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1885, Joseph Edwards - Unfit For Publication
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The Pastoral Times, Sat 6 Mar 1886 1

DENILIQUIN QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 4.
(Before His Honour Judge Forbes.)

BESTIALITY.

    Joseph Edwards was charged with bestiality and pleaded not guilty. 

Tocumwal courthouse, now the police station, opened c. 1893. Photo: Peter de Waal
Tocumwal courthouse, now the police station, opened c. 1893.
Photo: Peter de Waal
Tocumwal courthouse’s decommissioned cell. Photo: Peter de Waal
Tocumwal courthouse’s decommissioned cell.
Photo: Peter de Waal

    The following jury was sworn:—WH Crowe, WH Hooper, R Sands junr, FH Mayger, F Gallaway, R Irving, CE Varcoe, J Marsh, WH Turner, WH Allanson, and WJ Everitt.

    Charles Saunders deposed that he was living on Tuppal Creek. Saw the prisoner on the 11th December last at Mr Howard’s. 2 Before that witness was driving on the road and saw a boy with a mare. (The further evidence of the offence is unfit for publication). Could not recognise the boy. Then went to Howard’s and spoke of the matter. Told him about the offence. The boy said that he passed witness on the road. Witness denied it. Could not say if it was the same boy he saw near the mare. Was about 150 yards away from the boy where he was first seen. Could not swear the mare outside the court was the one he saw at the log with the boy.

Tuppal creek near Tocumwal. Photo: Peter de Waal
Tuppal creek near Tocumwal. Photo: Peter de Waal

    Jonathan Howard deposed prisoner was in his employ on the 11th December last. Had some talk with the last witness and then sent for the boy. The boy would not come. When he subsequently came up Saunders said that was the boy he saw on the log. He could not identify the mare.

    Senior-Constable [Albert Benjamin] Burman deposed that he picked up the whip produced near the log where Saunders saw the prisoner. The prisoner claimed the whip as Mr Howard’s and said he lost it as he was jumping the log. The prisoner’s tracks were identical with those alongside the log. The horse tracks alongside the log corresponded with those of the mare outside the court. Then arrested the prisoner.

    The prisoner was found not guilty and discharged.

 


1  The Pastoral Times, Sat 6 Mar 1886, pp. 2, 3. Emphasis added.

2  The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, (NSW), Fri 23 Dec 1898, p. 16.

DISTRICT NEWS.
Tocumwal.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Monday, December 12.                                                                                                                                                                                        


       An old Tocumwal identity in the person of Mr Joseph Howard has just sold out his property at Bullock Creek in the Parkes district, and is returning to his old home at East Charlton in Victoria to settle down for life on his own property. Tocumwal owes much of its progress to Mr Howard. It was he who started the agitation for a bridge here. It was through his efforts also that a bank was first opened here, and he has a claim on a good many bricks in St Peter’s Church. He’s a real pushing, go-ahead fellow is Mr Joe Howard.”