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Gunnedah Advertiser, Thu 26 Oct 1899 1

[GUNNEDAH] QUARTER SESSIONS.
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(Before His Honor Mr Judge Gibson.)

    The Court opened at 10am to-day. Mr Bevan was again the Crown Prosecutor. The profession was represented by Mr H Hogarth and JI Links, of Gunnedah, and Mr JN McDonald, of Narrabri.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    Walter Harper, on bail, charged with having attempted to commit an unnatural offence, [bestiality], at Boggabri. On the application of the Crown Prosecutor the case was adjourned in consequence of a material witness being unable to attend being in the Gunnedah Hospital. Mr McDonald appeared for the defence, and applied for the renewal of the bail which was granted, and executed at once.

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The Namoi Independent and Advertiser, Thu 26 Oct 1899 2

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Thursday, October 26.
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(Before His Honor Judge Gibson)


    Walter Harper for a bestial offence, pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr J McDonald (Narrabri) the case was remanded to March 1, on account of a material witness being in the Hospital.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 27 Oct 1899 3

COUNTRY QUARTER
SESSIONS.
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Gunnedah, Thursday.

    The Quarter Sessions took place here to-day before Jud Gibson. Mr Bevan was Crown Prosecutor. The case against Walter Harper, charged with a serious offence was adjourned till next sessions. Edwin Chapman, a youth of about 14, pleaded guilty to stealing a letter containing £1 from a mail bag, and was sentenced to 12 months, the sentence to be suspended under the First Offenders’ Act. Patrick Macmanus, for horse-stealing, was found guilty, and was sentenced to three years’ hard labour. William Riley and Florence Riley were charged with having made a false declaration as to the age of the latter when getting married. They pleaded guilty. The girl was discharged, and Riley was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, with hard labour.

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Evening News, Sat 28 Oct 1899 4

GUNNEDAH SESSIONS.
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    GUNNEDAH, Friday.—The Gunnedah Quarter Sessions opened on Wednesday, before his Honor Judge Gibson. Walter Harper, on bail, was charged with having committed a shocking offence at Boggabri. A remand was granted by the Crown, as an important witness was unable to attend, being confined in the hospital. The former bail was allowed.

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The Namoi Independent and Advertiser, Thu 1 Mar 1900 5

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Thursday, March 1.
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(Before His Honor Acting-Judge Browning.)

    The legal profession were represented by Messrs W Bevan (Crown Prosecutor), J Gannon, A Thomson (barristers). H Hogarth, JI Links and I McDonald (Narrabri) (solicitors).

    Walter Harper for an unnatural offence was defended by Mr J McDonald, of Narrabri, but owing to a principal witness being sick, the case was again postponed.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 3 Mar 1900 6

PRIMITIVE METHODIST CONFERENCE.
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Gunnedah, Friday.

    Edward Grace, at the Quarter Sessions to-day, was acquitted on a charge of sheep-stealing. George Grace was found not guilty of stealing sheep and wool packs, but guilty of wool-stealing, and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, and to provide a recognisance for his good behaviour for three years. In the case of Walter Harper, charged with a serious offence, the jury was dismissed.

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Evening News, Mon 5 Mar 1900 7

GUNNEDAH SESSIONS.
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    Gunnedah, Monday.—The Gunnedah Quarter Sessions were opened on Thursday, before Acting-Judge Browning. The following cases were dealt with:

    Walter Harper was charged with an unnatural offence at Boggabri. The jury in this case was unable to agree, and the prisoner was bound over in his own recognisance to appear at the next court of quarter sessions if called upon. The business of the District Court on Friday was extensive, His Honor sitting until midnight.

 


1     Gunnedah Advertiser, Thu 26 Oct 1899, p. 2.

2     The Namoi Independent and Advertiser, Thu 26 Oct 1899, p. 2.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 27 Oct 1899, p. 8. Emphasis added.

4     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Sat 28 Oct 1899, p. 3.

5     The Namoi Independent and Advertiser, Thu 1 Mar 1900, p. 2.

6     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 3 Mar 1900, p. 14. Emphasis added.

7     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 5 Mar 1900, p. 3.