The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 9 Jul 1883 1
WATER POLICE COURT.
Mr Buchanan, SM, occupied the bench on Saturday.
William John Radcliff, 15 years, and Charles Radcliff, 12 years, were brought up by Senior-constable Willett for protection. It appeared that the father of the boys had gone to China and that the mother was unable to look after them by reason of being a sufferer from rheumatism. It was stated that the mother, who was is Court, was about to enter an hospital. Mr Buchanan said he considered that the elder boy at least ought to be at work. He would recommend both boys for admission into the Benevolent Asylum.
James Madden, 17 years, was charged with having on the 4th July indecently assaulted Ellen Jenkins. The prosecutrix was a married woman, aged 40 years, and was residing at Waverley-street, Bondi. She deposed that between 1 and 2 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon she was in the bush, at a place not very far from her house, picking flowers, and that the prisoner came up behind her and committed the offence complained of. The prisoner put his hand on her throat and prevented her from screaming; but she, she deposed, scratched his face. The woman gave information to Constable Gray shortly afterwards. The prisoner was committed for trial at the next sittings of the Central Criminal Court. He applied to be admitted to bail, and Mr Buchanan said he would be allowed out on bail if he entered into his own bond for £200 and found two sureties in the sum of £100 each.
On Friday, Daniel Etienne, a French seaman, on a charge of having attempted to commit an unnatural offence was committed for trial at the next sittings of the Central Criminal Court.
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 7 Aug 1883 2
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
(Before his Honor Sir George Innes.)
The Attorney-General (Hon WB Dalley), with Mr PJ Healy, prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.
The following jurors were fined for non-attendance:— R M’K Wray, Chester-street; Patrick Mahoney, Druitt Town; John Hayes, Queen-street, Burwood; Abraham Goldwater, Newtown; Thomas Barry, 30 Belmore-street; Alexander Armstrong, Hunter’s Hill.
CHARGE OF BESTIALITY.
Daniel Etienne was charged with having at Sydney on June 30 committed the offence of bestiality [with a slut ]. Mr Browning, instructed by Mr Lyons, defended the accused. It was alleged that the offence was committed on board the schooner Escort at half-past 11 o’clock on the night of the 30th June. The jury, after deliberating for a few minutes, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was discharged.
The Court then adjourned until 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning.
1 The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 9 Jul 1883, p. 3. Emphasis added.
2 The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 7 Aug 1883, p. 5.