The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Wed 22 Jul 1896 1
DUBBO QUARTER SESSIONS.
Monday, July 20.
(Before his Honor Mr District Court Judge Docker and juries.)
Mr JHP Murray prosecuted for the Crown.
Mr GH Taylor, Deputy Sheriff, attended his Honor on the bench.
A SERIOUS CHARGE.
Alfred Patterson pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to commit an unnatural offence on a boy named Lawrence Joseph Taylor, [14 years of age] near Dandaloo, on 15th October last. The accused was defended by Mr CH Fitz-Gerald. The accused is a selector near Dandaloo, and the boy was in his employ for some months, and it was during this time that the offence was alleged to have been committed.
For the defence,
Charles McKinnon, of Derribong, said the accused went to work for him in May last year and settled up on August 19. The man came back at the end of August or early in September, and remained until October 31. During this time the accused was living on Derribong, and he was 35 or 40 miles from his selection. The boy Taylor was in the camp on the station.
Other witnesses were called as to the whereabouts of accused between August 19 and the end of that month.
The accused was sworn and denied the charge, and corroborated the testimony given by the witnesses called in his behalf.
The jury found the accused not guilty, and he was discharged.
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1 The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Wed 22 Jul 1896, p. 2. Emphasis added.