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1882, Frederick Legen - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Fri 31 Mar 1882 1


Parramatta, Friday.

    Frederick Legon, [aka Frederick Legen, Frederick Ligean], a married man, residing at Rookwood, employed at the Meat Preserving Company, was charged at the Police Court to-day with beastiality [sic]. Mr James Montgomery, station-master at Auburn, was the principal witness. The prisoner was remanded for a week.

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Evening News, Sat 8 Apr 1882 2


Parramatta, Thursday.

    Frederick Leger, on remand, charged with bestiality, was committed to take his trial at the Criminal Court.

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Evening News, Tue 9 May 1882 3


    At the Darlinghurst Criminal Sessions yesterday

    Frederick Legend, [sic] a Frenchman, was acquitted on an indictment charging him with an unnatural offence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 9 May 1882 4

(Before His Honor Sir GEORGE INNES.)

    The Attorney-General, with Mr Healey, prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.
    The court opened at 10 am.


    Frederick Legiau, an Italian, was charged with the commission of an unnatural offence, at Rookwood. He was defended by Mr O’Ryan, instructed by Mr Fitzgerald. After a lengthy deliberation the jury returned a verdict, with which his Honor the Judge expressed his concurrence, of not guilty, and the accused was discharged.

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 10 May 1882 5

(Before Sir George Innes.)

    The sittings of the Central Criminal Court commenced at Darlinghurst Court House this day. The Hon R Wisdom, Attorney-General, assisted by Mr PJ Healy prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

    Eighteen cases were set down for trial, and the offences were as follows:—Murder, 3; attempted murder, 1; manslaughter, 1; unlawfully wounding, 1; burglary, 1; conspiracy to defraud, 2; forgery and uttering, 3; unnatural offence, 2; fraudulent insolvency, 4. No pleas of guilty were recorded.

    ACQUITTAL.—Frederick Legend [sic] was acquitted on a charge of having committed an abominable offence, at Auburn, on the 30th March last. The particulars of the evidence were of too revolting a nature to publish. Mr O’Ryan, instructed by Mr Fitzgerald, defended Legend.


1  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 31 Mar 1882, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 8 Apr 1882, p. 3.

3  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 9 May 1882, p. 3.

4  The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 9 May 1882, p. 7.

5  The Daily Telegraph, Thu 17 Nov 1881, p. 4. Emphasis added.