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Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 17 Jul 1897 1

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Lismore, Friday night.

AT the Quarter Sessions, in the charge against Charles Skinner, of Ballina, alleged cattle stealing, the jury failed to agree, and accused was bound over to appear at next Sessions. Patrick Carney, H Thompson and J Melrose pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a constable, and were remanded for sentence. Daniel Leo, an alleged offence of beastiality [sic] at Ballina, was acquitted. Elizabeth Margetts, alleged concealment of birth of a child at Casino, was acquitted. William Rowan, a lad, charged with forgery and uttering, was found guilty of forgery, and sentenced to three months hard labor, the judge refusing to deal with him under the First Offenders’ Act. A case of perjury is proceeding.

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The Northern Star and Richmond and Tweed Rivers Advocate, Sat 17 Jul 1897 2

LISMORE QUARTER SESSIONS.
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SECOND DAY—Thursday.

THE Court re-opened at 9 am before His Honor Judge Docker, with Mr RJ Browning Crown Prosecutor.

BEASTIALITY. [sic]

    Daniel Leo was charged with the above offence, alleged to have been committed in the stable of Webster’s Hotel in Ballina, on December 26th last.

    Accused pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr Sheridan.

    Jury: T Casey (foreman), A Herman, C Balzer, JT Daley, P Butler, sen, CW Clark, D Sherlocke, W Whitney, CJ McGee, M Dufficy, J Cumming, and J French.

    The evidence was generally of a character not fit for publication.

    Senior-Constable Thompson deposed to the arrest of accused on April 29.

    Henry Anger, groom at Webster’s Hotel, deposed to seeing accused committing the offence. He was not drunk. According to his evidence the offence was committed whilst witness walked about seven paces.

    Gilbert Corner, an aboriginal, corroborated the previous witness’s version.

    Steve Ruane and William Ruane gave evidence as to the ownership of the animal.

    Accused gave evidence on his own behalf. In the defence it was sought to show prejudice existed, it being alleged a charge of stealing £4 had been preferred against the principal witness Anger.

    Mr Sheridan made a strong appeal on accused’s behalf. He dwelt strongly on the unreliability of the principal witness’s evidence, also the time that elapsed during the committal of the alleged offence, which could only have been, from the evidence, about three seconds.

    After about three hours’ retirement the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and accused was discharged.

 


1     Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser, Sat 17 Jul 1897, p. 5. Emphasis added.

2     The Northern Star and Richmond and Tweed Rivers Advocate, Sat 17 Jul 1897, p. 2. Emphasis added.