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1863, James Wilson - Unfit For Publication


Empire, Fri 20 Feb 1863 1



    The Orange Quarter Sessions closed yesterday, Judge Cary passed a well-merited censure on the Forbes Bench, through whose shameful negligence, in the taking of depositions, the ends of justice were defeated in several instances. The Judge enumerated all the cases in question.

    Trooper [James] Wilson, who committed an indecent assault on a married woman named Avery, residing at the Pinnacle, was sentenced to two years hard labour. The Judge said he was sorry he could not give him ten times more, as the case against the prisoner was incontrovertible, and displayed an amount of calculating villainy only expected to be found amongst old criminals.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 21 Feb 1863 2


Before Henry Cary, Esq, Chairman.
    The calendar contained a list of twenty-two case. [sic]
    Mr Chambers conducted the prosecutions.

    Archibald Munroe, Thomas Berry, and John Murray, charged with stealing in a dwelling-house, above the value of five pounds, were found guilty of simple larceny, and sentenced to three years’ hard labour on the roads.
    Milliam [sic] Marshall, found guilty of horse stealing, was sentenced to five years’ hard labour on the roads.
    George Ryan was acquitted, on a charge of stealing a saddle and bridle.
    James Ward was found guilty of stabbing William Callaghan with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and sentenced to three years’ hard labour on the roads.
    William Johnson, found guilty of stealing three dozen crimean shirts from a shop in Forbes, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment in Bathurst gaol, with hard labour
    Charles Meales, and Ellen Meales committed on a charge of causing the death of an infant child through neglect, were discharged without trial, on the motion of the Crown Prosecutor.
    A Chong and A Long, two Chinaman, were acquitted on a charge of horse-stealing.
    James Moore, charged with stealing a horse, the property of Keiran Cummings, was defended by Mr Lee, and acquitted.


    James Wilson, charged with an indecent assault on a married woman, was found guilty, and sentenced to two years’ hard labour on the roads. Mr Lee conducted the defence.


1  Empire, Fri 20 Feb 1863, p. 5.

2  The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 21 Feb 1863, p. 5. Emphasis added.