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1909, William Fairn - Unfit For Publication
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The Daily Telegraph, Fri 2 Apr 1909 1

QUARTER SESSIONS.
———
(Before Judge Murray and juries.)

    Mr Herbert Harris, Crown Prosecutor.

BOUND OVER.

    William Fairn, a middle aged man, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having on January 29, indecently assaulted James [or William] Cleary. The offence was alleged to have been committed at the Criterion Theatre.

    The jury found a verdict of guilty on the second count of common assault.

    His Honor said he could not understand the verdict. The accused should either have been found guilty of the more serious offence, or acquitted altogether. He bound the accused over in the sum of £50, to appear for sentence when called upon.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 2 Apr 1909 2

METROPOLITAN QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before his Honor Judge Murray and juries.)

    Mr Herbert Harris, Crown Prosecutor.

ASSAULTS.

    William Fairn pleaded not guilty to a charge of seriously assaulting a male person, and also to a charge of common assault. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on the charge of common assault only.

    His Honor said he failed to see why the jury did not find the accused guilty of the more serious offence or acquit him altogether.

    Fairn was bound over to appear for sentence when called upon.

 


 
William Fairn, 1914


    [Unfortunately no newspaper reports of William Fairn’s 1914 trial could be located.]

 

William Fairn, Gaol photo sheet 3

SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6087], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 3 Sep 1914-31 Dec 1914, No. 13924, p. –.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 13924

Date when Portrait was taken: 15-10-1914

Name: William Fairn

Native place: England

Year of birth: 29-11-1868

Arrived       Ship: Ophir
in Colony }   Year: not known

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } General useful

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R and W

Height: 5' 4½"

Weight     On committal: 123
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: scar on inside right wrist right thumb nail injured, top of left forefinger injured pale mole left cheek

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Central PC

14

10

1914

Attempt Indecent assault on
a male person

6 months HL

Fined at Water PC this year same name

 


1     The Daily Telegraph, Fri 2 Apr 1909, p. 8.

2     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 2 Apr 1909, p. 5.

3     SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6087], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 3 Sep 1914-31 Dec 1914, No. 13924, p. –.