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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 13 Apr 1910 1

LAW NOTICES.
Wednesday, April 13.

SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS.

    William Bowles, Larceny; William Edward Burcher, inflicting grievous bodily harm; Andrew Davidson, indecent assault; Joseph Frederick Reidy and Doris Furlong, stealing in dwelling and breaking out.

    Note.—Witnesses need not be in attendance until 10.30am.

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The Daily Telegraph, Thu 14 Apr 1910 2

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and jury.)

    Mr JN Mason, Crown Prosecutor.

Central Railway Station, Sydney. Formally opened 4 Aug 1906. Source: The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, Wed 8 Aug 1906, p.356. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Central Railway Station, Sydney. Formally opened 4 Aug 1906.
Source: The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, Wed 8 Aug 1906,
p.356. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

A PRACTICAL JOKE.

    A charge of indecent assault was preferred against Andrew Davidson, who pleaded not guilty. The accused and prosecutor [George Innes] were both employed as railway porters, and the assault was alleged to have taken place at the Central station. The accused said the whole affair was a practical joke. The jury found the accused guilty, adding a strong recommendation to mercy, in the belief that the matter really was a joke. His Honor said the recommendation would be entertained, and remanded Davidson.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 14 Apr 1910 3

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and juries.)

    Mr JN Mason acted as Crown Prosecutor.

RECOMMENDED TO MERCY.

    Andrew Davidson, charged with assault was found guilty, with strong recommendation to mercy on the ground that the offence was committed as a practical joke.

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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 19 Apr 1910 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and jury.)

    Mr W Bevan, Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCED.

    Andrew Davidson, who had been found guilty of an indecent assault, but who received the benent [sic] of a recommendation to mercy, the jury believing the assault to have been committed as a practical joke, was sentenced to six months’ hard labor in Goulburn Gaol. His Honor said that he could not quite follow the recommendation, but had taken it into consideration.

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Evening News, Tue 19 Apr 1910 5

PRACTICAL JOKING..
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RAILWAY PORTER IN TROUBLE.
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Arrival hall, Central Railway Station, Sydney, presumably the lavatory was situated here. Source: The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, Wed 8 Aug 1906, p.356. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Arrival hall, Central Railway Station, Sydney, presumably the lavatory
was situated here. Source: The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser,
Wed 8 Aug 1906, p.356. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    Andrew Davidson, who had been found guilty of assaulting George Innes in the lavatory at the Central Railway Station, Sydney, on February 8, was brought up at Darlinghurst Sessions yesterday afternoon for sentence.

    The accused and Innes were both employed in the railway service as porters, and the jury found Davidson guilty, with a strong recommendation to mercy, on the ground that they believed the assault was a practical joke.

    The accused was given a good character by a couple of witnesses, who had known him for many years.

    An official of the Railway Department stated that rumors had got afloat that practical joking of the nature described was regularly indulged in at the station. But he wished to give such statements an absolute denial. Nothing of the kind had ever occurred before.

    Mr Abigail said he thought his Honor had formed an opinion against the accused because of the nature of the offence.

    His Honor Judge Backhouse said he could not quite follow the recommendation of the jury; but he would, however, take it into consideration.

    Mr Abigail appealed to his Honor to treat the accused as a first offender; to dismiss from his mind the nature of the offence; and take into consideration the finding of the jury that the assault was a practical joke in fact. Davidson was only 19 years of age, and the fact that he had brought his mother almost to the brink of the grave was alone a severe punishment for him.

    His Honor said if he could see his way to fall in with Mr Abigail’s request he would certainly do so; but he could not. He, however, would only punish the accused for the offence of which the jury had found him guilty—playing a filthy practical joke.

    Davidson was sentenced to six months’ hard labor in Goulburn Gaol. In reply to Mr Abigail, his Honor said the accused’s father could petition tomorrow if he liked; but he (his Honor) would not make any promise.

    Mr Abigail requested his Honor to reserve certain points for the decision of the Supreme Court; but asked that they be withheld for the present.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 19 Apr 1910 6

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Backhouse and juries.)

    Mr W Bevan acted as Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCED.

    Andrew Davidson, who had been found guilty of assault, with a strong recommendation to mercy, on the ground that the assault was committed as a practical joke, was sentenced to six months’ hard labour in Goulburn gaol. His Honor declined to comply with the request of Mr JW Abigail that Davidson should be treated as a first offender.

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Andrew Davidson, Gaol photo sheet
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SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6075], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1910-1911, No. 11291, p. 4, R5114.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 11291

Date when Portrait was taken: 13-4-1910

Name: Andrew Davidson

Native place: Newtown, NSW

Year of birth: 21-6-1891

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: B.S

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Ex Railway Porter

Religion: Presbyterian

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 11"

Weight     On committal: 158
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Minus three teeth from upper and two teeth from lower jaw. Face pimply. Two scars above right kneecap

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

13

4

1910

Indecent assault on a male person

6 months H.L.

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 13 Apr 1910, p. 6. Emphasis added.

2     The Daily Telegraph, Thu 14 Apr 1910, p. 4.

3     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 14 Apr 1910, p. 6.

4     The Daily Telegraph, Tue 19 Apr 1910, p. 10.

5     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 19 Apr 1910, p. 7.

6     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 19 Apr 1910, p. 5.

7     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6075], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1910-1911, No. 11291, p. 4, R5114.