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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 10 Nov 1887 1

(By Telegraph.)
(From Our Own Correspondent.)

Casino, Wednesday.

    The Quarter Sessions were concluded on Tuesday night. T Stapleton, P Stapleton, and P Kinnife, charged with several cases of cattle and horse stealing, were, on the application of Mr Norrie, remanded till next court, on the ground that the prisoners had not had time to procure witnesses or prepare their defence. Judge Murray at first agreed to grant the prisoners bail, but afterwards, in consequence of representations made by a large number of local magistrates, he cancelled the order.
    J Sheehan, charged with stealing cedar log, was acquitted.
    J Lawson, charged with robbing a jeweller’s shop at Ballina, was acquitted.
    W King was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for robbing a store at Tweed River Heads.

    Two elderly men, named R[ichard] Johnson, [aka Johnston], [charged with committing an unnatural offence upon William Wilson, 16 years of age], and W Carroll, were found guilty of an indecent assault, and were sentenced to three and five years’ penal servitude respectively. Judge Murray severely commented on the bad character of the general arrangements in the courthouse, and especially the size of the dock, the acoustic properties of the room, &c.

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The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, Fri 11 Nov 1887 2


THIS Court opened at Casino before His Honor Judge Murray on Tuesday last. Mr Harris was Crown Prosecutor, and Messrs Gordon, O’Mara, and Fitzhardinge were also present.

    We are indebted to a correspondent for the following information in regard to cases tried:—

    [Richard] Johnson, from Murwillumbah, for an unnatural offence, was also found guilty and sentenced to three years penal servitude.

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Northern Star, Sat 12 Nov 1887 3

(Original and Extracted).

    The District Court Sittings commenced on Thursday morning, and will probably last until Saturday, there being sixteen defended cases yet to hear.
    His Honor Judge Murray is looking much better, and is patient and punctual, as usual.
    There is, also, a full attendance of barristers and solicitors.
    Full particulars of the proceedings in our next issue.
    Senior-sergeant Sharpe leaves Lismore for Inverell, on this day (Friday.
    He will be succeeded by Senior-sergeant Wells, from Glen Innes.
    The cases heard at the Casino Court of Quarter Sessions, should have been tried at Lismore, as they came from the lower portion of the district.
    However, it is stated that the residents of the Tweed River will have their own District Court, next years.

    Messrs F Norrie and FB Gully were sworn in as Justices, and congratulated, by Judge Murray, at Casino this week.

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Richard Johnson, Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6049], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1887-1888, No.4022, p. 18, R5102.

Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 4022

Date when Portrait was taken: 25-11-1887

Name: Richard Johnson

Native place: England

Year of birth: 1847

Arrived       Ship: Not known
in Colony }   Year: 1866

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Sugar Boiler

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: RW

Height: 5' 4¼"

Weight     On committal: 153
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: 

Where and when tried: Casino Q.S.
8 November 1887

Offence: Indecent assault

Sentence: 3 years Roads


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Where and When Offence. Sentence








1   The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 10 Nov 1887, p. 8. Emphasis added.

2   The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, (NSW), Fri 11 Nov 1887, p. 4.

3   Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), Sat 12 Nov 1887, p. 2.

4   SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6049], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1887-1888, No.4022, p. 18, R5102.