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The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Wed 22 Jan 1902 1

    QUARTER SESSIONS AND DISTRICT COURT.—The Quarter sessions will be opened on Tuesday, January 28th, before his Honor Judge Docker. The number of cases for trial cannot be exactly stated at present, but it would appear to be above the average. There are from six to ten defendants on bail from various courts in the district; and in addition the following persons are in custody in Dubbo gaol awaiting trial, the name of the Court from which committed being set against each, viz:—Albert Aylin, stealing 1½ cwt of vegetables, the property of the Railway Commissioners (Narromine); Herbert Howes, indecent assault (Peak Hill); Thos Pierce, breaking and entering (Dubbo); David Horsfield, maliciously attempting to shoot one Charles Childs (Gilgandra); George Phillips alias Chas Ryan, indecent assault (Dubbo); William Doyle, assault and robbery (Narromine); Henry England, horse-stealing (Dubbo); The District Court is to open on 30th instant. The list of cases set down is somewhat smaller than usual, only 19 appearing on the list; of these several are undefended, and no doubt others will be settled before being called. The sitting is therefore not likely to exceed, at most, two days; but it is probable that the opening of the Court will be delayed by the somewhat heavy calendar at the Sessions.

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Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent, Sat 1 Feb 1902 2

(Before Judge Docker)
Tuesday, Jan 28th.

THIS Court opened on Tuesday before His Honor Judge Docker. Mr Murray prosecuted for the Crown.

Thursday, 30th January.


    Herbert Howe [aka Herbert Howes] was charged with having committed an indecent assault on a lad named Cyril Golding, at Tomingley on November 25th last.

    Mr McGuinn defended the accused.

    The Crown Prosecutor briefly stated the case and called the following evidence.

    Constable Williams, stationed at Tomingley, stated the circumstances of the offence dictated to him by the boy Golding, at the Royal Hotel, Tomingley. From something the boy told him on the morning of the 26th he made an examination of the room and bed at the place where the offence was alleged to have been committed.

    The lad Golding gave evidence, as also did accused, but of a character unsuitable for publication.

    The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and accused was discharged.

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The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Sat 1 Feb 1902 3


THE Dubbo Quarter Sessions were being held when he [sic] went to press on Tuesday, before His Honor Judge Docker. Mr GH Taylor, JP, had a seat on the Bench as Deputy Sheriff. Mr RT MacNevin, CPS, was Clerk of the Peace.

    Mr JHP Murray was Crown Prosecutor.


    Herbert Howes was before the Court on a charge of committing an indecent assault on a boy of six years named Cyril Golding, at Tomingley, on November 28. Mr McGuinn appeared for the accused, who challenged two jurors.

    Constable Williams deposed to the arrest of accused. In cross-examination he admitted that the accused was brought before two magistrates at Tomingley, but was committed by a third (Mr Sharp) who had not heard the evidence.

    Dr [Harry] Tresidder gave evidence as to his examination of certain articles handed to him.

    Cyril Golding, an intelligent boy of six years old, deposed to the circumstances of the assault.

    For the defence,

    Herbert Howes, the accused, gave evidence denying the charge in toto.

    He was severely cross-examined by the Crown Prosecutor and by his Honor.

    Robert King, a boy of 11 years of age, gave evidence in support, denying certain secondary circumstances mentioned by the lad Cyril Golding.

    After about 1½ hours’ deliberation the jury returned into Court with a verdict of not guilty, and accused was discharged.


1     The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Wed 22 Jan 1902, p. 2. Emphasis added.

2     Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent, Sat 1 Feb 1902, pp. 3, 4. Emphasis added.

3     The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Sat 1 Feb 1902, pp. 2, 4. Emphasis added.