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The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News, Wed 15 Jun 1864 1

(Before the Police Magistrate and Jos Ward, Esq, JP .)

REFUSING DUTY.— Three seamen, belonging to the schooner Black Diamond, appeared before the Bench, charged by Captain Hayes, the master of the schooner, with refusing to sail on board the vessel after having signed articles. In answer to the charge, the men complained that the schooner was unseaworthy, and that Mr Scott, of the North Shore, who had surveyed the vessel, had reported to the same effect. The Bench advised them to return to their duty, and, in the meantime, inquiry should be made of M r Scott into the truth of their allegation.

INDECENT LANGUAGE.— William Murray was brought up before the Bench, charged with using indecent language, in Watt-street. Senior-constable Donohue deposed that, on Saturday evening, the prisoner, who was drunk, was using most indecent and offensive language in W att-street, and had, in addition committed an assault upon Mr Whit. The prisoner, who showed a great deal of levity, was sentenced to pay a fine of £3, or to be imprisoned for one month.

INDECENT EXPOSURE.— George Smith, a stockman, appeared to answer the charge of indecently exposing his person. Constable Griffin deposed to finding the prisoner at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning sitting on the step of a door asleep, in H unter-street, with his clothes all down, and his person exposed. At this time people were going to church. The Bench sentenced the prisoner to serve one month in Maitland gaol. 


1 The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News, Wed 15 Jun 1844, p. 2. Emphasis added.