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1879, William Wheatley - Unfit For Publication
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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 16 Aug 1879 1

GRAFTON POLICE COURT.
TUESDAY, AUGUST, August 12.
BEFORE the Police Magistrate and Mr A Johnson, JP.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13,

    Before the Police Magistrate.

    William Wheatley was brought before the court charged with beastiality [sic], [with a mare ], having been apprehended by Constable Biffin. Remanded for 8 days for production of warrant, which was issued at Casino.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Tue 19 Aug 1879 2

GRAFTON POLICE COURT.
MONDAY, AUGUST 18.

    BEFORE the Police Magistrate.

    William Wheatley, on remand, was—after hearing the evidence of Constable Biffin, who produced the warrant issued for his apprehension by the Casino Bench—further remanded to Casino.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Thu 14 Oct 1879 3

CIRCUIT COURT, GRAFTON.

    Notice is hereby given that a CIRCUIT COURT will be holden at the Court House, Grafton, on the 15th day of October next, before his Honor Mr Acting-Justice Dowling, when all magistrates, Jurors, Witnesses, and other persons concerned are required to attend.

RUSSELL DOWLING, Clerk of Assize.

    District Court, Sydney,
    23rd September, 1879.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 18 Oct 1879 4

GRAFTON CIRCUIT COURT.

    The Court opened on Wednesday before his Honor Acting-Judge Dowling.

    Mr WW Tarleton attended as Crown Prosecutor, Mr Russell Dowling acted as Clerk of Assize, and Mr JF Willane attended from the Crown Solicitor’s office.

    The only member of the bar present was Mr J Want, and the following solicitors were also in attendance during the day:—Messrs F Norrie, EC Laman, JK O’Meagher, G Foott, and J Meillon.

    The names of the jury having been called, they answered with the exception of four—W Noud. John C McKee, John Connor, and William Connor. It was stated the former had changed his residence. In the second case John McKee appeared, who had received the summons, but was told he could go away again. In the two latter cases the defaulting jurymen were each fined 40s.

    The usual proclamation against vice and immorality was then read.

BEASTIALITY. [sic]

    W Wheatley was then placed in the dock as previously arraigned.

    The following jury was placed in the box:– CS Mansfield (foreman) D McFarlane, Thomas Berry, W Bultitude, A Livingstone, Denis McMahon, Herbert Eggins, jun. Andrew Bailey, S McKinnon, G Blanch, P Quinlan, George Buchanan.

    The Crown Prosecutor asked that all boys and females should be ordered to leave the Court. 

    Mr Want said in appearing in this case he wished it to be understood that the he only did so to watch the case, and not to defend the prisoner. There was a good deal of difference, and he wished his position to be clearly understood.

    The Crown Prosecutor spoke of the enormity of his crime, which he said was a capital one. He said he would, under the circumstances, speak little of the facts, but would the witnesses to speak for themselves; and would be glad if his learned friend could convince them that it was a case for acquittal.

    The following witnesses were examined:—Constable [John Thomas] Biffin, AC Simpson, and Henry James. The evidence was quite unfit for publication.

    Mr Want addressed the jury.

    The Crown Prosecutor did not reply.

    His Honor summed up with a strong leaning towards an acquittal.

    The jury retired, and the Court adjourned at 1.10 pm until 2 pm.

    Previous to resuming, the jury announced that they were agreed, and his honor attended to receive their verdict, which was one of acquittal. The prisoner was then discharged.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Tue 25 Nov 1879 5

GRAFTON POLICE COURT.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22.

BEFORE the Police Magistrate.

    W Wheatley was brought up charged with being drunk and disorderly, and was fined 10s or 3 days in gaol. The fine was paid.

 


1  Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 16 Aug 1879, p. 2.

2  Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Tue 19 Aug 1879, p. 2.

3  Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Thu 14 Oct 1879, p. 3.

4  Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 18 Oct 1879, p. 4. Emphasis added.

5  Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Tue 25 Nov 1879, p. 2.