The Illawarra Mercury, Sat 18 Aug 1888 1
[WOLLONGONG] QUARTER SESSIONS.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17.
(Before the Chairman, his Honor Judge McFarland.)
Mr Butterworth prosecuted for the Crown, the Clerk of the Peace (Mr Beaver) being in attendance, as was also the Sheriff (Mr Cowper).
The legal profession was represented by Messrs Buchanan and Bennett (barristers), and Messrs Woodward, Lipscomb, and Russell (solicitors).
John Bryson was charged with having, at Wollongong, on the 15th instant, committed an unnatural offence.
Mr Russell for prisoner, who pleaded not guilty.
Jury: M Madden, JF Hurth, G McPaul, WH Swan, AB Staff, J Tratt, TG Dobinson, J O’Donnell, C Plimmer, J Larkins, W Taylor, and WM Cook.
The Crown Prosecutor stated the case, and evidence was given by Moses Driver, Constable [Robert] Streatfield, and Thomas John Earl.
Prisoner made a statement to the jury denying his guilt.
Mr Russell addressed the jury, and his Honor having summed up, the jury retired at half-past 6 o’clock, returning into Court at half-past 8 with a verdict of not guilty, and prisoner was discharged.
The Court rose at 9 o’clock.
1 The Illawarra Mercury, Sat 18 Aug 1888, p. 2. Emphasis added.