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1909, George Michael McDonnell - Unfit For Publication
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The Raleigh Sun, Fri 25 Jun 1909 1

NORTH COAST NEWS.
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(From our Exchanges.)


    There is considerable activity in the building trade at Murwillumbah at present. Exclusive of the School of Arts and the Court House, several private buildings are in the course of construction. At the two last meetings of the Council applications were received for permission to build fourteen cottages. Just now it is impossible to find a vacant cottage in the town.

    At Kempsey last week William Evans, of Taylor’s Arm, was committed for trial to the Kempsey Quarter Sessions on an alleged charge of carnally knowing Mary Flemington, aged 13 years. At the same court James [aka George] Michael McDonnell was also committed on an alleged charge of having committed an unnatural offence, on the Nambucca.

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner, Tue 7 Sep 1909 2

KEMPSEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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KEMPSEY, Monday.—The Quarter Sessions were opened to-day before Judge Scholes. Mr Browning acted as Crown Prosecutor.

    Jno Foxden pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny, and was remanded for sentence.

    George Proberts, charged with cattle stealing at Eastern Dorrigo, pleaded guilty, and was remanded for sentence.

    Henry George White was charged with sending a threatening letter. Accused was defended by Mr Sheridan, and after lengthy evidence the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, with the following rider: “We regret having to do so on a point of law as laid down by the Judge.”

    George Michael Macdonnell, [aka McDonnell] charged with committing an indecent assault, was acquitted.

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The Macleay Chronicle, Thu 9 Sep 1909 3

KEMPSEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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THIS Court opened on Monday before His Honor Judge Scholes, Mr RJ Browning prosecuted for the Crown. Barristers in attendance were Messrs G Young and JP Sheridan; and in addition to local solicitors, Messrs WH Sheridan (Bowraville) and G Solomon (Macksville), also represented this branch of the profession. Mr WR Beaver acted as Clerk of the Peace; and Mr Gomm, CPS, as Clerk of Arraigns.

    Messrs Ryan, T Keneally and Justin McCarthy were excused from attendance as jurymen.

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INDECENT ASSAULT.


    George Michael McDonnell was charged with having at Nambucca Heads indecently assaulted Patrick McHugh. Accused applied for counsel. He said he had been in gaol since 10th June, and had no means.

    His Honor read the depositions in the case, and said accused could make an application for the case to be heard in Sydney, and he could there make an application for counsel.

    Accused consulted with Mr Young, who made application for the case to be put at the bottom of the list, and that a request be made to the Attorney-General for counsel to be assigned.

    His Honor declined to grant the application, and the case proceeded.

    Jury—Edward P Noonan (foreman), Henry Maley, George Bond, Patrick O’Halloran, John Campbell, Andrew W Scott, Samuel G Betts, Robert J Saunders, Arthur H Muddle, Jno E Saul, Frederick Appleyard, Roger Betts.

    The evidence was unfit for publication, and was tendered by Patrick McHugh and C Pisani.

    Accused [George Michael McDonnell] made a statement denying the charge, and the jury after a short retirement returned a verdict of not guilty.

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The Macleay Argus, Sat 11 Sep 1909 4

KEMPSEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Monday, September 6—Before His
Honor Judge Scholes.
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    Mr RJ Browning acted as Crown Prosecutor, and the other legal gentlemen present were Messrs Young and Sheridan (barristers), and Messrs John Gilfillan, LJ Hardiman, Solomon (Macksville), Sheridan (Bowra), and Blackmore (Bellingen), were also present. Mr Beaver, Clerk of the Peace, was also in attendance. Mr Charles Sutherland, JP, acted as Deputy Sheriff.

    Mr Ryan, Mr T Kenneally and Mr Justin McCarthy were excused from the jury.

    Mr G Danvers Johnston and Mr F Appleyard were sworn in as JsP, and Mr Samuel Arthur Jackson was re-sworn in as JP.

CHARGE OF UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

    George Michael McDonnell was charged with unnatural offence at Nambucca Heads. Accused applied to be defended, but his Honor said accused had left the matter too late, he should have made an earlier application.

    Jury—EP Noonan, Appleyard, JE Saul, A Muddle, RJ Saunders, H May, G Bond, P O’Halloran, John Campbell, AW Scott, SG Betts, Roger Betts. Mr EP Noonan was chosen as foreman.

    Evidence which we are unable to publish was given by a number of witnesses and the jury after a short retirement returned a verdict of not guilty.

 


1     The Raleigh Sun, (Bellingen, NSW), Fri 25 Jun 1909, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     Clarence and Richmond Examiner, Tue 7 Sep 1909, p. 5. Emphasis added.

3     The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey), Thu 9 Sep 1909, p. 5. Emphasis added.

4     The Macleay Argus (Kempsey), Sat 11 Sep 1909, pp. 10, 11.