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The Illawarra Mercury, Tue 7 Jun 1898 1

QUARTER SESSIONS.

    The Court of Quarter Sessions opens this morning, at 10 o’clock, before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. The following is the calendar:— George Lane, assault with intent; William John Miller, unnatural offence; John Carver, forgery; J Rawle, malicious damage to property; — Gilbert, stealing grain. In the last mentioned case it is stated there are 36 witnesses to be examined.

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The Illawarra Mercury, Thu 9 Jun 1898 2

[WOLLONGONG] QUARTER SESSIONS.
Tuesday, June 7.
(Before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge.)

    Mr J Armstrong prosecuted for the Crown, Mr HS Bingle, CPS, acted as Clerk of the Peace, the Sheriff being represented by Lieut Col Chisholm, PM.

Wednesday, June 8.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William John Miller was charged with having, at Albion Park, on the 17th March, committed an unnatural offence.
    Mr Butler for accused, who pleaded not guilty.
    Jury: William McKenzie, Matthew Reen, John Shipp, JP Galvin, Robert Cochrane, Alfred Wood, James O’Donnell, JS Reid, Thomas Mulgrave, James Dean and Lewis Parsons.
    The case was heard with closed doors.
    Evidence was given by John O’Brien, John Leslight, Charles Gilmore, John Horniman, Constable Bray, Dr Bateman, accused [William John Miller], James Bernard Wessburgh, and Robert McCommon.
    Mr Butler addressed the jury on behalf of accused.
    His Honor having summed up, the jury retired.
    The jury retired at 11 o’clock, and not having agreed at the rising of the Court they were locked up for the night.

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The Illawarra Mercury, Sat 11 Jun 1898 3

QUARTER SESSIONS.
Thursday, June 9.
(Before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge.)

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William John Miller was charged with having, at Albion Park, on 19th [sic] March, committed an unnatural offence.

    Mr Butler for accused, who pleaded not guilty.

    The jury having been locked up all night without arriving at a verdict were discharged. Before they left the box the foreman expressed their thanks to the officers of the Court for their attention during the time they had been locked up.

    Accused was remanded to the next sitting of the Court, or such other time and place as the Attorney-General might appoint, bail allowed, himself in £50, and one surety in a similar amount.

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The Illawarra Mercury, Tue 11 Oct 1898 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.

    The Court of Quarter Sessions opens this morning, at 10 o’clock, before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge. The following is the calendar:—William John Miller, unnatural offence;

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 12 Oct 1898 5

COUNTRY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Wollongong, Tuesday.

    The Court of Quarter Sessions opened to-day before Judge Fitzhardinge. Mr Armstrong acted as Crown Prosecutor. Frederick Bowes, charged with making a false declaration, was found not guilty, and was acquitted; and William John Miller, charged with an unnatural offence, was also acquitted. Mr Thomas Cook, of Mount Pleasant, and Mr Alexander Lang, of Balgownie, were sworn in as justices of the peace.

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The Illawarra Mercury, Thu 13 Oct 1898 6

QUARTER SESSIONS.
Tuesday, Oct 11.
(Before his Honor Judge Fitzhardinge.)

    Mr J Armstrong prosecuted for the Crown, Mr HS Bingle acted as Clerk of the Peace, and Lieut-Col. Chisholm, PM, represented the Sheriff.
New Magistrates.

    Alexander Lang and Thomas Cook were sworn in as magistrates of the territory.

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    William John Miller, was charged with committing an unnatural offence upon John O’Brien, at Albion Park, on the 17th March.

    Mr Lysaght for accused, who pleaded not guilty.

    Jury: John Williams, WH Swan, DF Radkin, Robert Barker, William Sutton, Edward Kelly, Charles Hore, Laurence Carr, JH McDonough, Samuel Cutcher, Bernard Gillen, Roger Herd.

    The accused was charged with the offence at the last sitting of the court, when the jury failed to agree.

    Evidence was given again by John Leslight, Charles Gilmore, John Horniman, Constable Bray, Dr Bateman and accused [William John Miller].

    Robert McCommon gave accused an excellent character.

    Mr Lysaght addressed the jury on behalf of the accused.

    His Honor having summed up, the jury retired. After a brief absence they returned into court with a verdict of “Not guilty,” and accused was discharged.

    The court adjourned at half past 5 o’clock until half-past 9 on Wednesday.

 


1     The Illawarra Mercury, Tue 7 Jun 1898, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     The Illawarra Mercury, Thu 9 Jun 1898, p. 2. Emphasis added.

3     The Illawarra Mercury, Sat 11 Jun 1898, p. 2.

4     The Illawarra Mercury, Tue 11 Oct 1898, p. 2.

5     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 12 Oct 1898, p. 5. Emphasis added.

6     The Illawarra Mercury, Thu 13 Oct 1898, p. 2.