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Depositions for William Andrew Johnson 23 Oct 1875 Deniliquin trial 1

No. 828

James Mair, PM
Deniliquin, 30 September 1875

William Edmond Plunkett, Under Secretary for Justice, Sydney

Sir
    I have the honor to forward you under separate cover Depositions taken in the case of the Prisoner named in the margin (The Queen v William Andrew Johnson Attempting to commit the crime of Sodomy) who is committed for trial at the next Circuit Court to be held here on 23rd October 1875.

    I have the honor to be
       Sir
    Your most obedient servant.
[Signed] J Mair PM. 

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Information – (Capital General Purposes.)

No. 20020

New South Wales, Deniliquin,
TO WIT.                                 }

Jones versus Johnson

Be it remembered that on this 29th day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five at Deniliquin in the Colony of New South Wales, Frederick Alfred Jones of Deniliquin appears before me, the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices duly assigned to keep the Peace of our Lady the Queen in and for the Colony of New South Wales, and on oath informs me, that in the month of July last on [18] a Sunday in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five one William Andrew Johnson of Deniliquin aforesaid, did at Cobran [Station] in the said Colony, unlawfully attempt to commit the crime of sodomy on him the said Frederick Alfred Jones contrary to the Act in such case made and provided; whereupon the said Frederick Alfred Jones prays that I, the said Justice, will proceed in the premises according to law.

[Signed] Frederick A Jones.

Sworn at Deniliquin in the said Colony, on the day first above written, before me,
[Signed] James Mair, PM, JP.

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(M., 11 & 12 Vic. Cap, 42.)

Depositions of Witnesses.

Deniliquin,
TO WIT        }
The examination of William Kelly of Deniliquin in the Colony of New South Wales, Constable, Frederick Alfred Jones of Cobran Labourer, and William Hawson [aka Harrison] Heath of Cobran in the said Colony, Station Manager, taken on oath this 29th day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five at Deniliquin in the Colony aforesaid, before the undersigned one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, in the presence and hearing of William Andrew Johnson who is charged this day before me for that he the said William Andrew Johnson in the month of July last at Cobran in the said Colony, did unlawfully attempt to commit the crime of sodomy.

    By Mr Gillett: He appeared quite anxious

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to come to Deniliquin.

[Signed] W Kelly. Taken and sworn before me this 29th September 1875 at Deniliquin.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

    Frederick Arthur Jones being sworn states:– I have been living at Cobran as cook’s mate. I know the accused person before the Court. I remember a Sunday in last July, I can’t tell what date it was. About 7 o’clock at night it was dark, there were some men in the hut that were annoying me. I rolled up my swag and went outside. I went up to prisoner’s hut. He asked me where I was going, I told him I was going to sleep in the bush rather than in a hut with those men and they annoyed me greatly. He said, “Never mind; you come sleep here tonight and I will give you something to eat.” One of the men asked him if he was going to let me sleep there tonight. He said no, “I was only larking with him.” He went to the men and asked them to keep quiet and let me sleep there tonight. I said to him I’m going with

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Andy. I said I would sooner sleep in the bush rather than in the hut with those men. Then he said, “You need not be in a hurry. We will have a yarn together.” He asked me what the men had been trying to do to me. I said they had been trying to do me over. He said: “Let me have a bit now: it won’t hurt you.” I went to go. He said “Wait a minute.” With that I get up and he caught hold of me. He shut the door and put a bay blind down. Then he leaned me against a table and unbuttoned my trousers and blew the light out. He took his own person out and put it between my legs. He said he would not be 5 minutes. After he had done it he lit the candle again and opened the door. I said I was going – that I would not stop in the hut like that. I went back to the men’s hut. I slept there that night. Next morning I went away with 2 shearers to (?). After about a week I came back to Cobran and Mr Heath told me he would put me on cleaning the woolshed. I had been there about a fortnight. I was cleaning the pens out about 10 o’clock in the morning. Prisoner came up to me. I think on a Wednesday, and said to me: “You must let me have a bit.” Whereupon I said to him I would not Andy as

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I don’t want. With that he caught hold of me, put me against a corner of the pen. He unbuttoned my trousers and took his person between my legs. With that I screamed out for assistance but no-one came. He then left off and turned up the road. He then turned back and said to me “If ever I ask again may God strike you dead.” The next day he asked me to let him do it again. I said I would not, and I jumped over the pens and he dodged me. I was cleaning the pens out about the middle of the day. He then ran after me and jumped on the pen. I got through a little door at the end of the shed, ran away outside the shed. He ran after me and when he saw me running to the hut he turned back again. He never spoke to me after that for 3 weeks. Then on a Sunday a Minister came, I didn’t know his name, I think it is Carthins, I think he came from Deniliquin. I went out to speak to prisoner and he asked me to shift some wool bales in the shed. He then got between me and the door of the shed. He said “You must let me have a bit as I have let you go for a long

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time without troubling you”. I said I would sing out if he attempted to touch me. He turned away and said “I will let you off this time”. About a fortnight after, prisoner came to me and asked what I had been saying about him and I said I did not know what he meant. He said “You know what I mean”, and I said “Yes (before a lot of men) You have been trying to commit a rape on me.” On the Sunday night referred to in the month of July last the prisoner unbuttoned the front of my trousers. He did not take them down. When I said he took his person I mean his person private parts and it was that part of his person that he put between my legs. He moved his person up and down while it was between my legs. He was about 5 minutes. I then felt a smarting pain and saw some white stuff on my thighs. I felt the white stuff when it came. It felt a sort of warm. He did not hurt me except the smarting. He did nothing else but what he did in front of me. His person did not get into my body at all. I did not want him to do it. He did it against my will. I was 15 years old last May the 16th. We were both standing face

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to face. I never told anybody about prisoner’s conduct. On last Friday I spoke to Mr Heath about it because prisoner said if I did not he would. 

    By Mr Gillett Attorney for accused: When I said the men wanted to do me over I meant that they used to come and wake me up and try to frighten me. They used to try and lark with me and Gammont get up in my bed. There were 3 men in the hut, travellers, they said they had been there three days when I came on Friday previous to the Sunday I speak of. I didn’t know their names when the accused made the assault on me on Sunday in his own hut I made no resistance and did not call out. The (?) about hut is about as far as from here to the fence in front of the Courthouse from the prisoner’s hut. The shearers’ hut is as far from prisoner’s as from here to the church nearest here. If I had cried out they could have heard me at the shearers’ hut. I mean on the Sunday at the prisoner’s hut I did cry out in the woolshed once. I made one struggle to get away. Prisoner said he would not hurt me while I stood up. We were face to face.

    By Mr Baker: There were no people living in that house about in July last. I did not

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try to get away on Sunday night because if I had I could not. I was frightened. I was fright to call out. If I had sung out there was no-one could hear but the boy and the man who had been annoying me. When prisoner caught hold of me in the shed there was no-one else in the shed. I don’t know if anybody was in the Rouseabout hut & not when prisoner caught hold of me in the shed. Shearing had not begun at this time. The settler (Tommy ?) Were clearing the shed ready for shearing. No-one was living in the shearers’ hut at that time.

[Signed] Frederick A Jones. Taken and sworn before me this 29th September 1875 at Deniliquin.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

    William Hawson Heath being sworn states: I am Manager at Cobran. I know the complainant in this case, Frederick Arthur Jones. He commenced to work on the Station about the middle of July last, I think. I know the Rouseabout Hut. I think he stayed in that. I know the accused person. He has been employed 5 years, I think, on the Station. In July last he occupied a hut about

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10 or 15 yards from the rouseabout hut. Last Friday complainant made a statement to me. In consequence of what he said I saw the accused person who came to me after complainant came and made a statement. The accused person said he had been accused o taking liberties with the boy Jones. He said he was quite innocent. In the morning I got the accused and Jones, the boy, together. I asked the boy if he would make the same statement to me before accused that he had made the night previous. He then stated the same that he told me the previous night. He said in the presence of accused that he had run him about in the first instance and tried to catch him but he got away. And next time he said accused got him and pulled down his trousers and did something between his legs. He said something similar took place in a small hut where accused was stopping. The accused person said “How can you say such falsehoods?” The boy said “It is true”. Prisoner said “Because I was larking with you you went and spread this

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report”, or words to that effect. I advised accused to see a lawyer and the Police. He came to Deniliquin I think for that purpose. He came back and said he had seen a lawyer, but with police. The boy said the accused had taken down his (the boy’s) trousers.

    By Mr Gillett: Accused has been a good character in the station. I never heard of anything of this kind against him before. I only know the informant for the last 2 months. The first I heard of this was last Friday night. Informant said these thing took place before shearing. I was on the place and he could have complained to me before. Accused has been considered by me as most trustworthy. I have known him 4 years and he was on the station before I was manager. Previous to shearing I had men employed and I had a cook in the rouseabout’s hut. It’s about 30 yards from the shed to the Rouseabout Hut. I began to shear on 25th last August. I recollect the reverend Mr Caruthers, a Wesleyan clergyman of Deniliquin coming to Cobran on 4th September inst. He gave a lecture on Saturday night to the shearers. Next day Mr Caruthers

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preached in the hut to the shearers. The reverend Mr Ware was on the station about 2 weeks ago. The reverend Mr Caruthers has not been since the 4th inst or any other clergyman except Mr Ware. No clergymen had been then for nearly 2 months before the 4th instant. Mr Caruthers was there, I think, about June last. The clergyman was there often till 4th inst. No clergyman but Mr Caruthers delivered a lecture at Cobran. He only delivered one lecture there and that was on Saturday the 4th instant.

[Signed] WH Heath. Taken and sworn before me this 29th September 1875 at Deniliquin.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

    Frederick Arthur Jones being recalled, states: The Minister which preached on the Sunday at Cobran that I spoke of in my evidence also gave a lecture on the previous Saturday night. The only other minister that preached was about a fortnight ago and he did not preach in the shed.

[Signed] Frederick A Jones. Taken and sworn before me this 29th September 1875 at Deniliquin.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

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(N., 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Statement of the Accused.

New South Wales, Deniliquin 
TO WIT.                                }

William Andrew Johnson stands charged before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the Colony aforesaid, this 29th day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five for that he, the said William Andrew Johnson in the month of July last at Cobran, in the said Colony, did unlawfully attempt to commit the crime of sodomy and the examinations of all the witnesses on the part of the prosecution having been completed, and the depositions taken against the accused having been caused to be read to him by me, the said Justice (by/or) before whom such examination has been so completed; and I, the said Justice, having also stated to the accused and given him clearly to understand that he has nothing to hope from any promise of favour, and nothing to fear from any threat which may have been holden out to him to induce him to make any admission or confession of his guilt, but that whatever he shall say may be given in evidence against him upon his Trial, notwithstanding such promise or threat; and the said charge being read to the said William Andrew Johnson and the witness for the prosecution being severally examined in his presence, the said William Andrew Johnson is now addressed by me as follows:– “Having heard the evidence, do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything unless you desire to do so; but whatever you say will be taken down in writing, and may be given in evidence against you upon your trial;” whereupon the said William Andrew Johnson saith as follows:– “I reserve my defence – I am innocent.” Taken before me at Deniliquin in the said Colony, the day and year first abovementioned.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

    The prisoner is committed for trial at the next Circuit Court to be held at Deniliquin on 23rd October 1875. Bail assured in 80 pound with one surety in 80 pound.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

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(O. 1, 11 & 12 Vic., Cap. 42.)

Recognizance to Give Evidence.

New South Wales, Deniliquin 
TO WIT.                                }

Be it remembered, that on the 29th day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five, William Kelly, a Constable of the Police Force, Frederick Arthur Jones of Cobran in the Colony of New South Wales, labourer, and William Harrison Heath of Cobran in the said Colony, Station Manager. Personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales, and acknowledged themselves to owe our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of forty pounds each, of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied on their goods and chattels, lands and tenements, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if they the said before mentioned persons shall fail in the conditions endorsed. Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first abovementioned, at Deniliquin in the said Colony, before me.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

The condition of the within written recognizance is such, that whereas William Andrew Johnson was this day charged before James Mair Esquire one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with having attempted to commit the crime of sodomy. If therefore, they the aforementioned persons shall appear at the next Court of Assizes to be holden at Deniliquin, in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 23rd day of October next at 9 o’clock in the forenoon, and then and there give such evidence as they know upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said William Andrew Johnson for the offence aforesaid, to the jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said William Andrew Johnson then the said recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

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Recognizance of Bail.

New South Wales, Deniliquin 
TO WIT.                                }

Be it remembered, that on the 29th day of September, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five William Andrew Johnson of Cobran, in the Colony of New South Wales, woolscourer and William Harrison Heath, of Cobran in the said Colony, station manager personally came before me, the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, and severally acknowledged themselves to owe to our Sovereign Lady the Queen the several sums following (that is to say); the said William Andrew Johnson the sum of eighty pounds; and the said William Harrison Heath the sum of eighty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied for on their several goods and chattels, lands and tenements respectively, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if he the said William Andrew Johnson shall fail in the condition endorsed. Taken and Acknowledged, the day and year first abovementioned, at the Police Station, in the said Colony, before me J Mair, JP.

Condition in Ordinary Cases.

The condition of the within written recognizance is such, that whereas the said William Andrew Johnson was on the 19th day of September Instant, charged before James Mair Esquire, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with having attempted to commit the crime of sodomy on one Frederick Arthur Jones. If therefore the said William Andrew Johnson will appear at the next Court of Assizes to be holden at Deniliquin in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on Saturday the 23rd day of October next, at 9 of the clock in the forenoon, and then and there surrender himself into the custody of the keeper of the gaol there, and plead to such information as may be filed against him for or in respect of the charge aforesaid, and take his trial upon the same, and not depart the said Court without leave, – then the said recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] J Mair, JP.

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    William Kelly a Constable of Police stationed at Deniliquin being sworn states: In consequence of information received from Mr Heath, Manager of Cobran Station I went to the prisoner’s hut at Cobran in the Colony of New South Wales. I said to him “It appears to me that there is a charge of indecent assault against you”. He said he was quite innocent and that he had heard that the boy was spreading a report among the men in the hut. He said he told the boy if he had anything to say to go to Mr Heath and state the affair to him. I told him he had better come to Deniliquin. He said he would, that he was quite anxious to have the affair settled one way or the other. I then brought him to the lock up. This morning I arrested him by virtue of a Warrant signed by James Mair Esquire, a Justice of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales wherein he is charged with an attempt to commit the crime of sodomy on one Frederick Alfred Jones. I read the warrant to him, he did not say anything in answer to the charge.

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[On depositions’ cover sheet is the following]

29th September 1875
No. 828
Depositions
No. 7
Regina v. William Andrew Johnson
Attempting to Commit Sodomy
Circuit Court, Deniliquin
23rd October, 1875
Deniliquin

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Attempt to commit an unnatural offence

[Initialled] JGLI [Joseph George Long-Innes] AG
8/10/75

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Justice P Faucett’s Notebook 2

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Tuesday October 26, 1875

Queen

 

v.

Assault with intent &c.

William Andrew Johnson

Sunday 18 July 75

Salamons for prisoner.

    William Kelly examined by Isaacs. Constable at Deniliquin. I brought prisoner in from Cobran. I said he had better come and he came. He said in course of conversation he said he was innocent. When I read the warrant he said nothing.

    Cross-examined by Salamons. I believe he was a wool-sorter at Cobran. He said he was quite innocent and that he had heard the boy had been spreading the report amongst the men – that if he had anything to say he had better go to Mr Heath the Superintendent of the station. 

    Frederick Arthur Jones examined by Isaacs. 15 years old. In July last I was living at Cobran. I came to the station on a Friday – I can’t remember the week. It was July – I don’t remember whether the beginning or middle of July. On the first Sunday after I came – I was stopping at Cobran on Saturday night and the men annoyed me greatly. I said I would not stop in there. I then took up my swag and went outside. I was passing prisoner’s hut and he asked me where I was going. I told him I’d sooner sleep in the bush than in the hut with those men. He said you can come and sleep in my hut. I said all right. I did not do so. I went into the hut and had something to eat. One of the men that had been annoying me came out and asked if he was going to let me stop in the hut.

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He said he was only larking. I was going out and he said wait a bit and shut the door – and put a (bag ?) blind behind it. He then caught hold of me and leaned me against the table. He said nothing. He then blew out the light – unbuttoned my trousers. He then took his private person and put it between my legs. I was leaning (back to the table) – his hands holding my hands – so I could not move. It was done against my will. He said he would not be 5 minutes. I said I did not want anything of that sort done to me. He said (he ?) should not touch me – that I had better not make a noise. That is all he said then. He then opened the door and lit the candle. I then went out and was going away. He then went to one of the men and asked him to let me stay there that night and not to (sway ?) me. I stopped there that night. I did not observe any (motion ?) of his body. Some whitish stuff between my legs at the last. All this was against my will.

    Cross-examined by Salamons. I said at Police Court that he moved his body up and down and felt a smarting pain between my legs. This is true. It was on Sunday evening about 7 o’clock. At Police Court I spoke about Revd Mr Carruthers being there. 3 I never told anybody about prisoner’s conduct. On last Friday I told Mr Carruthers because prisoner said he would tell Mr Heath.

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I never spoke to the men about it. A boy did. It was on 29 September this was heard at the Police Court. It was 2 or 3 – 4 or 5 days before that I spoke to Mr Heath. I had mentioned it to a boy. Prisoner told me he would speak to Mr Heath about it. The boy’s name is Tommy Dean. I did not want to leave the station. Mr Heath was away. He never told me he would keep me until Mr Heath came. Four men were present when he told me he would speak to Mr Heath about it. The boy told me he was 15. He stood in front of me and opened my trousers. I never said a word about the men. I don’t remember saying that some of the men tried to commit a rape on me. I told Mr Heath – they never tried to commit a rape on me. I told Mr Heath that the men annoyed me. I never told him that they tried to – no one showed me a copy of Mr Heath’s (words ?). I never told Mr Heath that the men tried to use me as a woman. I told him they came to my bed at night. I never told him they tried to do me over – I know what that means.

    Deposition.
    My name.
    “I said they had been trying to do me over.”
I don’t remember saying that.

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    They never tried to do me over. I never had anything to do with a matter of this kind before. I was not travelling about with a man named McFarland. I knew Bob the carpenter – I travelled with him from Cobran to (?) – 28 miles. In the hut were three men and a boy – Tommy Dean. Prisoner’s hut was about 10 or 15 yards from theirs. I was picking up wool – and then as cook’s mate. Prisoner was classing wool. I went out of the shed to assist the cook. I supposed Mr Heath dismissed me from picking wool. Prisoner told me the cook wanted an assistant. I got the same wages. When I went back I went up to the storekeeper and he told me I was not wanted any more. I know William Bloomfield. I never told him – not yesterday – that I would swear anything against the old b----- as he got me the sack. I don’t know Thomas (Jones ?). (Man brought in). Bloomfield is a shearer at (?).

    Revd Mr Carruthers was at Cobran – not in July. A month afterwards he preached there. He came there on Saturday night and went away on Sunday. I don’t know when he went away. I saw him on Saturday and Sunday. Another clergyman came and preached at the shearers’ hut. I never mentioned it, only to the boy.

    “When I said the men wanted to do me over – I meant they used to come to my bed and wake me.” – I said that.

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I don’t remember saying that the men tried to do me over. I said that when I said they were trying to do me over I meant that they came to my bed and were frightening me. They tried to gammon to get into my bed. They gammoned to get into my bed. I swore that prisoner (dodged ?) me about several times. He did it to me twice. He told me if I did not speak to Mr Heath he would.

    By Isaacs. It was a month after that Mr Carruthers came. I had been about a fortnight on the station when this occurred. 

    By Salamons. I said that prisoner attempted it also on the Sunday Mr Carruthers was there.

    By Isaacs. I was away about a fortnight. I then went back and was on the station about a fortnight. That made a month.

    Constable Kelly by Salamons. It was Mr Heath gave information – and not this boy.

    William Harrison Heath. Not examined by Isaacs.

    Cross-examined by Salamons. Manager at Cobran – for (4 ?) years. Prisoner was there before I came. The boy came and made a statement to me – and prisoner came the same evening and made a statement – at the homestead. I remember prisoner saying to the boy how can you tell such falsehoods. Up to that day I had not heard a word of such a thing. This must have been about the 1st October. This was during and before shearing. I was there all the time. He never said a word to me.

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Prisoner has borne a very good character. I never heard a word against him. I communicated with the police. Prisoner expressed his anxiety to have the matter investigated. I dismissed the boy – because he was very lazy. I don’t think he knew why I dismissed him. He was picking up the sweeping. Prisoner was over the classing.

    By Isaacs. The boy said in prisoner’s presence that he was trying to commit an unnatural offence. I saw them together. I asked the boy to repeat what he told me the prisoner (?). He repeated it. Prisoner said it was false. The boy said it was true. Prisoner came about 1 July. He commenced working about the middle of July. Mr Carruthers came on 4 September. Another clergyman came about a fortnight afterwards.

    By Salamons. There was nothing to prevent the boy from telling those clergymen. There was a cook whom the boy assisted.

    Frederick Arthur Jones by Salamons. About a fortnight after prisoner came and asked me what I had been saying about him. I said I did not know what he meant. He said you know what I mean. I said yes (before a lot of men) you had been trying to commit a rape on me. I said I never told any one when he was not present. By trying to commit a rape I meant the same as trying to do me over. “About a fortnight after” – that is about a fortnight after the last time.

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    By Juror. I did not cry out the first time.

Case for the Crown.

Deposition of Jones read.

Salamons to Jury.

Verdict Not Guilty. 

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The Pastoral Times, Sat 16 Oct 1875 4

DENILIQUIN ASSIZES.

    The following cases are to be tried before Mr Justice Fawcett at the Assizes, which commence at Deniliquin on Saturday next, 23rd instant:–

    Tommy Ah You, indecent assault, two charges – committed for trial at Deniliquin.
    Michael Murphy, indecent assault – Deniliquin.
    John Huay, stealing tobacco – Deniliquin.
    Patrick Murnane – ditto.
    James Mulvaney, stealing from the person – Deniliquin.

ON BAIL.

    David Hill, sheep-stealing – Deniliquin.
    William A Johnson, attempting to commit an unnatural offence – ditto.
    Thomas William Pollard, indecent assault – ditto.

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Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette, Thu 21 Oct 1875 5

THE DENILIQUIN ASSIZES.
SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1875.

    This Court will be opened on Saturday morning by Mr Justice Faucett. Mr Isaacs will act as Crown Prosecutor, and the following are now awaiting trial:–

    Tommy Ah How, indecent assault (two charges), committed from Deniliquin.
    James Mulvaney, stealing money, from Deniliquin.
    John Huay, stealing tobacco, from Deniliquin.
    Patrick Murnane, ditto, from Deniliquin.
    Michael Murphy, indecent assault, from Deniliquin.

ON BAIL.

    David Hill, sheep stealing, from Deniliquin.
    – Johnston, sodomy, from Deniliquin.
    – Smith, stealing from Hay.

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Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette, Thu 28 Oct 1875 6

THE DENILIQUIN ASSIZES.
SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1875.
Before Mr Justice Faucett

    This court was opened at 10 o’clock. Mr RM Isaacs prosecuted for the Crown, and Mr Salamons represented the Bar.

TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER [1875].

    An elderly man named William Andrew Johnston, employed for five years on Cobran station as a wool classer, was indicted for having in July last, on that station, attempted to commit an abominable offence on a lad aged 15 years, named Frederick Arthur Jones. Accused appeared on bail, and pleading not guilty, was defended by Mr Salamons, instructed by Mr Gillott. The particulars are unfit for publication; suffice it to say that the evidence of the principal witness left the question whether a gross assault had or had not been committed to the jury, who returned a verdict of not guilty after a few minutes consideration.

    With this case the criminal business concluded. 

 


1  SRNSW: NRS880, [9/6587], Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, Deniliquin, Oct 1875. Emphasis added.

2  SRNSW: NRS5927, [2/3925], Judiciary, P Faucett, J. Notebooks Circuit Courts, 1866-87, pp. 99-105. Emphasis added.

3  Mn: This is a mistake. I never told Mr Carruthers

4  The Pastoral Times (Deniliquin), Sat 16 Oct 1875, p. 4. Emphasis added.

5  Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette, Thu 21 Oct 1875, p. 2. Emphasis added.

6  Deniliquin Chronicle and Riverine Gazette, Thu 28 Oct 1875, p. 3.