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Gundar Sing, 1898

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The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 7 Jan 1898 1

NOTES ON CURRENT EVENTS.
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    PETTY LARCENY.—At the police court on Tuesday a colored man named Gundar Sing was charged with stealing a loaf of bread, the property of Mrs Gibbons, of Jindera. The evidence of prosecutrix showed that prisoner asked for the bread and tendered the money. Mrs Gibbons handed over the loaf, and prisoner then snatched the money and ran away. The prisoner was fined 20s, with 21s costs, or 21 days’ imprisonment.

 


 

Gundah Singh, 1907

Evening News, Fri 22 Nov 1907 2

ORANGE SESSIONS.
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Farmhouse and first police station, with bark outhouses, Trunkey, 1870-1875. Image: NSW State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
Farmhouse and first police station, with bark outhouses, Trunkey,
1870-1875. Image: NSW State Library collection.
Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    ORANGE, Friday.—

    Gundah Singh, a Hindoo, was charged with a shocking offence at Trunkey, on October 15. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, but added that they doubted accused’s sanity, and recommended that he be placed under medical observation. Gundah Singh was further charged with breaking and entering the residence of Samuel Bois, at Trunkey, on October 15, and stealing several articles therefrom. Accused was found guilty. On the first charged accused was sentenced to 12 months’ hard labor in Darlinghurst Gaol, the recommendation of the jury to be sent to the proper authorities. For breaking and entering, Singh was sentenced to 12 months’ hard labor in Darlinghurst Gaol.

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The Leader, Fri 22 Nov 1907 3

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Thursday, November 21.
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(Before His Honor Acting Judge Browning)

    The Quarter Sessions were continued and concluded before His Honor Acting-Judge Browning. Mr CA White acted as Crown Prosecutor, Mr PJ Flanagan, JP, was acting deputy Sheriff, and Sub-Inspector Banks had charge of the police.

AN UNNATURAL OFFENCE.
THE ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY.

    Gundah Sing [aka Singh], a Hindoo, was charged with that he did near Trunkey on the 15th day of October, commit beastiality [sic]. He was further charged with attempting to commit the same offence.

    The accused, who was undefended, when asked to plead, said: “I know nothing about it.”

    The following jury were empanelled: Messrs HK McKay, EB Dalton, F Ford, JH Kerr, FL Whipple, JW Ginns, FJ Agland, D Lett, J Watts, W Clarke, N Farrell and P Prendergast.

    The Crown challenged one juryman.

    Evidence was given by Herbert Thompson, Elizabeth Ann Thomas, Marjory Henry, and Constable [John] Vallines [sic–Vallins], all of which is unfit for publication.

    The accused said he did not want to give evidence or make any statement to the jury.

    His Honor summed up, and the jury retired at 11.20 am and returned into court at 12 o’clock with a verdict of guilty on the second count.

    The foreman, on behalf of the jury, said they had doubts as to the accused’s sanity, and recommended that he be put under medical observation.

    His Honor said he understood he had been under medical observation since he had been in Orange gaol. However, he would note the jury’s recommendation.

    The accused was remanded for sentence.

BREAKING, ENTERING AND STEALING.

    Gundah Sing was also charged with breaking, entering and stealing from the dwelling house of Samuel Bird, of Trunkey, on October 15th, a looking glass, pipe, and a quantity of potatoes and flour.

    The accused pleaded not guilty, and was undefended.

    The following jury were empanelled: BA Tillett, P Floyd, FG Hawke, J Holmes, J Watts, MJ Dalton, AG Hicks, PG Baesnell, PCJ Laws, JJ Casey, J Carruthers, and J Griffin.

    Samuel Bird stated: I am a miner and reside at Trunkey; I know the accused by sight; I saw him camped near Thompson which is about 100 yards from my house; on October 15 I left my house about 7 o’clock on that morning; before doing so I securely locked it up; I returned about 6 the same afternoon and found the window broken, and I missed a pipe, a looking glass, some potatoes and flour; I went to the police station that night; Constable Vallines opened the accused’s swag and I identified the goods in question as my property; we brought the goods to the cell where accused was and he claimed them as his property; he said he bought them; the accused had no authority to take the goods.

    Herbert Thompson stated: I reside at Trunkey, and live near Mr Bird’s place; I saw the accused at the back of Mr Bird’s house between 10 and 11 o’clock on October 15; about 3 o’clock on the same day I noticed the window had been broken; I looked in and saw his looking glass was missing; I saw the accused’s swag opened by the police and a looking glass and pipe taken from it.

    Constable Vallines gave corroborative evidence to that given by the two previous witnesses, and produced the goods in question which he stated he found in accused’s swag.

    This was the case for the prosecution.

    Gundah Sing was sworn, and denied breaking the window or stealing the goods.

    His Honor summed up, and the jury, without leaving the box found the accused guilty on both charges.

    Sub-Inspector Banks stated the accused had four precious convictions against him, but nothing since 1900.

    The Crown Prosecutor handed in a certificate from Dr Watson stating that he had had the accused under his observation since he had been in Orange gaol, and was of the opinion he was of a sane mind.

    His Honor sentenced the accused to twelve months hard labor in Darlinghurst gaol on both charges, the sentences to be concurrent.

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The Western Daily Advocate, Fri 22 Nov 1907 4

ORANGE QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Thursday, November 20. [sic]
(Before His Honor Acting Judge Browning.)

    The Quarter Sessions were continued yesterday, Mr White acting as Crown Prosecutor.

    The fine of £2 imposed on Mr PCJ Laws for non-attendance was remitted, a satisfactory explanation having been made.

ALLEGED BESTIALITY.

    Gundah Singh was charged with bestiality at Trunkey on 15th October last.

    Accused, a Hindoo, was undefended, pleaded not guilty, and challenged no jurymen.

    The following jury was empanelled: Messrs EB Dalton, F Ford, JH Kerr, FL Whipple, JW Ginns, FJ Agland, HK McKay, D Lett, Jos Watts, W Clarke, jun, J Farrell, and P Prendergast.

    The Crown Prosecutor gave a recapitulation of the case as heard at the Trunkey Police Court, and several witnesses gave evidence regarding the alleged crime.

    Evidence was given, but the accused asked no questions and made no statement.

    The jury retired at 25 minutes past 11 am, and returned into Court at 12 am. The foreman (Mr HK McKay) announced they had found the accused guilty on the second count of attempted bestiality, with a doubt as to his sanity, and recommended he be placed under medical observation.

ALLEGED BREAKING AND ENTERING.

    Gundah Singh was further charged with breaking and entering the residence of Samuel Bird, at Trunkey, on October 15th, and stealing therefrom one looking-glass, one pipe, two bags, 10lbs flour and 10lbs potatoes.

    Accused pleaded not guilty and was undefended, and challenged no jurymen.

    The following jury was empanelled: RA Tillett, P Floyd, FG Hawke, J Holmes, Jno Watts, MJ Dalton, AG Hicks, PG Buesnell, PCJ Laws, JJ Casey, J Carruthers and J Griffin.

    The Crown Prosecutor gave a resume of the case.

    Samuel Bird, miner, residing at Trunkey, deposed he knew accused by sight, when he first saw him camped near his place on the 15th October, when he (witness) was going to work. He locked his place up when leaving, but on returning about 5 pm he saw the frame of the kitchen window knocked in. He also saw flour spilt about the floor, and missed a looking-glass, a pipe, and some potatoes. From something he heard he went to the police station and the constable there opened accused’s swag, and witness identified his missing goods inside. He and the constable went to accused and asked him if the goods belonged to him, and he said they did. Asked where he got them, accused replied he bought them. No-one had any authority to take the goods.

    Herbert Thompson, laborer, residing at Trunkey, deposed he knew accused and saw him about Mr Bird’s residence on 15th October last between 11 and 12 o’clock, at the rear of the premises. He (witness) was about 100 yards away. He saw the premises of Mr Bird afterwards with the window broken. He also saw accused’s swag opened and the looking-glass and pipe found inside of it.

    Constable [John] Vallins, stationed at Trunkey, gave corroborative evidence, and stated he found the goods (produced) inside accused’s swag, which were the property of Samuel Bird.

    This closed the case for the Crown.

    Gundah Singh, a Hindoo, the accused, who elected to go into the box and give evidence, was sworn on a glass of water. He deposed that he never stole the goods, and never entered nor broke into the residence of Samuel Bird.

    His Honor summed up briefly, and the jury returned a verdict of guilty without leaving the box.

    Accused was then brought up for sentence, and on the charge of bestiality was sentenced to 12 months hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol, the recommendation of the jury to be forwarded. His Honor characterised accused as a menace to the community. On the charge of breaking and entering he was sentenced to 12 months hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol, both sentences to be concurrent. Accused had several previous convictions read out against him.

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Gundah Singh, Gaol photo sheet 5

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6072], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1907-1909, No. 10526, p. 243, R5112.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 10526
07-4916

Date when Portrait was taken: 28-11-1907

Name: Gundah Singh

Native place: India

Year of birth: date unknown 1875

Arrived       Ship:
in Colony }   Year: unknown

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Hawker, laborer

Religion: Hindoo

Education, degree of: R & W (?)

Height: 5' 7¾"

Weight     On committal: 132
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Brown

Marks or special features: Three vaccine marks upper arm scar on inside right forearm, dot tattoo between eyes on forehead, pith marks on chest, mole on left shoulder blade, three scars on left shoulder blade, mole and pith marks on right loin, moles on left loin, scar on right thigh, scars on left kneecap scars on left thin

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Jerilderie PC

ditto 

Albury PC 

Daysdale PC

Orange Q.S

13

  3

  4

23

21

  6

  8

  1

  9

11

1897

1897

1898

1900

1907

Indecent language

ditto

Stealing

Vagrancy

Bestiality
Break and enter a dwelling house and steal therein

£1 or 7 days. Paid fine

£1 or 7 days. Paid fine

£1 or 21 days HL

3 months H.L.

12 months HL on each charge
concurrent

 


1     The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 7 Jan 1898, pp. 22, 23.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Fri 22 Nov 1907, p. 2.

3     The Leader, Fri 22 Nov 1907, p. 2.

4     The Western Dail Advocate, Fri 22 Nov 1907, p. 2. Emphasis added.

5     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6072], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1907-1909, No. 10526, p. 243, R5112.