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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 14 Feb 1885 1

POLICE.
———◦———


    At the WATER POLICE Court

    A rough-looking fellow named Thomas Donnelly, was yesterday fined £3 for using obscene language in Charles-lane, Woolloomooloo, on the 5th instant. A more serious charge of assaulting Constable Davis arose out of the arrest of the prisoner for the first offence. When the policeman went into the prisoner’s house to arrest him he got a flat iron bar about 18 inches long and an inch and half broad, and struck the policeman four or five times violently on the head, wounding him severely; the iron bar broke over David’s head, the constable closed with him, and with the assistance of some neighbours, the prisoner was handcuffed; Constable Davis lost a great deal of blood, and was laid up for four days, and is still suffering from the assault; the prisoner was described by the neighbours as a very rough character; on the day of the assault the prisoner’s wife was in hiding from his threatened violence. The prisoner was committed for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 17 Mar 1885 2

CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.—
MONDAY.
(Before his Honor Mr Justice INNES.)

    Mr WJ Foster and Mr Gibson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

WOUNDING WITH INTENT TO DO GRIEVOUS
BODILY HARM.

    Thomas Donnelly, an elderly man, was charged with having, on the 5th February last, maliciously wounded one Edwin Davis, a police-constable, with intent thereby to do grievous bodily harm. A second count charged the prisoner with having wounded the said Edwin Davis, thereby to prevent lawful apprehension.

    The prisoner was undefended.

    The evidence showed that on the date in question the constable went to arrest the prisoner in Charles-lane, for having used obscene language. The prisoner, on observing the constable approach, ran into his own house; he subsequently appeared at the door, and calling to the constable, said, “I have got something for you.” The constable went up to him, whereupon the prisoner drew a bar from behind him and struck the constable violently on the head, inflicting two or three very serious wounds; the neighbours subsequently assisted the constable, and the prisoner, who behaved in a very violent manner, was handcuffed and taken to the lockup. The evidence was conclusive. The medical testimony showed that the wounds inflicted were true wounds, and that for two days the prosecutor was in a very dangerous condition from the effects of the injuries received. The jury, after having heard the evidence and his Honor’s summing up, found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude.

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Thomas Donnelly, Gaol photo sheet
 3
 

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6047], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1885, No. 3291, p. 21, R5101.

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 3291

Date when Portrait was taken: 21-2-1885

Name: Thomas Donnelly

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: 1842

Arrived       Ship: Susanna Cuthbert
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Labourer

Religion: R Catholic

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 6"

Weight     On committal: 152
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features:—

Where and when tried: Sydney CC
16 March 18885

Offence: Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm

Sentence: 7 years P.S.

Remarks:

 

 (No. of Previous Portrait ... ) 

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPC

ditto

ditto 

  4

24

13 

  8

12

  2 

1884

1884

1885 

Drunk

Threatening

Obscene language

48 hours C

1 month C

2 month C

  


 

Thomas Donnelly, 1896

 

The Daily Telegraph, Tue 4 Feb 1896 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
(Before Judge Backhouse.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

CASES FOR TO-DAY.

    Peter Didrickson, stealing; John Birch and Thomas Anderson, stealing; Frederick Powell, assault with intent to rob; William Hague, stealing; Thomas Donnelly, assault.

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The Maitland Daily Mercury, Thu 13 Feb 1896 5

TO-DAY’S TELEGRAMS.
————
(Press Telegraph Association.)

SYDNEY
AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME.

    A middle-aged man named Thomas Donnelly was found guilty at the quarter Sessions to-day of a fearful offence, and was remanded for sentence.

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The Daily Telegraph, Fri 14 Feb 1896 6

QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
(Before Judge Backhouse.)

    Mr Merewether prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

SSERIOUS OFFENCE.

    Thomas Donnelly was found guilty of an unnatural offence, [bestiality] and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, with hard labor.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 14 Feb 1896 7

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
THURSDAY.
(Before his Honor Judge BLACKHOUSE and juries.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

ABSENT JURYMEN.

    Alexander Graff and James Smith were each fined £2 for non-attendance as jurors.

A SERIOUS OFFENCE.

    Thomas Donnelly was charged with committing a serious offence. He was found guilty, and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

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Thomas Donnelly, 
Gaol photo sheet
 8

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6059], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1895-1896, No.6568, p. 117, R5106. Emphasis

 


Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details

No. 6568

Date when Portrait was taken: 24-1-1896

Name: Thomas Donnelly

Native place: Ireland

Year of birth: 1841

Arrived       Ship: Fiery Star
in Colony }   Year: 1861

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Labourer

Religion: R Cath

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 3½"

Weight     On committal: 149
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black (Bald)

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features: Female on inside right forearm. Top of right thumb jammed. Scar on top of head, and right eyebrow

 

 (No. of previous Portrait ... 3291 Darlinghurst)

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

WPC

ditto

ditto

Sydney CC.
 

WPC

ditto

ditto
ditto

ditto

ditto

Sydney Q.S.

  4

24

13

16

15

  6

27
27

20

18

13

  8

12

  2

  3

  4

  1

  6
  6

11

  3

  2 

1884

1884

1885

1885

1891

1892

1892
1892

1893

1895

1896 

Drunk

Threatening

Obscene language

Wounding with intent to do
grievous bodily harm

Indecent language

Obscene language 

Drunk 
Obscene language

Drunk and disorderly

Drunk

Attempted Beastiality [sic]

48 hours C

1 months C

2 months C


7 years PS (Trial Bay 15-10-1887)

21 days C

2 months C

7 days C        |
2 months C    | Accumulative

3 days C

3 days C

18 months H.L.

 


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 14 Feb 1885, p. 11.

2   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 17 Mar 1885, p. 5.

3  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6047], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1885, No. 3291, p. 21, R5101.

4  The Daily Telegraph, Tue 4 Feb 1896, p. 3. Emphasis added.

5  The Maitland Daily Mercury, Thu 13 Feb 1896, p. 3.

6  The Daily Telegraph, Fri 14 Feb 1896, p. 2.

7  The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 14 Feb 1896, p. 3.

8  SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6059], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1895-1896, No.6568, p. 117, R5106. Emphasis added.