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Michael Paul William Girardot, 1949

 

The Daily Telegraph, Tue 5 Sep 1911 1

SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr H Harris, Crown Prosecutor.

PLEAS OF GUILTY.

    Michael Paul William Geairito and William Linburn pleaded guilty to charges of misconduct, Robert Campbell, an elderly man, to having, on August 10, at Sydney, maliciously damaged a plateglass window, the property of Thomas Anderson. George Wilkie, to being in a warehouse committing a felony therein and breaking out, and Walter John McFarlane, to four charges of larceny. The prisoners were remanded for sentence.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 5 Sep 1911 2

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr H Harris, Crown Prosecutor.

REMANDED FOR SENTENCE.

    The following pleaded guilty and were remanded for sentence:—George Wilkie, being in a warehouse, committing a felony therein, and breaking out; Michael Paul William Geairito and William Limburn [aka Linburn], misconduct; Robert Campbell, malicious damage to property; Walter John McFarlane, four charges of larceny.

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The Daily Telegraph, Wed 6 Sep 1911 3

SYDNEY QUARTER SESSIONS.
————
(Before Judge Docker and juries.)

    Mr H Harris, Crown Prosecutor.

SENTENCES.

    His Honor imposed sentences in the following cases:—

    Robert Campbell, maliciously injuring a plate glass window, three months’ imprisonment in Goulburn Gaol, prisoner to be treated as a first offender, and the sentence suspended upon providing the usual securities and making compensation to the amount of £14.

    Michael Paul William Geairito and William Linburn, misdemeanour at common law, six months’ imprisonment in Grafton Gaol, in the case of each prisoner.

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Michael Paul Geairito , Gaol photo sheet 4

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6077], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1911-1912, No.11 982, p. 147, R5115.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 11982

Date when Portrait was taken: 4-9-1911

Name: Michael Paul Geairito
(aka Michael Paul William Girardot)

Native place: London, England

Year of birth: 29-9-1887

Arrived       Ship: Unknown
in Colony }   Year: –

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Factory hand

Religion: Church of Eng

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 5⅜"

Weight     On committal: 124
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Black

Colour of eyes: Grey

Marks or special features: Minus four teeth from upper and four teeth from lower jaw. Clasped hands, and heart on outside left forearm, small tattoo spot on outside right wrist. Long thin nose. Lower ribs protrude on left side

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

Newcastle PC

4

1

9

5

1911

1940

Lewdness

Not being a Medical Practitioner
did attend person suffering from
venereal disease

6 months HL

3 months HL
  2570 (S pen?) /40
  3251 (S pen?) /40


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 William Limburn, Gaol photo sheet 5

SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6077], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1911-1912, No.11 984, p. 149, R5115.


Gaol Photo Sheet - 
Transcribed Details

No. 11984

Date when Portrait was taken: 4-9-1911

Name: William Limburn
[aka William Linburn]

Native place: Sydney

Year of birth: unknown (21)

Arrived       Ship: BS
in Colony }   Year:

Trade or occupation
previous to conviction  } Labourer

Religion: Catholic

Education, degree of: R & W

Height: 5' 6⅜"

Weight     On committal: 136
in lbs     } On discharge:

Colour of hair: Brown

Colour of eyes: Blue

 

Marks or special features: Missing one tooth from lower jaw. Scar on inside – right wrist

(No. of previous Portrait ... ) 

CONVICTIONS

Where and When Offence. Sentence

Sydney Q.S

4

9

1911

Lewdness

6 months HL

 

 



John Henry Howell and Michael Paul William Girardot
, 1940

 
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 29 Jun 1940 6

CASES FOR QUARTER
SESSIONS

    Following is a list of the cases set down for hearing at the sitting of the Quarter Sessions beginning at Newcastle Courthouse at noon on Monday—

    Michael Paul William Girardot and John Henry Howell, abominable offence, principal in second degree;

    Tuesday.—Henry Daniel Peak, abominable offence;

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The Newcastle Sun, Mon 1 Jul 1940 7

IN THE COURTS

NEWCASTLE
QUARTER SESSIONS
————
(Before Judge Nield)

CHARGES DENIED.

    Pleas of not guilty were entered by John Henry Howell (27), who was charged with having committed an abominable offence at Cardiff in April, and Michael Paul William Girardot (50), who was charged with having aided and abetted Howell in the offence.

    Evidence for the Crown was given by Detective-Constable WH Pollock. He produced statements allegedly made by both the accused, in which the offence was admitted.

    [John Henry] Howell told the Court that the evidence given by Detective-Constable Barber had told him what to write in the statement.

    Girardot also denied that any offence had been committed. Detective-Sergeant Barber, he said, had typed the statement and had invented most of it.

(Proceeding)

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 2 Jul 1940 8

CASE STOOD OVER

    John Henry Howell, 27, was charged with having some day in April, 1940, at Cardiff, committed an abominable offence.

    Michael Paul William Girardot, 50, was charged with having aided and abetted the offence.

    A plea of “Not guilty” was entered by each accused, who were not represented by counsel. Girardot challenged one juror.

    Detective W[alter] Pollock gave evidence of the arrest.

    Both accused said their statements included matter which Detective-sergeant A Barber had added.

    The Crown Prosecutor asked for the case to stand over until to-day, stating he intended to call Detective-sergeant Barber in reply.

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The Newcastle Sun, Tue 2 Jul 1940 9

IN THE COURTS
————
QUARTER SESSIONS
(Before Judge Nield)

VERDICT OF GUILTY

    Strong denials that he had added anything to the written statements of two men were made by Detective-Sergeant Barber, when the hearing was resumed in the cases in which John Henry Howell, 27, laborer, pleaded not guilty tp having committed an abominable offence at Cardiff during April, and Michael Paul William Girardot, 50, laborer, pleaded not guilty to having aided and abetted the offence.

    A verdict of “guilty” against both men was returned by the jury after a retirement of a quarter of an hour. They were remanded for sentence.

    Detective-Sergeant AJ Barber said that he saw Howell at Girardot’s home, but he was too hopelessly drunk to be interviewed. Later he saw Howell at a garage, and in the cells at the police station on May 1. Nothing was done by him on any occasion about making a statement. While passing the cell Howell called to him about making a statement, and he told Howell that Detective Pollock was handling the case and to see him. Girardot’s statement was taken in his room by a cadet, and the only part witness took in the matter was to witness Girardot’s signature.

    Answering Girardot, the detective denied that he had added anything to the written statement.

    Harold John Ferris, a police cadet, of Redfern, and formerly of Newcastle, said that he typed Girardot’s statement as Girardot said it and nothing was added by Barber.

    Answering a question by Girardot, Ferris said that Barber did not keep saying, “You did that Mick,” and he kept saying “yes” because he was a broken man.

    Girardot: You’re a liar, young man.

    “You have no right to say that, said Judge Nield. “Ask questions and do not comment.”

    Girardot apologised and said he would withdraw the comment.

    In summing up to the jury, Judge Nield said that Girardot had made grave charges concerning the conduct of the case and had made terrible accusations against the doctors at Newcastle Hospital. He had had the hardihood to say that he had been deliberately infected with a disease. A worse suggestion could not be made against a medical man

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 3 Jul 1940 10

EVIDENCE REPUDIATED.

    Detective-sergeant AJ Barber gave evidence in reply against John Henry Howell, 27, charged with having on some day in April, 1940, at Cardiff, committed an abominable offence, and Michael Paul William Girardot, 50, who was charged with having aided and abetted the offence. Both pleaded “Not guilty” on Monday. They were not represented by counsel.

    Detective-sergeant Barber said that Cadet Ferris typed the statement made by Girardot. He did not dictate any part of it.

    Police-cadet Harold John Ferris, of Redfern, formerly of Newcastle, said he typed Girardot’s statement.

    Girardot: Is it not a fact that Detective Barber stood behind you and continually interjected and told you what to put in?

    Witness: No.

    Girardot: You are a liar, young man.

    His Honor: You are not entitled to say that; that is not a question.

    “I will withdraw it,” said Girardot.

    The jury deliberated for 15 minutes.

    A verdict of “Guilty” was returned in each case. Both were remanded for sentence.

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The Newcastle Sun, Wed 3 Jul 1940 11

TWO MEN SENTENCED
TO FIVE YEARS
————
“HORRIBLE CRIME,” SAID
JUDGE NIELD
————

    “Your offence is of an extraordinarily horrible kind and can only be dealt with by a severe sentence,” said Judge Nield to John Henry Howell, 27, duco sprayer, and Michael Paul William Girardot, 50, invalid pensioner, when they were called up for sentence.

    Howell had been found guilty of having committed an abominable crime at Cardiff in April, 1940, and Girardot had been found guilty of having aided and abetted the offence.

    They were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 4 Jul 1940 12

FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

    John Henry Howell, 27, who was found guilty of having committed an abominable offence at Cardiff, and Michael Paul William Girardot, 50, of having aided and abetted the offence were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

 



Michael Paul William Girardot
, 1949


The Newcastle Sun, Wed 23 Feb 1949
13

MAN GAOLED
FOR 10 YEARS

    SYDNEY.—Sentences aggregating 56 years were passed by Judge Curlewis in Quarter Sessions today on a man who, he said, was not fit to live in this community.

    Michael Paul William Girardot (60), of Albert-st, Erskineville, pleaded guilty to seven offences against a 15 year-old boy.

    For each of five offences Judge Curlewis passed sentence of 10 years concurrent and for each of the other two offences three years concurrent.

    This mean that Girardot will serve ten years.

    The Judge said that Girardot, at Newcastle in 1940, was sentenced to five years for a similar offence, and as that had not deterred him, the sentence for the present offences would be more substantial.

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The Daily Advertiser, Thu 24 Feb 1949 14

TEN YEARS FOR ASSAULT
ON YOUTH

    SYDNEY, Wednesday: Sentencing a 60-year-old man to 10 years’ imprisonment on each of five charges of indecent assault on a youth, Judge Curlewis said in Quarter Sessions today that the man was not fit to live in the community.

    The same man was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on each of two minor charges.

    He was Michael Paul William Giradot [sic], a laborer, of Albert Street, Erskineville.

    The sentences were concurrent.

    Judge Curlewis said the worst feature of the case was that Giradot had enticed a 15-year-old boy and given him wine to lower his resistence.

    Giradot served five years for a similar offence at Newcastle in 1940.

 

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Truth, Sun 27 Feb 1949 15

10 YEARS FOR
SEX OFFENCES

By the time Michael Paul William Girardot is set free again he will have very nearly reached his allotted span of life.

    Now 60, the cross-eyed Girardot was sentenced to 10 years’ penal servitude at Darlinghurst Sessions on Wednesday on seven charges of indecency involving a boy aged 15.

    Evidence had been given in the lower court by Det-Sgt Fraser, of Newtown, that Girardot had admitted offences against a youth over a period of three months.

Fraser said Girardot had given the lad wine “to lead him on,” and had said: “I am more to be pitied than blamed. I cannot help myself.”

    Judge Curlewis told Girardot, “You are not a fit man to live in this community.

    “The five years you served from 1940 for a similar offence apparently proved insufficient. The legislature provides for a maximum of 14 years and I can see no mitigating circumstances in your case.

    “I am forced to pass a sentence that will prevent you from enticing other lads into your clutches.”

    Mr Kidston for the Crown, Mr JP Slattery for Girardot.

 


1     The Daily Telegraph, Tue 5 Sep 1911, p. 14.

2     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 5 Sep 1911, p. 5.

3     The Daily Telegraph, Wed 6 Sep 1911, p. 17.

4     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6077], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1911-1912, No.11 982, p. 147, R5115.

5     SRNSW: NRS2138, [3/6077], Darlinghurst Gaol photographic description book, 1911-1912, No.11 984, p. 149, R5115.

6     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Sat 29 Jun 1940, p. 4. Emphasis added.

7     The Newcastle Sun, (NSW), Mon 1 Jul 1940, p. 6. Emphasis added.

8     Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Tue 2 Jul 1940, p. 6. Emphasis added.

9     The Newcastle Sun, (NSW), Tue 2 Jul 1940, p. 6.

10   Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wed 3 Jul 1940, p. 7. Emphasis added.

11   The Newcastle Sun, (NSW), Wed 3 Jul 1940, p. 5.

12   Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Thu 4 Jul 1940, p. 5.

13   The Newcastle Sun, (NSW), Wed 23 Feb 1949, p. 3. Emphasis in original document.

14   The Daily Advertiser, (Wagga Wagga, NSW), Thu 24 Feb 1940, p. 3.

15   Truth, (Syd, NSW), Sun 27 Feb 1949, p. 6. Emphasis in original.