been guilty of the above offence, near Sawyer’s Arms, Catherine Creek, Jerrawa, on the evening of the 27th ultimo.

    The evidence of the arresting constable (Campbell), of Simon Moules, and of Edward Hines, junior (the whole of which is utterly unfit for publication), was deemed sufficient by their worships to justify them in committing the prisoner (who declared that every mortal thing put down against him was false) to take his trial at the Circuit Court to be holden in Yass on the 1st prox.

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The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 2 Apr 1875 3

LOCAL AND GENERAL
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YASS CIRCUIT COURT.
THURSDAY, APRIL 1.
Before His Honour Mr Justice Faucett.

THE court opened punctually at 10 am. Dr Campbell acted as sheriff. The legal gentlemen present were:—Mr WJ Foster, prosecuting for the Crown, and Mr Pilcher, MP (barrister); and Messrs Wilkinson, Windeyer, and Iceton (solicitors). Mr Walsh was in attendance from the Crown solicitor’s office. The undermentioned magistrates occupied seats on the bench: Messrs Hall, Williams, and Sharp.

    His Honor’s associate (Mr Cope) read the Queen’s proclamation against vice and immorality.

    Mr WJ Foster handed up to his Honor his commission to prosecute for the Crown.

    BESTIALITY.—George Hamilton (an American black) was charged with having committed the above offence at Catherine’s Creek, near Jerrawa, on the 27th February last.

    Mr Wilkinson assisted the Crown Prosecutor in this case.

    The prisoner, who was undefended, pleaded not guilty.

    The details of the case are, of course, unfit for publication.

    The jury, who evidently disbelieved the story for the prosecution (especially as his Honor had summed up unmistakably in prisoner’s favour), returned a verdict of not guilty.

    This concluded the business for the day.

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Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 10 Apr 1875 4

YASS.

Friday.

    The Circuit Court criminal business is just over.

    George Hamilton was adjudged not guilty of an unnatural offence.

 


1  The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 5 Mar 1875, p. 2.

2  The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 12 Mar 1875, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3 The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 2 Apr 1875, p. 2.

4  Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 10 Apr 1875, p. 567.