The Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Wed 5 Apr 1876 1
THE sittings of this Court were opened by his Honor the Chief Justice on Monday morning. His Honor took his seat on the bench at 10 o’clock. The members of the bar present were Mr CJ Manning (Crown Prosecutor) and Mr Salomons, Mr Williams being the Crown Solicitor. The local gentlemen in attendance being Mr HB Fitzhardinge, Mr JR Garland, Mr Williams, and Mr Donavan.
The usual proclamation having been made, and a jury sworn, the first case called was
John Smith charged with an attempt to commit [bestiality with a mare ] the above offence in the Police Reserve, on the 15th November last.
The circumstances in connection with the offence were deposed to by constables Cullen and Fitzpatrick.
The evidence was brief, and his Honor having charged the jury, they retired and returned to court with a verdict of guilty.
His Honor then sentenced the prisoner to six months in Wagga Wagga Gaol, with hard labour.
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The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong, and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, Fri 14 Apr 1876 2
WAGGA WAGGA CIRCUIT COURT.
ON Monday the 3rd inst the Wagga Wagga Circuit Court was opened before his Honor the Chief Justice, when the following cases were heard:—John Smith, charged with an attempt to commit an unnatural offence in the police reserve, on the 15th November last, was found guilty, and sentenced to six months in Wagga jail, with hard labour.
1 The Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Wed 5 Apr 1876, p. 2. Emphasis added.
2 The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong, and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, Fri 14 Apr 1876, p. 4.