The Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Wed 5 Feb 1896 1
BOURKE QUARTER SESSIONS.
Monday, February 3, 1896.
The Bourke Quarter Sessions were opened on Monday last, before Mr District Court Judge Gibson. Mr Bevan prosecuted for the Crown; and all the local solicitors were present. Mr Lynch, of Brewarrina, was also present.
Samuel Hummerston [aka Samuel Hummerstone] was charged with committing an unnatural offence [bestiality] at Wanaaring on November 18th.
Senior-Constable Burrows, on oath, deposed that at Wanaaring on the 18th November about dusk, he saw the accused in the yard of Page’s Victoria Hotel; accused was lying against the fence, on the outside of the yard; witness and another constable were on the outside; there saw accused commit the offence.
Constable P[atrick] A[rthur] C[ampbell] Mann corroborated the previous witness’ evidence.
For the defence.
Accused, [Samuel Hummerston] on oath, deposed that he arrived in Wanaaring on the 18th of November from his camp; while in Wanaaring he was drinking; he became drunk, and about sundown he started home for his camp; he felt sick and laid at the back of Page’s hotel; he was asleep some time; he woke up and was making water, when Burrows asked him what he was doing there; witness replied that he was making water; Burrows took him to the police station, and after a while charged him with the offence stated; he hadn’t seen the slut yet; he had never been before a Court before; he produced a character from Mr WW Davis, a JP and late MLA; witness wrote for it while awaiting trial.
The jury, after a retirement, returned with a verdict of intent, and His Honor addressing accused said that he did not intend to address him at any length; the jury had [text missing here] but he did not intend to do so; accused was a man who had evidently lost all self-respect. It was a most disgusting case. He then sentenced accused to 12 months imprisonment.
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Samuel Hummerstone, Gaol photo sheet 2
Gaol Photo Sheet - Transcribed Details
Date when Portrait was taken: 1-4-1896
Name: Samuel Hummerstone
Native place: W. Australia
Year of birth: 1850
Trade or occupation
Religion: Church of England
Education, degree of: R. & W.
Height: 5' 5¾"
Weight On committal:
Colour of hair: Brown
Colour of eyes: Hazel
(No. of previous Portrait ... )
|Where and When||Offence.||Sentence|
Attempted beastiality [sic]
12 months H.L.
1 The Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Wed 5 Feb 1896, p. 2. Emphasis added. One line of text missing.
2 SRNSW: NRS1998, [3/5960], Bathurst Gaol photographic description book, 1874-1930, No. 1091, p. 13, R5085.