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1875, James Rudd - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Mon 28 Dec 1874 1

SECOND EDITION
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WEST MAITLAND.

Monday, 2.43 pm.


    James Rudd Fanerby, [sic] a boy from the Vernon was this day committed for trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions, on a charge of bestiality.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 29 Dec 1874 2

    CHARGE OF BESTIALITY.—A charge of the above nature against a lad named James Rudd (who gave his age as thirteen years, all but a day) was heard at the West Maitland police court, on Thursday, Mr H Levien defending. At the instance of Mr Levien, a remand was granted till Monday next, for the production of evidence as to the boy’s age. The court was cleared during the hearing of the case.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 6 Mar 1875 3

MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.
THURSDAY, MARCH 4.

    The Maitland Court of Quarter Sessions was opened on Thursday morning, by Messrs Jas. Smith, PM., and TW Pearse, JP., who postponed it till the following day, owing to the absence of His Honor Mr District Court Judge Wilkinson.

FRIDAY, MARCH 5.

    The Maitland Quarter Sessions were re-opened at the East Maitland Court House, on Friday morning, by His Honor Mr District-Court Judge Wilkinson. Mr Rogers, Crown Prosecutor, was the only barrister present.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 11 Mar 1875 4

MAITLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Mr District Court Judge Wilkinson.)
MONDAY, MARCH 8.

TUESDAY, MARCH 9.

    The court re-opened at 10 o’clock.

BESTIALITY.

    James Rudder [aka Rudd] was charged with having been guilty of an unnatural offence with a sow,  at Louth Park, on the 2nd December.

    Prisoner was defended by Mr Thompson.

    The Crown Prosecutor stated the case very briefly, and called.

    Senior-constable Roger Sparkes, of West Maitland, who deposed to having arrested the prisoner on the 28th December last, and charged him with having committed the crime, and he denied it.

    John Head gave evidence as to his having seen the offence committed by the prisoner, and detailed the particulars of what he had seen. The evidence was altogether unfit for publication. The witness was cross-examined at length by Mt Thompson, principally with a view to proving an alibi at the time given by witness, which was a quarter to seven in the morning.

    John Bowden deposed that prisoner had been his apprentice, and was with him for 18 months after his time was over; he believed him to be about 17 years old.

    For the defence Mr Thompson called:

    Roland Rose, who deposed that prisoner lived with his mother and brothers at Louth Park, next to Mr Starke’s; there were seven in the house altogether; prisoner worked at Wall’s farm a few hundred yards off; he slept with witness and his brother in the same room. On the morning in question the prisoner had not left the house before seven o’clock. The witness was cross-examined by Mr Rogers.

    Mr Thompson addressed the jury, and his Honor summed up.

    The jury retired at five minutes past twelve, and shortly afterwards returned with a verdict of “not guilty.”

    Prisoner was released from custody. This being the last case, His Honor, having thanked the jurors, discharged them from their labours, and the session closed.

 


1  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 28 Dec 1874, p. 2.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tue 29 Dec 1874, p. 3.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 6 Mar 1875, p. 2.

4  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 11 Mar 1875, p. 2. Emphasis added.