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1883, William Smith - Unfit For Publication
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 2 Apr 1883 1


    Mr Dillon, SM, presided on the Bench in the charge court on Saturday morning.

    A number of cases of drunkenness were dealt with.

    William Smith was charged with having indecently assaulted one David Braithwaite.  From the evidence taken it appeared that on Friday night the lad, David Braithwaite was seated on the kerbstone in Elizabeth-street, near Hay-street, waiting for a tram, when the accused came to him and asked the lad about his father and mother, and offered him 2d to go with him. He took the lad into the Belmore Gardens,  where he attempted to commit a capital offence on him, but the lad resisted, and Constables Lewis and Glanville, who had watched the man from behind the fence, jumped out and captured him. The accused was committed to take his trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

    Eleanor Armstrong was charged with having attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself in front of a tram motor whilst it was in motion. From the evidence taken it appeared that on the 23rd January last, in Elizabeth-street, the accused was seen to throw herself on the tram line in front of a motor. The driver was unable to stop the motor, and it struck the woman on the hip. She was taken to the hospital, where it was found that she had been injured on the hip and had slight paralysis. She was under the influence of alcohol when admitted. She was committed to take her trial at the Quarter Sessions to be held on the 2nd April. 

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The Daily Telegraph, Thu 5 Apr 1883 2

(Before Mr District Court Judge Dowling.)

    Mr PJ Healy acted as Crown prosecutor.

    The following is a list of the cases for trial to-day:—Martin Shower, larceny; Samuel Baldry, inflicting grievous bodily harm; Anthony Sutton, larceny; Bernard Ryan and others, larceny; Michael Sheedy, stealing in a dwelling; Catherine Patterson, attempt to commit suicide; William Smith, indecent assault; Isabella Finn, stealing from the person.

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Evening News, Fri 6 Apr 1883 3


    At the Quarter Sessions, yesterday, the following cases were disposed of:—William Smith, indecent assault, 12 months;

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 6 Apr 1883 4

(Before his Honor Judge Dowling.)

    Mr PJ Healy prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.


    William Smith, charged with indecently assaulting a boy named Daniel Braithwaite, in Belmore Park, on the 30th March, was found guilty, and sentenced to 12 months’ hard labour in Goulburn gaol.


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 2 Apr 1883, p. 3. Emphasis added.

2  The Daily Telegraph, Thu 5 Apr 1883, p. 4. Emphasis added.

3  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 6 Apr 1883, p. 3.

4  The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 6 Apr 1883, p. 7.