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1891, Jack Irving - Unfit For Publication
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Northern Star, Sat 28 Feb 1891 1


    Before the Police Magistrate, Dr Bernstein, and Messrs D McDonald, R McKenzie, and JE Glasgow, J’sP.


    An aboriginal named Jack Irving was charged with beastiality [sic]. Accused appeared to be a youth of about 20 years of age. After hearing the evidence of Thomas McDonald and Constable Brennan from which it appeared the alleged offence was committed at Tucki, accused, who had nothing to say, was committed to Grafton Gaol, there to take his trial at the forthcoming Circuit Court, to be held on the 20th of April.

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Northern Star, Wed 29 Apr 1891 2


Grafton, Tuesday.

    The Assize Court opened to-day before his Honor Judge Windeyer, with Mr Gordon ass Crown Prosecutor.
    David Silva, for maliciously wounding at Cudgen, was remanded to next sessions at Lismore, the Crown not being prepared to go on with the case.
    Jack Irvine [aka Jack Irving], an aboriginal charged with beastiality [sic] at Tucki Creek, was acquitted.
    James Davidson, for assaulting Charles Parker at Casino, was sentenced to two months hard labour.
    Geo Gaskni, for the manslaughter of his wife at Wardell, was sentenced to three months’ hard labour.
    The case against Denis Hinchy, for maliciously wounding Constable Rogers at Coraki, is now proceeding.
    Mr O’Ryan, instructed by Mr McIntosh, of Lismore, is defending the last two cases.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner, Sat 2 May 1891 3


THIS Court opened on Tuesday, before his Honor Judge Windeyer. Mr Gordon acted as Crown Prosecutor, and the other members of the legal profession present were—Messrs RJ Browning, JG O’Ryan, BR Wise, Garland, barristers; Messrs G Foott, J Meillon, F Norrie, RR Donaldson, F McGuren, JC McIntosh (Lismore), R Jenkins (Maclean), solicitors. Mr Garran acted as Judge’s associate. Mr Frazer was present from the Crown Solicitor’s office.

    Jack Irving, an aboriginal, was arraigned for bestiality at Tucki Creek, Richmond River. Accused pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Wise, instructed by Mr Norrie.
    Jury—George Cox, E Hockey, JR Taylor, Wm Smith, Wm C Attwater, W Ford, AW Barnier, J Quinn, jun, W Goodger, J Bowen, C Walsham, G Crispin.
    Evidence by the prosecution was given by Thos McDonald, Constable Brennan, and Sergeant Evans, but the details are unfit for publication. The jury, after a retirement of 4 minutes, found a verdict of not guilty, and accused was discharged.


1     Northern Star, Sat 28 Feb 1891, p. 2.

2     Northern Star, Wed 29 Apr 1891, p. 3. Emphasis added.

3     Clarence and Richmond Examiner, Sat 2 May 1891, p. 3.