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1876, Thomas Croker - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Wed 22 Nov 1876 1

NEWS OF THE DAY.
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LUST PUNISHMENT.

    At the Water Police Court, this morning a man named Thomas Croker, a tinsmith, was brought up on a charge of improper conduct on Moore Park. It was proved that prisoner had wilfully misbehaved himself to the annoyance of persons visiting the Park, and he was sentenced to six months hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol. For a similar offence on Randwick road he was dealt with in a like manner, but the sentences were made concurrent. It is to be hoped he will act as a deterrent to similar offenders.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 23 Nov 1876 2

WATER POLICE COURT.
WEDNESDAY.

BEFORE the Water Police Magistrate and Mr Senior.

    Five persons were fined for drunkenness.

    Thomas Croker was brought up on two charges of indecent exposure, and for each offence was sentenced to six months gaol.

    Robert Pringle and James Fraser, brought up on remand, were charged with stealing from a dwelling-house. Some further evidence was taken, and a further remand granted.

    SUMMONS CASES.—Before Messrs Josephson and Brown. On the summons sheets there were forty-three cases, of which fourteen were prosecuted by sub-inspector Johnson, twenty-five by sub-inspector Waters, and the rest by sub-inspector Anderson. William Layton was charged with casting filth into a watercourse at North Shore, for which offence he was fined 20s, with the alternative of seven days’ imprisonment. The evidence of George von Meyer went to show that on the 14th instant the defendant was in a lane at the back of his premises emptying cesspools from a terrace into the culvert or watercourse. The other cases were not of any public interest, and consisted of charges for using obscene language, for suffering animals to stray, for keeping unregistered dogs, and for throwing stones.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 25 Nov 1876 3

GENERAL NEWS.
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    At the Water Police Court, on Wednesday morning (says the Evening News) a man named Thomas Croker, a tinsmith, was brought up on a charge of improper conduct on Moore Park. It was proved that prisoner had wilfully misbehaved himself to the annoyance of persons visiting the Park, and he was sentenced to six months’ hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol. For a similar offence on Randwick road he was dealt with in a like manner, but the sentences were made concurrent. It is to be hoped it will act as a deterrment [sic] to similar offenders.

 


1  Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 22 Nov 1876, p. 2.

2  The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 23 Nov 1876, p. 7. Emphasis added.

3  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 25 Nov 1876, p. 11.