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Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter, Sat 6 Dec 1873 1

POLICE COURT.
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(Before the Police Magistrate and Mr FA Tompson, JP.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 4.

    DRUNKENNESS AND OBSCENE LANGUAGE.—Jeremiah O’Brien, charged with being drunk and using obscene language in a public place, pleaded guilty to both charges, and was fined £2, or in default one month’s imprisonment. The prisoner was further charged with wilfully and obscenely exposing his person, and was sentenced for this offence to six month’s imprisonment in Wagga Gaol.

    LARCENY.—Jeremiah O’Brien, the prisoner to whom the Magistrates dealt out the above punishment, still further claimed their attention upon a charge of stealing a tin of coffee, the property of Mrs Johnstone. From the evidence of Constable Cullen it appeared that the prisoner had the tin of coffee in his possession when arrested for drunkenness, and Charlotte E Johnstone, daughter of Mrs Johnstone, deposed that prisoner came into the shop and purchased some lollies for which he did not pay. He then misconducted himself so that witness left the shop to call her mother, and on her return she missed the coffee. Prisoner having elected to be dealt with summarily, was fined £1, or in default one month’s imprisonment.

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Wagga Wagga Express and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, Sat 6 Dec 1873 2

POLICE COURT.
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THURSDAY, DEC. 4.
(Before the Police Magistrate.)

    DRUNKENNESS AND OBSCENE LANGUAGE.– Jeremiah O’Brien was fined £2, or in default one month in gaol for drunkenness and using obscene language when in that state.

    EXPOSURE.– The same defendant was sentenced to six months for exposure of person.

    LARCENY.– Jeremiah O’Brien, upon a third charge, was brought up charged with larceny. It appeared that the prisoner went into the store of Mr Johnstone, Fitzmaurice-street, and asked a little girl for a 1s worth of lollies, for which however he did not pay. He then committed the offence with which he was charged as above, and the girl went out in front of the shop. The police found the coffee in the prisoner’s possession when they arrested him for drunkenness, and Mrs Johnstone’s daughter identified it as her mother’s property. Prisoner was fined £1, and in default of immediate payment sentenced to one months’ imprisonment.

 


1  Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter, (NSW), Sat 6 Dec 1873, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2  Wagga Wagga Express and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser, (NSW), Sat 6 Dec 1873, p. 2.