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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 3 Oct 1882 1

(By Telegraph.)

Mudgee, Monday.

    The Circuit Court opened this morning, before Acting Judge MH Stephen, QC. Mr JJ Teece prosecuted for the Crown. There were only three cases for trial, but all three were capital charges. Two of the cases were tried to-day, and resulted in acquittals. Mrs Ah Yon will be tried to-morrow for the murder of her husband, a Chinese storekeeper, at Avisford.

    A change is indicated in the weather, and a slight shower fell this morning.

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Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 14 Oct 1882 2



October 7.

    MUDGEE ASSIZES.—The assize court was held at Mudgee last week before Mr MH Stephen, QC, acting-judge. Mr JJ Teece prosecuted for the Crown.

    John Lett, a youthful resident of Cudgebegong Creek, was indicted for rape, but acquitted.

    James McGrath, a lad of 14 years, was put on his trial for an unnatural offence, [bestiality with a mare ], at Merrendee. The evidence of the prosecutor was referred to by the judge as unworthy of belief, and prisoner was acquitted.

    Mary Anne Ah Yow was arraigned for the wilful murder of her husband at Avisford. The prisoner had been five months in gaol awaiting trial. She had been coerced by her parents into marrying a wealthy Chinaman, whom she afterwards shot. When arrested she said that she shot him because he was in the act of cutting her mother’s throat with a knife. The prisoner’s mother corroborated this statement, and as there was no evidence to the contrary, the jury, guided by his Honor’s summing up, acquitted the prisoner.

    Mr CD Meares defended the first and third prisoners, and Mr G[eorge] Davidson the second. All three offences were capital charges, but there were no convictions. This exhausted the calendar.


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 3 Oct 1882, p. 8.

2  Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 14 Oct 1882, p. 758. Emphasis added.