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1898, Gustave Denhz - Unfit For Publication
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The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 7 Jan 1898 1

NOTES ON CURRENT EVENTS.
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    A GRAVE CHARGE.—A man named Gustav Dehpz [aka Gustave Denhz] was charged with a very serious offence on Tuesday last at the police court. He was committed for trial at the quarter sessions.

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The Albury Daily News and Wodonga Chronicle, Fri 28 Jan 1898 2

JUDGE ROGERS.
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    Judge Rogers, who had a distinguished career at the bar, and subsequently displayed marked ability as President of the New South Wales Land Court, promises to be no less successful in his higher sphere of intellectual activity. It is stated in Sydney that the intention is to appoint Judge Rogers to the Supreme Court Bench. Such a move would be generally approved of by those who have observed his gentleman’s capacity in his present position. There is probably no man in the colony better equipped by ability and the other essential qualifications to grace the Supreme Court Bench, which, it is to be regretted, is not so richly burdened with distinguishing ornaments as it might be. Judge Rogers is keen in grasp and observation, dignified in demeanor, thoughtful for the feelings of those around him, unaffected by that too common judicial assumption of profundity of intellect which renders the possessor oblivious of all the minor affairs of the Court, and at the back of it all he is a sound lawyer, and, rarer quality still, a gentleman in the best sense of the term. Judge Rogers’s ability and bearing in the Albury Court yesterday, and to-day greatly impressed the spectators and those having business with the Court, and with such a man on the bench there need be no fear of a lack of wholesome respect for the law.

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The Albury Daily News and Wodonga Chronicle, Tue 1 Feb 1898 3

ALBURY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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(Before His Honor Judge Rogers).

    Crown Prosecutor: Mr H Harris.

THIS DAY.
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ALLEGED UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

Gustave Dehig [aka Denhz, Denlz, Denz] pleaded not guilty to a charge of committing an unnatural offence at Jindera on January 1. Accused, who was lately employed as groom at a Jindera hotel, was defended by Mr White, instructed by Mr Robson.

    The jury were Messrs O Coghlin, DS Watson, P Mullavey, JJ Kennedy, R Fullerton, A Quinn, AJ Nichols, P Frauenfelder, L Winzer, J Daley, SF Crisp, J Barlow.

    Mr Harris said he did not think, speaking as the Crown representative, that there was sufficient evidence on which to convict on the whole charge, but he could be convicted of an attempt to commit the offence alleged against him.

    After an hour’s retirement the jury announced that they could not agree.

    His Honor said it was a very simple case. They only had to use there common sense on the facts. He really did not see why they should not accept the statement of the prosecutor. He thought they ought to have no difficulty in dealing with that matter.

    The jury again retired, and returned into court with a verdict of guilty of an attempt, with a strong recommendation to mercy. The prisoner was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment with hard labor.

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The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 4 Feb 1898 4

ALBURY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Friday, January 28.
(Before Mr District Court Judge Rogers.)

Tuesday, February 1.

A GRAVE CHARGE.

    Gustave Denz was charged with an unmentionable offence. Mr White, instructed by Mr Robinson, appeared for the defence.

    The jury found the prisoner guilty of intent with a strong recommendation to mercy.

    He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment with hard labor.

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The Albury Border Post ... masthead. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
The Albury Border Post ... masthead. Reproduction: Peter de Waal


The Albury Border Post and Wodonga Advertiser, Fri 4 Feb 1898
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ALBURY QUARTER SESSIONS.
Tuesday, February 1.
Before His Honor Mr Justice Rogers and juries of 12.
Crown Prosecutor, Mr Harris.

BESTIALITY.

    Gustave Dehnz [aka Denhz], charged with bestiality at Jindera, pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr White (instructed by Mr Robinson.)

    The jury returned a verdict of “Guilty of intent,” with a strong recommendation to mercy on account of his previous good character.

    Prisoner sentenced to four months’ imprisonment with hard labor.

 


1     The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 7 Jan 1898, pp. 22, 23.

2     The Albury Daily News and Wodonga Chronicle, Fri 28 Jan 1898, p. 2.

3     The Albury Daily News and Wodonga Chronicle, Tue 1 Feb 1898, p. 3.

4     The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 4 Feb 1898, pp. 24, 26.

5     The Albury Border Post and Wodonga Advertiser, Fri 4 Feb 1898, p. 12.