The Cumberland Times, Thu 18 Apr 1901 1
At the Police Court yesterday, before the relieving PM, Mr F Meares, John Ambrose Murray, a poverty-stricken, but respectable-looking, well-spoken old man of 61 years, was charged by Arthur Dunleavy, a youth of 18, with having committed an indecent assault upon the latter on the evening of Monday last. Complainant and accused are both inmates of the George-street Asylum, the old man a victim of destitution, and the boy a sufferer from epilepsy. The evidence is entirely unfit for publication, and was not corroborated by any of the evidence adduced by such witnesses as were called in support of the charge. The two had been seen sitting on the same form together under a tree near the river, and Mr Hinchy, an Asylum attendant, gave evidence of complainant having made a complaint to him of accused having committed the assault. Complainant also said that when accused took indecent liberties with him that he struck him in the face. There was, however, no marks in evidence of accused having been struck, which would have been visible unless the blow alleged to have been given had been a very light one indeed. In answer to accused, Mr Hinchey [sic] said he had known him off and on in the Asylum for about two years, and for many, many years outside. He had never heard anything against his moral character outside, and in the Asylum he was always well-behaved. Accused went into the witness [John Ambrose Murray] box, and on oath denied the accusation. He was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions to be held on the 13th May.
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The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, Sat 20 Apr 1901 2
PARRAMATTA POLICE COURT.
Wednesday, April 17.
(Before Mr FP Meares, PM, Captain Finlayson, JP, and Messrs J Waugh and PJ Braine, J’sP.)
John A[mbrose] Murray was charged with assaulting A[rthur] Dunleavy.
Sergeant Nies deposed that he went to George street Asylum on Tuesday. Saw the defendant and a young man named Arthur Dunleavy. The latter said in Murray’s presence. “This man was following me about all day yesterday.” he also made other statements with reference to the defendant’s conduct.
John B Hinchy deposed that he was an attendant at the George street Asylum. The boy Dunleavy made a report to him on Monday. The defendant bore a good character.
Two other witnesses gave evidence, but their evidence was merely as to the defendant and Dunleavy having been seen together.
The defendant was cautioned.
The defendant [John Ambrose Murray] gave evidence. He swore that he had always borne an unimpeachable character.
Murray was committed for trial on the 13th of May.
1 The Cumberland Times (Parramatta), Thu 18 Apr 1901, p. 2. Emphasis added.
2 The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate (Parramatta), Sat 20 Apr 1901, p. 6. Emphasis added.