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1900, Frederick Matthews - Unfit For Publication
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The Narrabri Age and Namoi District Newspaper, Fri 2 Mar 1900 1

Tuesday, February 27, 1900.
Before His Honor, Acting-Judge Browning.

    The Narrabri Court of Quarter Sessions was begun on Tuesday. Mr A Bevan acted as Crown Prosecutor.

    Fred Matthews was charged with the committal of an indecent assault on a lad 5½ years of age, and was found guilty of an attempt only. The jury made a recommendation for mercy on the grounds of previous good behaviour and that he contributed to the support of his aged mother. Matthews was remanded for sentence.

Wednesday, February 28.


    F Matthews, six months in Tamworth Gaol, with hard labor.

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The Narrabri Herald and Northern Districts’ Advertiser, Tue 2 Mar 1900 2

Tuesday, February 27, 1900.
(Before His Honor, Acting-Judge Browning.)

    His Honor, Acting District Judge Browning presided at the Court of Quarter Sessions, which opened at the Court House, Narrabri, on Tuesday, the 27th ulto, at 9 am.
    Mr W Bevan was the Crown Prosecutor, Mr CH Gale, PM, and Mr J Riddle, Deputy Sheriff, were also on the Bench.
    The legal profession was represented by Messrs GSE Dale, JE McDonald, and WE Potts.
    The names of the jurors having been called, a large number were excused, and one, BM Cohen, was fined £2 for being absent.


    F Matthews was charged with the intention of committing an indecent assault on Leo Freeman, 5 years old, on the 14th February, 1900.
    After hearing evidence the jury returned a verdict of “Guilty,” with a rider recommending him to the mercy of the Court.
    His Honor then sentenced him to 6 months’ imprisonment in Tamworth Gaol, with hard labour.


1     The Narrabri Age and Namoi District Newspaper, Fri 2 Mar 1900, p. 3.

2     The Narrabri Herald and Northern Districts’ Advertiser, Tue 2 Mar 1900, p. 2.