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1899, George Middleton and Peter Andrews - Unfit For Publication
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 13 Dec 1898 1

POLICE COURTS.
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    Committed for Trial.—At the Water Police Court yesterday in the Charge Division, before Mr GWF Addison, SM, a man named Peter Andrews, 50, a pantryman, and George Middleton, 58, a traveller, on remand, were jointly charged with attempting to commit a serious offence at Manly, on December 3, 1898. The accused, who reserved their defence, were committed for trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions. Bail allowed in £100, or two sureties of £50.

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Evening News, Fri 27 Jan 1899 2

QUARTER SESSIONS CASES.
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    The first court of quarter sessions of the present year will be commenced at Darlinghurst on Monday, before his Honor Judge Gibson. The following cases have been set down for trial:

    Peter Andrews and George Middleton, beastiality [sic];

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 1 Feb 1899 3

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
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(Before Judge Gibson.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

ATTEMPTED SODOMY

    Peter Andrews and George Middleton pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to commit sodomy between 8 and 9 o’clock on the night of December 3, at Manly. Three witnesses gave evidence, and, after an hour’s retirement, the jury came into court with a verdict of not guilty.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 1 Feb 1899 4

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Gibson.)

    Mr WL Merewether prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

ACQUITTED.

    Peter Andrews and George Middleton were charged with attempting to commit a serious offence. The jury retired for about two hours, returning with a verdict of not guilty. The foreman added “on account of insufficient evidence,” but his Honor directed him that no provisional verdict could be given. The foreman thereupon, with the consent of his fellow-jurymen, returned an unqualified verdict of not guilty. The accused were accordingly discharged.

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 13 Dec 1898, p. 3.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 27 Jan 1899, p. 4.

3     The Daily Telegraph, Wed 1 Feb 1899, p. 7.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 1 Feb 1899, p. 4.