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1910, Joseph Maguire - Unfit For Publication
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Molong Argus, Fri 1 Apr 1910 1

A MAN ESCAPES FROM CUSTODY.
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    Some excitement has been caused by the disappearance from the Molong lockup, on Tuesday afternoon, of Joseph Maguire, an old and well-known identity he had been drinking heavily for some time past, and he was arrested by the police on Monday upon an alleged serious offence. From what we can glean Maguire was put to work on Tuesday to clean out the police stables, and Sergeant Blanchfield, who was alone on the station, left him for a few minutes to attend to some important correspondence that he had to despatch by the evening mail. Maguire being a man of middle age and quiet demeanour, the Sergeant naturally thought there would be very little chance of his trying to escape from custody, but to the surprise of the officer, in his return to the stables, old Joe had disappeared, and although a diligent search was made throughout the precincts of the police station and the surroundings, nowhere was the prisoner to be seen. He had vanished like a shadow before the sunbeam. Enquiries were made from the residents living round, but none of them had seen the prisoner. At the time of the escape there were only Sergeant Blanchfield and Constable McKechnie in town, and the latter was doing duty in the main street, about a quarter of a mile from the police station; Constable Young was out in the country collecting statistics, while Constable Roser (lock-up-keeper) was away at Singleton, seeing his mother, who was very ill. Sergeant Blanchfield and Constable McKechnie at once searched the town and its environments, but failed to find any trace of the escapee. The other police stations throughout the district were communicated with and a description of the missing man forwarded. Sergeant Blanchfield, Constables Young, Madded (Manildra), and Sergeant Ford (Orange) have been scouring the district continuously ever since, but up to the time of our going to press Maguire was still reported missing.

    Maguire had been in the employ of Mr John Wynne, at Copper Hill, for many years, and after Mr Wynne went to Sydney to reside, he went into the employ of Mr HC Betts, where he remained until prior to his arrest. He had always been looked upon as a quiet, unassuming, and respectable man, and was generally liked, and his arrest for an alleged serious offence came as a surprise, though it was known he had been drinking very heavily for some time past.

    Maguire is 5' 10" in height, of medium build, full beard, grey eyes, and was wearing a grey coat and soft felt hat. He is a laborer, and about 56 years of age.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 7 Apr 1910 2

LOCK-UP ESCAPE FOUND.
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Wellington, Wednesday.

    Joseph Maguire, who escaped from the Molong lock-up last week, was arrested on Monday morning by Constable Constantine, of Obley. He was camped on the bank of the Macquarie River.

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Molong Argus, Fri 15 Apr 1910 3

MOLONG POLICE COURT.
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Monday.
(Before Mr TH Ryan, JP.)

    Joseph Maguire, in custody, was charged with beastiality. [sic]

    Mr Kinna appeared for the accused.

    After hearing evidence, the accused, who reserved his defence, was committed to take his trial at the Orange Quarter Sessions on the 19th July.

    He was also committed for escaping from custody.

    Bail was applied for, but refused.

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Molong Argus, Fri 29 Apr 1910 4

MOLONG POLICE COURT.
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Wednesday, April 27.
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BEFORE Mr Marriott, PM.

ALLOWING A PRISONER TO ESCAPE.

    Sub-Inspector Banks v. Sergeant Blanchfield—Allowing a prisoner, [Joseph Maguire], to escape from lawful custody.

    Sergeant Blanchfield pleaded guilty.

    Fined £1 and costs of Court 6s.

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The Cowra Free Press and Canowindra, Goolagong, Cargo, Grenfell and Young General Advertiser, Thu 5 May 1910 5

QUARTER SESSIONS.
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Thursday.
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(Before Acting Judge Bevan.)

    Richard Austin and George Chivers were excused on account of illness. Thomas Joseph Byrnes was fined 40/- for non-attendance.

    Joseph McGuire [aka Joseph Maguire] was charged with escaping from lawful custody at Molong on Mar, 29th, 1910.

    Plea guilty.

    Remanded for sentence.

    Joseph McGuire was charged with committing an unnatural offence, [bestiality with a slut], at Vale Head, Molong.

    Accused pleaded not guilty and asked that the case might be tried at Orange.

    Jury: JMG Tucker, HJ Tucker, CAT Lane, H Stibbard, P Whitty, P Begley, Alfred Whiseman, A McLeod, P O’Brien, R Chivers, G Wright, E Reilly.

    Constable Alfred Percy Young deposed he received some information and saw accused at Copper Hill; accused was under the influence of drink; formally charged accused the following morning; he said “I know nothing about it;” said he was charged with committing beastiality [sic]; accused replied “I know nothing about it. I’ve been drinking since the first of the year. I haven’t been sober since Show day (in February);” asked if he knew a slut named “Nettle” belonging to Mr Betts and he said “yes”.

    Charles Bennett deposed he was a labourer at Vale Head, Molong; on March 17th saw accused at a hut at Vale Head; just before that he spoke to Jack Betts; Betts then went to the window of the room and called witness; then went to the window; looked in and saw McGuire on the bed; accused was on his knees and stark naked (witness here described the offence); said to accused “You want kicking out of this,” and he said “Is that you Jacky?” went away to do some work and on coming back again McGuire was still in the room; about half-an-hour later accused dressed and went for a walk.

    John Ulick DeBurgh Betts (15 years of age) deposed he knew accused, who was working for his brother at Vale Head, Molong; saw accused at the men’s hut, as they were going to play a joke on him (witness here corroborated Bennett’s version of the offence.)

    To His Honor: Accused was not working that day; did not see him the day before.

    Henry Cloudsley Betts deposed he did not see accused on day of offence; accused had been on the spree for about eleven days previously; had worked for witness for about 5 years and was a really trusted servant.

    At accused’s request His Honor read the depositions of Edward Evers and Arthur Kenrick.

    Accused said he had nothing to say.

    His Honor summed up and the jury retired to consider their verdict, and returned half-an-hour later with a verdict of guilty of attempted beastiality.

SENTENCES.
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    Joseph McGuire. Attempted beastiality and escaping from custody.

    Accused said he had nothing to say.

    Sentenced to 3 months in Goulburn gaol with hard labour for the first offence and an additional month for the escaping.

    Accused promised to take the pledge from drink, which had been the cause of it all.

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The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 6 May 1910 6

NEWS IN BRIEF.
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NEW SOUTH WALES.
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    at the Molong Police Court Sergeant Blanchfield was fined £1 and 6s costs for allowing a prisoner named Maguire to escape from custody.

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Molong Argus, Fri 13 May 1910 7

THE BEASTIALITY [sic] CASE.
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    At the Cowra Quarter Sessions on Thursday, 28th April, before Acting Judge Bevan.

    Joseph Maguire was charged with committing an unnatural offence at Vale Head, Molong.

    Accused pleaded not guilty and asked that the case might be tried at Orange.

    Jury JMG Tucker, HJ Tucker, CAT Lane, H Stibbard, P Whitty, P Begley, Alfred Whiteman, A McLeod, P O’Brien, R Chivers, G. Wright, D Reilly.

    Constable Alfred Percy Young deposed he received some information and saw accused at Copper Hill; accused was under the influence of drink; formally charged accused the following morning; he said “I know nothing about it;” said he was charged with committing beastiality; accused replied “I know nothing about it. I’ve been drinking since the first of the year. I haven’t been sober since Show day (in February);” asked if he knew a slut named “Nettle” belonging to Mr Betts and he said “yes.”

    Charles Bennett deposed he was a labourer at Vale Head, Molong; on March 17th saw accused at a hut at Vale head; just before that he spoke to Jack Betts; Betts then went to the window of the room and called witness; then went to the window; looked in and saw McGuire on the bed; accused was on knees and stark naked (witness here described the offence); said to accused “You want kicking out of this?” went away to do some work and on coming back again McGuire was still in the room; about half an hour later accused dressed and went for a walk.

    John Ulick DeBurgh Betts (15 years of age) deposed he knew accused who was working for his brother at Vale Head, Molong; saw accused at the men’s hut, as they were going to play a joke on him (witness here corroborated Bennett’s version of the offence).

    To His Honor: Accused was not working the day; did not see him the day before.

    Henry Cloudsley Betts deposed he did not see accused on day of offence; accused had been on the spree for about eleven days previously; had worked for witness for about five years and was a really trusted servant.

    At accused’s request His Honor read the depositions of Edward Evers and Arthur Kenrick.

    Accused said he had nothing to say.

    His Honor summed up and the jury retired to consider their verdict, and returned half an hour later with a verdict of attempted beastiality.

    Accused was sentenced to three months in Goulburn gaol for the attempted beastiality, and one month for escaping from legal custody.

    Accused promised to take the pledge from drink, which had been the cause of it all.

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Molong Argus, Fri 21 Oct 1910 8

    Sergeant Blanchfield will probably leave for his new station (Blayney) to morrow or Sunday. Those who know the Sergeant best will wish him good luck in his new sphere. He is a conscientious police officer, and to be that is to be unpopular with those who did not conform to law and order. However, this is rather a big compliment to a police officer. During his sojourn here he has had anything but a bed of roses, and we trust that the numerous worries he met with here will not beset him in future.

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Joseph McGuire, Gaol photo sheet 9

SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5977], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, 30 Aug 1909-22 Nov 1911, No.2316, p. 79, R5121.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 2316
Goulburn

Date when Portrait was taken: 27 June 1910

Name: Joseph McGuire

Native place: Bathurst

Year of birth: 1885

Arrived       Ship: –
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Labourer

Religion: C of E

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 7½"

Weight     On committal: 157
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Dark brown to grey

Colour of eyes: Blue

Marks or special features: Scar under upper left arm. Vaccine marks upper right arm, right thumb disfigured, scar left knee, mole right side neck

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Cowra Q.S
ditto

28
28

4
4

1910
1910

(1) Bestiality
(2) Escape from Custody

3 months HL
1 month HL  |  Accumulative

 


1     Molong Argus, (NSW), Fri 1 Apr 1910, p. 4.

2     The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 7 1910, p. 7.

3     Molong Argus, (NSW), Fri 15 Apr 1910, p. 9.

4     Molong Argus, (NSW), Fri 29 Apr 1910, p. 4.

5     The Cowra Free Press and Canowindra, Goolagong, Cargo, Grenfell and Young General Advertiser, Thu 5 May 1910, p. 2. Emphasis added.

6     The Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Fri 6 May 1910, p. 34.

7     Molong Argus, (NSW), Fri 13 May 1910, p. 1. Emphasis added.

8     Molong Argus, (NSW), Fri 21 Oct 1910, p. 4.

9     SRNSW: NRS2232, [3/5977], Goulburn Gaol photographic description book, 30 Aug 1909-22 Nov 1911, No.2316, p. 79, R5121.