The Tamworth News and Liverpool Plains and Gwydir Districts’ Advertiser, Fri 19 Jun 1896 1
Wednesday, June 17.
(Before His Honor Judge Coffey.)
Mr RJ BROWNING acted as Crown Prosecutor, and Mr LS Donaldson, PM, occupied a seat on the bench as Deputy Sheriff.
ALLEGED UNNATURAL OFFENCE.
Sydney Howard, a youth of about 17 years of age, was charged with the commission of an unnatural offence , [bestiality], at East Hill, near Manilla, on the 28th April.
The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr CJ Ross (Ross and Creagh).
Jury: WG Chaffey, HP Albertson, G Hodson, JG Grayston, EH Muggleton, A Cross, P Phelan, C Egan, GM Jarvey, JB Inches, S Jeffreys, GA Englert.
Accused challenged two jurors and the Crown one.
Reuben Jones, Henry Wallace King, [Edward] Beckett, and Senior-constable Sewell, gave evidence all of which was unfit for publication.
The jury found the accused not guilty, and he was discharged.
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The Tamworth Observer and Northern Advertiser, Sat 20 Jun 1896 2
(Before his Honor Judge Coffey.)
Wednesday, June 17.
Mr RJ Browning prosecuted from the Crown, and Mr LS Donaldson, PM, acted as Deputy Sheriff.
George Anton Englert was fined 40s for non-attendance as a juror.
A youth named Sydney Howard, 18 years of age, was charged with attempting to commit an abominable offence at East Hill, near Manilla, on the 28th April last.
Mr CJ Ross appeared for accused, who pleaded not guilty.
Jury: WG Chaffey, HP Albertson, G Hodson, JG Grayston, GH Muggleton, A Cross, P Phelan, C Egan, GM Jarvey, JB Inches, S Jeffreys, and GA Englert.
The prisoner challenged 2 jurymen, and one was asked to stand aside by the Crown.
Evidence was given in support of the charge by Reuben Jones, John Wallace King, Edward Beckett, and Senior-constable Sewell, and accused [Sydney Howard] gave evidence on his own behalf.
The evidence was unfit for publication.
The jury retired, and shortly afterwards returned with a verdict of not guilty.
Accused was discharged.
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Evening News, Thu 25 Jun 1896 3
CONSIDERABLE amusement was caused in court at the quarter sessions at Tamworth last Wednesday, during the trial of the Frenchman, Wassette, on a charge of wounding Michael Ward, by the manner in which a colored witness named Boston gave his evidence (says the local paper). Asked by the Crown Prosecutor whether Ward was drunk or sober on the night of the quarrell, he replied, “Well, he was a little, you know, that way,” at the same time giving a knowing look at judge and counsel. Further questioned as to how he knew Ward was drunk, he gave his reason that he had never seen him sober. “He is one of those laboring persons, you know,” said Boston confidentially to the Crown Prosecutor, “and when they get a few shillings they are never satisfied until they fill themselves up.” When Mr Liebius proceeded to cross-examine Mr Boston, after a question or two had been put the colored gentleman caused prolonged laughter by the innocent manner in which he said, “This gentleman (meaning the judge) has got it all down, it’s not a bit of good; I’ll only have to tell you the same story all over again.”
1 The Tamworth News and Liverpool Plains and Gwydir Districts’ Advertiser, Fri 19 Jun 1896, p. 3. Emphasis added.