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The Goulburn Herald, Wed 24 Sep 1862 1

Monday—September 22.

BEFORE his Honor Mr Justice Milford.

    The Goulburn circuit court opened on Monday last, at ten o’clock, before Mr Justice Milford, with a calendar of some twenty cases. Mr Butler prosecuted on behalf of the crown, assisted by Mr Fraser, from the crown-solicitor’s office. Clerk of arraigns, Mr R Milford. Professional gentlemen present—Barristers, Mr Holroyd and Mr Windeyer; attorneys, Mr Walsh and Mr Gannon. Mr James Macarthur, PM, had been appointed deputy sheriff, but owing to the illness of that gentleman the duty was performed by Mr HH Voss, JP.


    Henry Goodsell pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with the commission of an unnatural offence upon the body of a mare, near Braidwood, on the 20th August last. Prisoner was defended by Mr Windeyer; attorney, Mr Walsh.

    The evidence for the prosecution appeared very direct, but on the part of the defence it was shown, according to the evidence of Dr Waugh, that prisoner was physically incapable of effecting the crime charged. The capital charge was accordingly abandoned, and the question left to the jury was, whether or not prisoner was guilty of the attempt.

    After a brief deliberation, the jury found prisoner guilty of the attempt, and he was sentenced to two years’ hard labour on the roads or other public works of the colony.


1  The Goulburn Herald, Wed 24 Sep 1862, p. 4. Emphasis added.