The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 16 May 1873 1
WATER POLICE COURT.
BEFORE the Water Police Magistrate, and Messrs Oatley, Charlton, Evans, Palmer, and Smithers.
Eight persons found drunk in the streets were severally fined.
Ann Behan, who was fined 10s for drunkenness, was also charged with using obscene language in Essex-street, and was ordered to pay an additional penalty of 20s, in default ten days’ imprisonment.
Edward Tracey was brought before the Court in custody, charged with attempting to, commit an unnatural offence, and was remanded until to-morrow.
David Shadrack, chief officer of the ship British Commodore, appeared on remand for assaulting one of the seamen, named George Dadd, upon the high seas, and was committed to take his trial at the present sittings of the Criminal Court.
William Liddell, 12, and James Liddell, 10, were brought before the Court on Wednesday, charged with habitually wandering about the streets, in no lawful ostensible occupation, and were ordered to be sent on board the training ship Vernon.
Susan Wilkinson, apprehended for protection, was certified to be insane, and was ordered to be sent to the receiving house for lunatics.
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Empire, Mon 19 May 1873 2
WATER POLICE COURT.—Friday.
(Before Messrs Cowper, WPM, Hale, Brown
Charlton, Levy, and Lester.)
WATER POLICE COURT.—Friday.
(Before Messrs Cowper, WPM, Hale, Brown,
Charlton, levy, and Lester.)
Henry Toy was charged, by warrant, with obtaining curtain goods, to wit, a ton of scrap iron value L5, by false pretences, from Sun Kum On, with intent to defraud. The case was remanded until Wednesday next.
Thomas Israel, a Fijian, was charged with stealing a pair of trousers value L1, the property of J Wheeler. Prisoner elected to be summarily dealt with.
Complainant stated that on Easter Monday night the trousers produced were safe in his father’s yard, Rushcuutter’s Bay. Missed them on the following day. On Thursday saw the prisoner wearing the trousers. Told him that they belonged to me. Prisoner said, “if so he could have them.” In reply to the usual questions, prisoner said that he picked up the trousers on the beach at Watson’s Bay, and not knowing who they belonged to, he put them on. He certainly did not steal them.
The bench cautioned the prisoner, and discharged him.
William Wars was charged with stealing a coat, value 5s, the property of John Logue. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and elected to be dealt with by the bench.
Complainant said the coat produced was his property. Saw it safe on Thursday evening, at the Charing Cross Hotel, Waverley. Prisoner was there, and after he had gone missed the coat. Gave information to the police, and prisoner was found with the coat in his possession.
Prisoner, who is an old offender, was sent to Darlinghurst gaol for six months.
Edward Tracey, a seaman of HMS Clio, was brought up on a charge of attempting to commit an unnatural offence. The evidence not being sufficient, to convict the prisoner, he was discharged.
Louisa Wallace, a little girl 6 years of age, was brought up for protection, supposed to be of unsound mind, the case was dismissed.
Captain McDermott, of the Dover Castle, was summoned by John Hartling, for being indebted to him in the sum of L9 for wages.
Mr Greer appeared for the defendant.
The bench ordered the captain to pay the amount.
1 The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 16 May 1873, p. 2. Emphasis added.
2 Empire, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 19 May 1873, p. 3. Emphasis added.