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John McCarty, Michael Reynolds and Patrick McGuire, 1878 

Below also see: Michael Reynolds, 1887

 

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Jun 1878 1

WATER POLICE COURT.
FRIDAY.

BEFORE the Water Police Magistrate, and Messrs Goodridge, Lester, Hill, Hunt, and Stuart.

    Three lads—John McCarthy, Michael Reynolds, and Patrick McGuire—ranging in age between 14 and 17 years, were charged with stealing two coats, of the value of £3 10s, the property of Bernard McBride. The prosecutor keeps a shop in Oxford-street, and the coats were stolen from the outside, where they were hanging on a peg. The elder prisoners were seen to take them away, and run down a narrow turning. The prisoners were afterwards apprehended. The magistrates committed all three for trial at the Quarter Sessions.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 3 Aug 1878 2

COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS.
FRIDAY.

BEFORE Mr District Court Judge Dowling.

STEALING COATS.

    John McCarthy, Michael Reynolds, and Patrick McGuire were charged with having stolen two coats, the property of Bernard McBride. McCarthy was defended by Mr Carroll. The coats had been exposed outside the shop of the prosecutor, and it was shown in evidence that they had been, after they were missed, in the possession of the prisoners. His Honor, in summing up, contended very strongly on the conduct of the prosecutor and others in exposing goods outside shop doors. It was simply offering a premium for the commission of crime, and the prosecutor might almost be said to be particeps criminis. The prosecutor said he had always thought it had been allowed by law. His Honor said it was not so allowed. The jury found McCarthy not guilty and he was discharged; Reynolds and McGuire were found guilty and were remanded for sentence. Subsequently they were brought before the Court and were sentenced each to twelve months’ imprisonment.

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Michael Reynolds, Gaol photo sheet 3 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1913, pp. 170a, 170b, R5099. p.1. SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1913, pp. 170a, 170b, R5099. p.2.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 1913
No. on Gaol Register: 4061.78

Portrait taken: 17th June 1878

Prisoner's Name: Michael Reynolds
(aka Michael Kennedy, John Adams)

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: 1860

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Plumber

Religion: R. C.

Education, degree of: Nil

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Grey

Height: 5' 1¾"

Weight     On committal: 114
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Special Marks:

General Description:

 (Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

CPO

ditto

Sydney Q.S

 

CPO

ditto

ditto

ditto

CPO

ditto

22

  6

  2

31

22

  6

28

27

11

15

  8

  9

  8

  8

  9

  8

12

  2

  5

11

1877

1877

1878

1878

1879

1881

1881

1882

1883

1883

Stealing

ditto

Stealing coats

To Goulburn Gaol

Stealing

Illegally use a horse
Obscene language

Drunk & assault a constable

Stealing

Having stolen property & stealing

Drunk

14 days C.

1 month L.

12 months L.

 

6 months HL

|
| 4 months HL

21 days C

1 month L

6 months L

7 days C

And 10 Summary Convictions of 7 to 14 days for Drunk & Stealing up to May 1883

 

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Michael McGuire, Gaol photo sheet 4

 5 6 SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1925, pp. 182a, 182b, R5099. p.1.  5 6 SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1925, pp. 182a, 182b, R5099. p.2.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. on Gaol Register: 1925

Portrait taken: 20th August 1878

Prisoner's Name: Michael McGuire
(aka The Mink)

Native place: NSW

Year of birth: 1861

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Bus boy

Religion: R. C.

Education, degree of: R & W

Colour of hair: Light brown

Colour of eyes: Grey

Height: 5' 4"

Weight     On committal: 126
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Special Marks:

General Description:

 (Previous Portrait ...  ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

CPO

Sydney Q.S

  5

  2

  7

  8

1878

1878

Stealing

Stealing coats

1 month L.

12 months L.

  


 

Michael Reynolds, 1887 

 

The Daily Telegraph, Wed 17 Aug 1887 5

POLICE.
———


    At the Central Court yesterday, before Mr [James] Buchanan, SM.

    Michael Reynolds was committed for trial on a charge of committing an abominable offence.

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Evening News, Wed 17 Aug 1887 6

    ALLEGED ABOMINABLE OFFENCE.—Michael Reynolds, 24, laborer, was charged in the Central Police Court with having attempted to commit an unnatural offence. The accused was committed for trial at the next Central Criminal Court to be held on the 29th instant.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 17 Aug 1887 7

POLICE.
———◦———

    Mr Buchanan,  SM., presided in the Charge Branch of the CENTRAL POLICE COURT yesterday.

    Michael Reynolds, 24, labourer, was committed for trial at the Central Criminal Court upon a charge of having committed an unmentionable crime. The prisoner stated that he had nothing to say in answer to the charge.

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Depositions for Michael Reynolds 5 Sep 1887 Sydney trial 8

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

Depositions of Witnesses.

New South Wales, Sydney
TO WIT.                            }

The examination of Constable Michael O’Dea of the Police Force of the Colony of New South Wales, William Edmund Shrug of Sydney Medical Practitioner, Constable Walter Wright of the Police Force aforesaid and Michael Butler of Sydney, in the said Colony, Schoolboy, taken on oath, this 16th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven at Sydney 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 Michael Reynolds who is charged this day before me, for that he the said Michael Reynolds,   on or about the 15th August instant at Sydney in the said Colony, did attempt to commit the abominable crime of buggery  upon one Michael Butler. 

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Michael Reynolds
Attempt to Commit the crime of Buggery.

    Constable Michael O’Dea on oath states:–
    Shortly after midnight on 15 instant I was on duty in Elizabeth Street when I saw a boy named Patrick Butler at the entrance of a passage. He was crying and from what he told me I struck a match when I saw the prisoner rise from the ground. His hand was at the fly of his trousers and his shirt out the fly being

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undone. When he saw me he turned his back towards me and moved towards where prosecutor was standing. Prosecutor’s trousers were undone at front and the back and he was holding them up with his hands. I asked him in prisoner’s presence what was wrong and he said “He met us in Elizabeth Street and promised me two shillings to come up to the passage. He said he would tell me what for when he got me there. He took me up the passage, took down

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my trousers and threw me on my face. He undid his trousers and took out his piddly. He put it in between my legs at the back and it hurt me.” I then took the prisoner to the Station and took the boy to Dr Shrug.

    I afterwards charged prisoner with attempting to commit the crime of buggery upon one Michael Butler. He replied “I’ll not give guilty and I”ll order to prove my innocence. I have been suffering from a loathsome

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disease for some time and if I had any connection with the child he should have it.”

[Signed] Michael O’Dea.

Sworn at Sydney 16th August 1887.
[Signed] James Buchanan, SM.

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    William Edmund Shrug on oath states:–
    I am Police Surgeon and reside at 108 Phillip Street. I know the child Michael Butler. About 7 am today he was brought to me and from what he and last Witness told me I examined the anal evidence orifice of the boy and found the lining membrane highly reddened and irritable condition. The orifice itself was extremely dilated showing evidently signs of some recent physical violence having been

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offended to it. I examined prisoner this morning and found that he was not suffering from any disease. From the appearance of the boy’s orifice I should say that penetration had been effected.

[Signed] WE Shrug.

Sworn at Sydney 16 August 1887.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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    Constable Walter Wright on oath states:–
    About 12.30 am today I was with Constable O’Dea in Elizabeth Street where we met a boy named Patrick Butler at the entrance to a passage. From what he told me we went up the passage where I saw prisoner who was standing against a wall with his trousers unbuttoned. The prosecutor also had his trousers unfastened. His shirt was out and he was fastening his trousers. O’Dea said to the boy “Tell us what

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has happened between this boy man and you.” Prosecutor said “The man met us in Elizabeth Street he said “Come here boy and I’ll give you two shillings. Come up the passage and I will show you. He took out his diddle and put it up my bum.” The prisoner made no reply to any of these statements

[Signed] W Wright.

Sworn at Sydney this 16th August 1887.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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    Michael Butler on oath states:–
    I am ten years of age and live with my fat parents at 4 Railway Place off Elizabeth Street. I met prisoner late last night in Elizabeth Street.  He said to me “I will give you two shillings.” I said “What for?” He said “Come up the lane and I will show you.” He took me to the end of a lane and unbuttoned my trousers front and back. He threw me down on my face and lifted up my shirt

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behind. He got on top of me. My brother who was with me was crying and I was going away when prisoner said “Don’t go away. Tell us when anyone is coming.” When he was on top of me he put his tiddle in my bum. It hurt me. The Constable came then and as soon as heard the Constable speak to my brother he jumped up. I was singing out and he said “Don’t sing out.” He was lying right on top of me. He was leaning against a wall when

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the Constable came up. The prisoner stayed at the top of the lane and the Constable came down with me and I then told him what the man had done to me.

[Signed] Michael Butler.

Sworn at Sydney 16 August 1887.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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    Patrick Butler states:–
    I am eight years of age and live with my father and mother at 4 Railway Place. I was with my brother late last night when we met prisoner in Elizabeth Street. He and my brother went up a lane together. Stayed at the end of the lane. Prosecutor told me to stop at the end of the lane and tell him who was coming. I heard my brother singing out. The Constable came and took the man to gaol. I saw my brother at the end of the lane. His trousers were unfastened I

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saw the Constable strike a match.

[Signed] Patrick Butler.

Sworn at Sydney 16 August 1887.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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

Statement of the Accused.

New South Wales, Sydney
TO WIT.                           }

Michael Reynolds stands charged before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the Colony aforesaid, this 16th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven for that he, the said Michael Reynolds on or about the 15th day of August instant at Sydney, in the said Colony, did attempt to commit the abominable crime of buggery upon one Michael Butler 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 cause to be read to him by me, the said Justice, (by/or) before whom such examination has bee 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 Michael Reynolds, and the witnesses for the prosecution being severally examined in his presence, the said Michael Reynolds 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 Michael Reynolds saith as follows:– “I have nothing to say.”

Taken before me, at Sydney, in the said Colony, the day and year first above mentioned.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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    Committed for Trial at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Sydney on 29 August instant.

Sydney 16 August 1887.
[Signed] J Buchanan, SM.

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

Recognizance to give Evidence.

New South Wales,
TO WIT.               }

Be it remembered, that on the 16th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven Michael O’Dea a Constable of the Police Force, Walter Wright a Constable of the Police Force in the Colony of New South Wales, 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 above mentioned persons shall fail in the condition indorsed.

[Signed] Michael O’Dea, Walter Wright.

Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first above mentioned, at Sydney in the said Colony, before me, [Signed] Cornelius Delohery,  CPS

The condition of the within written Recognizance is such, that whereas Michael Reynolds was this day charged before James Buchanan Esquire one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony, with attempting to commit the crime of buggery.

If therefore, they the before mentioned persons shall appear at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Darlinghurst in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 29th day of August instant at nine of the clock in the forenoon, and then and there give such evidence as they know, upon the information to be then and there preferred against the said Michael Reynolds for the offence aforesaid, to the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Michael Reynolds then the said Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] C Delohery, CPS.

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

Recognizance to give Evidence.

New South Wales,
TO WIT.                }

Be it remembered, that on the 16th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven James Butler of 4 Railway Place Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales, and acknowledged himself to owe Our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of 

FORTY POUNDS,

of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied on his Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if Michael Butler shall fail in the condition indorsed.

[Signed] James Butler.

Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first above mentioned, at Sydney in the said Colony, before me.
[Signed] C Delohery, CPS.

The condition of the within written Recognizance is such, that whereas Michael Reynolds was this day charged before James Buchanan, Esquire one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with attempting to commit the crime of buggery. If therefore, Michael Butler shall appear at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Darlinghurst in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 29th day of August instant at nine of the clock in the forenoon, and then and there give such evidence as he knows upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Michael Reynolds for the offence aforesaid, to the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Michael Reynolds. 

Then the said Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] C Delohery, CPS.

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

Recognizance to give Evidence.

New South Wales,
TO WIT.                }

Be it remembered, that on the 16th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven James Butler of 4 Railway Place Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, personally came before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New South Wales, and acknowledged himself to owe Our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of

FORTY POUNDS,

of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied on his Goods and Chattels, Lands and Tenements, to the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if Patrick Butler [sic] shall fail in the condition indorsed.

[Signed] James Butler.

Taken and acknowledged, the day and year first above mentioned, at Sydney in the said Colony, before me.
[Signed] C Delohery, CPS.

The condition of the within written Recognizance is such, that whereas Michael Reynolds was this day charged before James Buchanan Esquire one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, with attempting to commit the crime of buggery. If therefore, Patrick Butler shall appear at the next Court of Gaol Delivery to be holden at Darlinghurst in and for the Colony of New South Wales, on the 29th day of August instant at nine of the clock in the forenoon, and then and there give such evidence as he knows, upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Michael Reynolds for the offence aforesaid, to the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Michael Reynolds.

Then the said Recognizance to be void, or else to stand in full force and virtue.

[Signed] C Delohery, CPS.

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[On the depositions’ cover sheet is the following]

Central Criminal Court,
Sydney
29th August 1887
AG’s No. 129
Depositions.
CS’s No. 11
Regina
v.
Michael Reynolds
Attempt to commit sodomy
See with [initialled] B[ernard] R[ingrose] W[ise] AG
20.8.87
Committed at: Sydney
on: 16th August 1887

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(1) Sodomy s. 59
(2) Indecent assault

[Initialled] BRW AG
20.8.87
[sections] 59, 374, 60

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Justice MH Stephen’s notebook 9

128

[Central Criminal Court, Sydney] Monday 5 September 1887

Michael Reynolds   1. Sodomy  2. Indecent assault
Plea not guilty. 

    Michael Butler. 10 years old – live at Railway Place off Elizabeth [Street]. I have never seen that man before. I remember something being done to me at night – on a holiday – late at night – no one was with me, only my brother Patrick. Prisoner said I’ll give you 2 shillings. I answered him what for? He said come up the lane & I will show you – I was going along the street when he spoke to me. A lane where the tram stops. Between two houses – runs out to Elizabeth Street – I went with him to the corner of the lane. My brother came up with me all the way – He told my brother to watch if any one would come. My brother began to cry – went towards Elizabeth Street. He undone my trowsers front and back – he asked me to pull his “tiddle” – He said don’t be frightened. I did not do what he told me.

129

I was going down Elizabeth Street & he pulled me back and he threw me on my face – then he got on top of me and then he put his tiddle into my behind – I felt it – he put it right in – it hurt me – a policeman came to the bottom of the lane – I heard a policeman speaking – the prisoner jumped up – he left me laying on the ground – He did not say anything to me – he was lying on top of me. I was not very far from the street (about from here to the back). Prisoner was as near to the constable as I was. The constable asked my brother what he was sitting there for – then my brother told him that a drunken man had my brother up the lane – Prisoner was drunk. Then the policeman came up with my brother. The policeman said to me what was he doing to you. Prisoner was standing by me. Constable brought me to the bottom of the lane. Prisoner’s trowsers were hanging over. I saw his person before he did anything to me. Prisoner was trying to button up his trowsers when the constable came. (?) by me. I know what “person” means – same as “diddle”.

130

    Cross-examined. It was on a Monday. There was no way of getting out of the lane – small gate but it was locked. There were people passing the lane – a coffee stall up away by the cabs – dark night. You stood against the wall when the policeman came. There were two constables. I was at the top of the lane – my brother at the bottom. You were with me (shows how far off his brother was). The policeman told me to tell him I told the policeman that the prisoner told me to pull his tiddle all that the man had done to me. The policeman did not tell me to say that the man had (?) me on my face. The policeman told me to speak loud.

    Re-examined.

    Michael O’Dea. Constable. I remember in August last shortly after midnight on the morning of the 16th – on duty with Constable Wright – going along Elizabeth Street – we saw a boy on a door step crying – between Liverpool and Goulburn Streets – there was a passage – boy was sitting at the entrance – 3 or 4 yards wide. Passage leads to back entrance to two houses – no where else – Patrick

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Butler brother of last witness. He told me something & I went in the (?) striking a match when I saw the prisoner get up off the ground about 7 yards down the passage – he was turned towards me – front of his trowsers undone – his shirt was out – on seeing me he turned sharply round – & took a side step over in front of the boy Michael Butler – who had been standing behind him. Prisoner commenced to button up his trowsers. I went towards him – saw prosecutor there who was crying – his shirt was exposed & he was pulling up his trowsers, one hand behind one in front – I then asked the prisoner boy did the prisoner do any thing to him – prisoner standing by. Boy said yes, prisoner 10 met us in Elizabeth Street, came up and spoke to us, told us that he would give us 2/- to come up the lane & he would tell us what for when he got us there – he took me up the lane – he opened my trowsers – threw me down on my face – raised up my shirt behind and put his ------ into me – it hurted me – prisoner said nothing – he was sober – may have had some drink – slightly

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intoxicated – during the time that the boy was (making ?) the statement prisoner tried to get away and I sang out to the other constable to apprehend him. Then I took prisoner and the boys to the police station – I took the boy at 2 am to Dr Strong. 11 I charged the prisoner when I came back from the Doctor – at the Police [station] – I said Michael Reynolds I charge you with attempting to commit the crime of buggery. He said I be not guilty & in order to prove my innocence I have been suffering from a loathsome disease for some time past – & if I had any connection with the boy – he should have it. Same morning prisoner was examined by Dr Strong.

    Cross-examined.

    Walter Wright.  Constable. I was on duty 16th last month – early morning – I was with Constable O’Dea – I know Patrick Butler – I saw him – he was at the bottom of a passage in Elizabeth Street – he was still – appeared to be in trouble. O’Dea & I went up the passage – he struck a match & I saw the prisoner leaning against the wall with his trowsers front unbuttoned and disarranged. He was 7 yards up the lane. I saw Michael Butler, too – his trowsers were down, his shirt out – & he was pulling up his trowsers. O’Dea said – tell me boy what this man has been doing to you.

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The boy then said – he met me in Elizabeth Street and said come here boy who will give you two shillings – boy said what for? Prisoner said come up the passage & I will show you – he then pushed him over and put his “tiddle” up my “(?)” – prisoner was (arrested ?) (?) he (hadn’t ?) anything to say. He made no reply when O’Dea arrested the boy – Prisoner said don’t tell (his ?) boy. I told prisoner not to say anything but to let the boy tell …

    Cross-examined. You did not try to get away – O’Dea took the boys down the passage – and then brought them back to you. Some one (inside ?) had heard the boy (when ?) he had called out – coffee stall 30 or 40 yards.

    By Juror. The boy did not offer any explanation. He was crying. People living close by. Boys live some distance off.

    Re-examined. It was before the constable took the boys down the passage that the prisoner said don’t tell the boy.

    By me. The boy had no opportunity of offering an explanation before the constable spoke.

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    WE Strong. [sic] Police Surgeon. I (saw ?) Michael Butler. He was brought to me about 2 o’clock on the morning of the 16th – boy was crying & frightened – complained of being hurt. I examined his fundament. I found the membrane lining the orifice reddened and irritable – the orifice itself extremely dilated. Indications of some violence – My opinion is that there had been penetration quite recently – within a couple of hours – membrane irritable right inside the passage. I examined the prisoner at a later hour about ½ past 10 – I examined his private parts & found nothing the matter with him –

    Cross-examined.

Defence

    HI (Christen ?). Chemist I have seen prisoner. Dr O’Connor was in attendance on prisoner on 18 August in gaol. Treated for syphilis. I dispensed the medicines. I have no (personal ?) (knowledge ?) of the (crime ? case ?)

    Guilty of buggery – prisoner in court. Over.

134-5 [List of previous convictions.]

   CPC  August 77  Stealing  14 days
   Ditto  September 77  Ditto  1 month
   Sydney Q.S  August 78  Ditto  12 months
   CPC  September 77  Ditto  6 months
   WPC  March 81  Possession of stolen property  7 days
   CPC  6 August 71  Illegally using & obscene language  4 months
   CPC  February 82  Stealing  1 month
   CPC  May 83  Ditto  6 months
   ditto  January 84  Insufficient lawful means  1 month
   ditto  December 84  Drunk, obscene language, assault constable  2 months
   ditto  February 85  Suspicion of stolen property  3 months
   ditto  May 85  Larceny  6 months
   ditto  May 86  Stealing  5 months
   CPC  September 86  Exposed person  14 days
   WPC  November 86  Stealing  1 month
   ditto  December 86  Drunk & obscene language  1 month
   & other summary convictions for drunkenness
   8 years penal servitude - 1st whipping 25 lashes 20 September, 2nd 25, 4 October.

 

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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 6 Sep 1887 12

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice [MH] Stephen.)

    Mr Edmund Barton  conducted the prosecutor on behalf of the Crown.

JURORS FINED.

    The following were fined 60s. for non-attendance as jurors:– John William Hurst,  jeweller, 24 Windsor-street, Paddington; William Woolley,  warehouseman, New Cook’s River-road, Petersham; William Stokoe,  grocer, Charles-street, Petersham; Christopher Quinn,  storekeeper, Clifton-street, Balmain.

ALLEGED UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Michael Reynolds was arraigned upon an indictment charging him with having committed an unnatural crime on August 15. He was found guilty and remanded till to-day for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 6 Sep 1887 13

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.–
MONDAY.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice Stephen.)

    Mr E Barton conducted the prosecution on behalf of the Crown.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Michael Reynolds was found guilty upon an indictment charging him with having committed an unnatural offence. He was remanded for sentence.

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 7 Sep 1887 14

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice Stephen.)

    Mr Barton conducted the prosecutions on behalf of the Crown.

JURORS FINED.

    Christopher Quinn, William John Hurst and William Woolley were fined £4 each for non-attendance as jurors.

SENTENCE.

    Michael Reynolds, who on Monday was found guilty of having committed an abominable crime, was brought up for sentence. A formidable list of previous convictions for a variety of offences was read out against the prisoner. He was sentenced to be kept at penal servitude for eight years and to receive two floggings, each of 25 lashes, the first on September 20 and the second on October 4.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Sep 1887 15

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
TUESDAY.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice Stephen.)

    Mr E Barton conducted the prosecution on behalf of the Crown.

SENTENCE.

    Michael Reynolds, who was found guilty upon the previous day of having committed an unnatural offence, was sentenced to eight years’ penal servitude, and two whippings of 25 strokes each – the first to be administered on the 20th instant, and the second on the 4th October. There were a number of previous convictions against the prisoner.

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The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Sat 10 Sep 1887 16

News in Brief
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    At the Central Criminal Court, Michael Reynolds, for committing an unnatural offence, was sentenced to eight years penal servitude and two floggings of 25 lashes each.

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Michael Reynolds, Gaol photo sheet 17

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6048], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886-1887, No. 3949, p. 191-2, R5102.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 3949

Date when Portrait taken: 18th August 1887

Prisoner's Name: Michael Reynolds
(aka Michael Kennedy, Micael Sparks, Michael McNulty, Michael Adams)

Native place: BC Sydney

Year of birth: 1862

Arrived        Ship: 
in Colony }   Year: 

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Laborer

Religion: R Catholic

Education, degree of: R&W

Colour of hair: Br

Colour of eyes: Blue

Height: 5' 8½"

Weight     On committal: 142
in lbs     }  On discharge: 

Marks or special features:

Where and when tried: Sydney GD
15 September 1887

Offence: Attempted Buggery

Sentence: 8 years PS + 2 floggings of 25 lashes:
    1st 20 September 1887
    2nd 4 October 1887

Remarks: Guilty of Buggery

 

 (Previous Portrait ... 1913  ) 

PRISON HISTORY

Where and When Offence. Sentence

CPO

CPO

Sydney Q.S

CPO

WPC

CPO

WPC

CPO

WPC

CPO

Redfern PC

CPO

ditto

ditto

ditto

WPO

22

  6

  2

22

30

24

  2

  6

28

27

  9

16

26

  5

20

  4

  8

  9

  8

  9

  3

  6

  7

  8

12

  2

11

  1

  3

  4

  4

  4

1877

1877

1878

1879

1881

1881

1881

1881

1881

1882

1882

1883

1883

1883

1883

1883

Stealing

Stealing

Stealing 2 coats

Stealing

In possession stolen property

Drunk

Breach Cab Act

Illegally use a horse

Drunk & assault Constable

Stealing

Drunk

Breach of Transit

Steal from the person

Drunk

ditto

ditto

14 days C

1 month L

12 months L

6 months L

7 days L

7 days L

7 days L

4 months L

21 days C

1 month L

24 hours C

7 days C

Exam

7 days C

7 days C

4 days C

 


1    The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 15 Jun 1878, p. 7. Emphasis added.

2    The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 3 Aug 1878, p. 7. Emphasis added.

3    SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1913, pp. 170a, 170b, R5099.

4    SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6042], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1877-1879, No. 1925, pp. 182a, 182b, R5099.

5    The Daily Telegraph, Wed 17 Aug 1887, p. 3.

6    Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 17 Aug 1887, p. 6.

7    The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 17 Aug 1887, p. 11.

8    SRNSW: NRS880, [9/6748], Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, Sydney, Sep 1887, No 129. Emphasis added.

9    SRNSW: NRS7704, [2/7128], Judiciary, MH Stephen, J. Notebooks Criminal, 1886-1904, pp. 128-135. Emphasis added.

10  Mn: The man

11  Given as Shrug in transcript of depositions.

12  The Daily Telegraph, Tue 6 Sep 1887, p. 3.

13  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 6 Sep 1887, p. 4.

14  The Daily Telegraph, Wed 7 Sep 1887, p. 3.

15  The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Sep 1887, p. 5.

16  The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Sat 10 Sep 1887, p. 3.

17  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6048], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1886-1887, No. 3949, p. 191-2, R5102.