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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Dec 1881 1


    The Police Magistrate was assisted yesterday on the Criminal Side by Messrs Dean, Field, and Hale; and on the summons side by Messrs Senior, Smithers, Lester, and McDonald.

    Daniel Schoop, found guilty of having, in Druitt-street, at 6 pm, offended against public decency, was sentenced to pay a penalty of 10s, or to be imprisoned four days.

    Paul Dubois, a Frenchman, was required to explain his possession of a parachute, suspected to have been stolen, and failing to satisfy the Bench was sentenced to be imprisoned one month. The evidence was interpreted to prisoner by Mr Michel, Government interpreter.

    Henry Hutton was found guilty of having committed an assault of an aggravated character upon Ann Palmer. She deposed that about 7 o’clock in the morning of the 5th December prisoner came to her house, took out of her hand an axe with which she was breaking wood, and, using abusive language, struck her with the axe on the forehead; he went away, and about two hours afterwards returned, and, calling her names, both struck and kicked her; she only knew him as a person living in the neighbourhood; gave him no provocation whatever. To be imprisoned one month.

    Thomas Ephrain, charged with having assaulted William McGolrick, a constable, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to be imprisoned two months.

    Michael O’Toole, found guilty of having, in Harris-street, between 12 and 1 o’clock in the morning, behaved himself in a riotous manner, was sentenced to pay a penalty of 20s, or to be imprisoned seven days; and for resisting apprehension, was further sentenced to pay 40s, or to be imprisoned one month.

    Frank Burke was charged with using obscene language within the hearing of persons passing in a public place. Sergeant Garland deposed that on the 23rd November he was on duty near defendant’s residence in Ashton-court, and heard him use the words, “The —–, what brings him here?” Detective Williams was then leaving the house. Detective Williams deposed that in consequence of complaints he had heard respecting defendant’s house he visited it on the day named in the information, and found three women there, more or less under the influence of drink. On cross-examination, Williams said that on the previous day he was at the house, and went into a room where lay a woman recently confined; the house consisted of two rooms, and was almost destitute of furniture. To pay a penalty of 20s, or to be imprisoned seven days.

    William Marshall was found guilty of having assaulted John Abbott, and was sentenced to pay a penalty of 40s, or to be imprisoned one month.

    On the Summons side of the Court Otto Wilson, Bernard McMakin, and Thomas Willis, were fined 10s each, and Edward Moorehouse was fined 1s, for offences against the Publicans’ Licensing Act. Two defendants were fined 40s each for using indecent language; and several others in small sums for breaches of the Police Act.

    In Benjamin v. Clark, Upward v. Clyny, and Wangenheim v. Thorpe, proceedings under the Tenants’ Act, a seven days’ warrant to put in possession was granted in each.

    LICENCING BUSINESS.—A colonial wine license was granted to Joseph Everett. The publican’s license held by Samuel Prince was transferred to John White.


1  The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Dec 1881, p. 8. Emphasis added.