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1879, Henry Bennett - Unfit For Publication
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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 31 Oct 1879 1


    At the CENTRAL POLICE COURT, yesterday, the Bench in the Crime Court was composed of Messrs Penfold, Stanley, Connell, Martin, and Wells; and in the Summons Court of Messrs Smithers, Lester, Beaumont, Wynn, and Mitchell.

    Frederick JG Smith was charged with having fraudulently obtained from John Wilson, by means of a false pretence—i.e, a worthless cheque—goods to the value of £20. Prosecutor, a draper and clothier, carrying on business in George-street, Sydney, deposed that he was not personally acquainted with the prisoner until he saw him in custody, but prior to the 21st September last year had forwarded goods to him at Port Macquarie, his order being accompanied by post-office orders in payment for the goods; about the 21st September last year he received by post an order for goods, signed in the same way, and the signature alike, with a cheque (produced) dated 19th September, 1878, drawn on the Commercial Bank, Kempsey, for payment of £20; he send the goods,, not doubting but that the cheque was good, and paid the cheque into the ES and A Chartered Bank for collection; some weeks afterwards the cheque was returned, unpaid. Alfred Humphrey, manager of the Kempsey branch of the Commercial Bank; the cheque produced, and the order, are both in the prisoner’s handwriting; the cheque was presented for payment, but was not paid; he never had so much as £20 to his credit, and at that time no more than about £2. Robert Cumming also identified the writing as that of the prisoner. Committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.

    Henry Bennett was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on conviction of having wilfully and indecently exposed himself on Hyde Park.


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 31 Oct 1879, p. 7. Emphasis added.