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1890, William Cohen - Unfit For Publication
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The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Tue 4 Feb 1890 1

LOCAL & GENERAL NEWS.
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YASS COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1.
(Before Colonel Chisholm, PM.)

POLICE COURT.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25.
Before Messrs H Saxby, and William Grovenor, JsP.


    On Thursday, January 30th before Messrs H Saxby and NT Collins, JsP, William Cohen was charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence.

    Constable J[ohn] Hyland [from Gunning] deposed to arresting prisoner on the charge, a short distance from the Jerrawa railway platform, at which place the offence was attempted.

    The prosecutor, a boy aged 10 years, and named Oliver Gamfield, gave evidence as to the nature of the offence.

    Henry Holston, stationmaster at Jerrawa, also gave evidence against the prisoner.

    Prisoner, in defence, made a statement, in which he endeavoured to show that he never made an attempt whatever to commit the crime with which he was charged.

    Prisoner was then committed to stand his trial at the Yass Quarter Sessions, to take place on the 5th February next. Bail of £200 in one, and two sureties of £100 each, was allowed, but not being forthcoming prisoner was removed in custody.

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Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Thu 6 Feb 1890 2

YASS QUARTER SESSIONS.

    THE Yass Quarter Sessions were held on Wednesday before Judge Fitzhardinge. There were only three cases. William Geale, for a breach of the Marriage Act, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to be imprisoned till the rising of the Court. Phillip Mallon, for shooting at a Chinaman, was found guilty, and received seven years. William Cohen, for indecent assault, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment.

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The Burrowa News, Fri 7 Feb 1890 3

YASS QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THE Yass Quarter Sessions opened on Wednesday before His Honor Judge Fitzhardinge.

    William Cohen was charged with indecently assaulting a male person (a boy.) Prisoner pleaded not guilty and was undefended. The Crown Prosecutor handed in a statement made by prisoner after his arrest. In summing up His Honor directed the jury that if they believed the prisoner’s statement they must bring in a verdict of [not] guilty, and if they believed the evidence of the boy they must bring in a verdict of guilty. Prisoner was found guilty. Letters from P Clancy and T Clancy were read giving prisoner a good character, and His Honor said he would deal leniently with prisoner as it was his first offence, and sentenced him to 12 month’s hard labor in Yass gaol.

    This concluded the business of the court.

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The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 7 Feb 1890 4

LOCAL & GENERAL NEWS.
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YASS QUARTER SESSIONS.

THIS court opened on Wednesday, before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. Colonel Chisholm represented the sheriff, and Mr Addison was Clerk of Arraigns.
    Mr Dawson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown, and the other legal gentlemen present were Messrs [text illegible here] solicitors.

BREACH OF THE MARRIAGE ACT.

    William Geale was charged with having, on the 8th January , 1890, unlawfully married one, Mary Ann Owen, without having first her father’s written consent, she being at the time under the age of 21 years.

    Mr Brennan appeared for the accused, who pleaded guilty.

    Mr Dawson lucidly explained the circumstances of the case, and said that it was with reluctance the Registrar General ordered the information to be filed. It was a technical offence.

    In answer to His Honor, Mr Brennan called,

    Senior-constable Madden as to the character of the accused, who deposed he had known him for nine years, and he had always been a hardworking, industrious young fellow, and he knew nothing against him.

    Inspector Brennan knew the accused from childhood, and he always bore a good character.

    Prisoner was sentenced to be imprisoned till the rising of the court at midday.

INDECENT ASSAULT.

    William Cohen was charged with having at Jerrawa, on the 29th January, 1890, committed an assault on a boy, ten years of age.

    Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.

    The evidence was unfit for publication. The witnesses called were constable HylandOliver GramfieldHenry Hattson, and the mother [Mrs Gramfield] of the boy.

    The jury retired at 9 minutes to 1 o’clock, and the court was adjourned until 15 minutes to 2 o’clock.

    Upon the re-opening of the court the jury were brought out, and returned a verdict of guilty against the prisoner.

    In reply to the usual question prisoner had nothing to say. Two certificates of character were read from the Messrs Clancy and the judge said, as nothing was known against the prisoner, and as that was his first offence, although a serious one, he would deal leniently with him. The sentence of the court was that he be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in Yass Gaol for 12 months, and his Honor said he hoped the leniency of the sentence would not make the prisoner forget the peril he had placed himself in.

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Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Sat 8 Feb 1890 5

INDECENT ASSAULT AT
JERRAWA.

At the Yass Quarter Sessions on Wednesday William Cohen was charged with indecent assault. Prisoner pleaded not guilty.

    Constable Hyland, Oliver Gamfield [aka Gramfield] (a lad 10 years of age, on whom the offence was committed), Henry Hotston, [aka Hattson], and Matilda Gamfield having given evidence.

    The Crown-Prosecutor handed in a statement made by the prisoner after his arrest.

    Prisoner, who had no witnesses to call, addressed the jury, he hopped they would consider that the offence was alleged to have been committed in broad daylight, and at a public railway station, and that he meant no harm to the boy.

    In summing up His Honor directed the jury that if they believed the prisoner’s statement they must bring in a verdict of not guilty, and if they believed the evidence of the boy they must bring in a verdict of guilty.

    The jury retired to consider their verdict, and the court adjourned till a quarter to 2 o’clock.

    His Honor resumed his seat on the bench about 2 o’clock, and the jury returned with a verdict of guilty against Cohen.

    Letters from P Clancy and T Clancy were read giving prisoner a good character, and His Honor said he would deal leniently with prisoner, as it was his first offence, and sentenced him to 12 months’ hard labour in Yass gaol.

    Prisoner shed tears and said it would be a lesson to him as long as he lived.

    His Honor: I hope so, and to others inclined as you were.—Tribune.

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Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 15 Feb 1890 6

YASS.

February 10.

    QUARTER SESSIONS.—This court was opened here on the 5th instant before Judge Fitzhardinge; Colonel Chisholm represented the sheriff. Mr Addison was clerk of arraigns; and Mr Dawson prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. The following were the case: William Seale, charged with having unlawfully married Mary Ann Owen without the written consent of her parents, she being under age, was sentenced to be imprisoned till the rising of the Court. Philip Mallon, charged with shooting with intent a Chinaman, at Binalong, was sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude. William Cohen, charged with assaulting a boy ten years of age at Jerrawa, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment in the Yass Gaol. Mr Gerald Murray Clarke Massey, of Gundaroo, was sworn in as a magistrate by Judge Fitzhardinge.

 


1   The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Tue 4 Feb 1890, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2   Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Thu 6 Feb 1890, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3   The Burrowa News, (NSW), Fri 7 Feb 1890, p. 2.

4   The Yass Courier and General Advertiser, Fri 7 Feb 1890, p. 2. Emphasis added.

5   Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Sat 8 Feb 1890, p. 6. Emphasis added.

6   Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 15 Feb 1890, p. 16. Emphasis added.