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Barrier Miner, Fri 12 Apr 1889, p.2.

 

Barrier Miner, Sat 13 Apr 1889, p.2. Emphasis added.


The Circuit Court.
 
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MR CANE, the Sheriff’s Officer, is making all the necessary arrangements for the opening of the Circuit Court in the Carrington Hall on Tuesday morning. His Honor Judge Stephen, accompanied by his associate, Mr Edgar, will arrive by the train from Adelai­de which reach­es this town on Tuesday morning soon after midnight.

    All jurors summoned are required to be in the seats reserved for them in the hall by the hour th court opens, so that no delay may occur in swearing them. A formidable looking sealed parcel “OHMS” has reached the local courthouse, which is taken to contain the depositions in the cases for trial. In the arrangement of the court chamber, a departure from the usual disposition of the dock will be made by having it against the wall to the right of the judge. The jury-box and witness-box will be on the opposite side of the chamber, and the legal fry will be accommodated at a table placed end-on to the judicial dais, while the Press will sit at a table near to the judge and on his left hand. The south end of the hall will be allowed to the general public.

 


The Black List.

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THERE are 16 criminal cases down for trial at this Circuit Court to be opened here by Judge Stephen on Tuesday. The names and accusations are as follows:— Robert Cleghorn, murder; Charles May, arson; William Edward Ingram Hammon­d, criminal libel; Joseph Herbert Nixon, larceny as a bailee; William White, uttering a counterfeit coin; Thomas Simpson, maliciously wounding; Charles Scrimshaw, attempting to commit suicide; Francis Jones, cattle stealing; John Thomas, bestiality; Charles Roffey, attempted arson; John Gray, bestiality; George Owen Reynell, larceny from the person; Michael Bakey, manslaughter; Denis Trinidad, burglary; Charles Clarke, maliciously wounding his wife; James Bosance, attempted suicide. White is in the local hospital, having suffered an attack of typhoid fever; Simp­son, a one-armed man, and Roffey have been spending in Silverton gaol the interval since committal, while Gray and Reynell are in the local cells. The rest of the accused are on bail. Scrimshaw and Gray were committed from the Silverton Police Court, and all the others by the Broken Hill bench. No persons for trial are expected from Wilcannia or Wentworth, they having been committed in each case to the forthcoming quarter sessions in those places.

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    Mr RB Wise, who will prosecute for the Crown at the local Circuit Court next week, will, after fulfilling the duties here, proceed to Wilcannia to speak in the free-trade interest. 

 

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Barrier Miner, Wed 17 Apr 1889 1

CIRCUIT COURT.
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CRIMINAL CALENDAR.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16.
(Before His Honor Judge Stephen).

BESTIALITY.

    To this horrible offence, committed at Thackaringa on January 28, a youth named John Gray  pleaded guilty. He was sent to Wentworth gaol for 12 months.

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The Silver Age, Wed 17 Apr 1889 2

CIRCUIT COURT.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 16.
(Before his Honor, Mr Justice Stephen.)

The first Circuit Court held in Broken Hill was opened yesterday morning in the Carrington Hall 3 by his Honor Mr Justice Stephen. Mr Gower who had been authorised to act as sheriff, occupied a seat on the bench. Mr RB Wise conducted the cases for the Crown, advised by Mr Norrie, of the Crown Solicitor’s department. Messrs Cockshott, Sydney, and Symon, Adelaide, represented the bar, and an array of the local solicitors also occupied seats at the table.

AN ABOMINABLE CRIME.

    John Gray, a youth, was charged with attempting to commit bestiality at Thackaringa on January 28. He pleaded guilty, and as this was the first offence he was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment with hard labor in the Wentworth gaol.

 


1  Barrier Miner, Wed 17 Apr 1889, p. 2.

2  The Silver Age, Wed 17 Apr 1889, p. 2.

3  Carrington Hall is directly opposite the current Broken Hill courthouse.