Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
5 October 1844
QUARTER SESSIONS, THURSDAY, 30TH OCTOBER, 1844
On the Bench, with the Chairman, were the following magistrates:—GILBERT ELIOTT, Esq., P.M.; NELSON LAWSON, Esq.; JOHN BETTS, Esq.,; JOHN BLAXLAND, Esq.; G. B. SUTTOR, Esq.; and J. F. BELL, Esq.
The majority of the cases tried to-day possessed but little of public interest, and would have been far more effectually dealt with, as was observed by the Jury, in hearing one of the cases (a committal from the Windsor Bench), by the magistrates—if, instead of committing, and thereby, besides saddling a heavy expense on the Colony, imposing much inconvenience and loss on the various prosecutors and witnesses, they had dealt with the offenders in a summary manner under the ‘Rogue & Vagabond Act.’
THE TOMBSTONE CASE—THOMAS PATRICK LARKINS, indicted for having Government property, to wit, a stone,* in his possession, knowing the same to have been stolen. It is of so recent date that this case was fully given in The Australian, that it is unnecessary to again report the evidence, more particularly as there was no difference from, or addition to, that given before the Bench on the prisoner’s committal. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to three months’ hard labor in the Parramatta Gaol.
* The stone was used on ANN EDGELEY’s grave. EDGELEY had been the former laundress at the Parramatta Female Factory.
See Original: “COUNTRY NEWS. PARRAMATTA,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Saturday 5 October 1844, p.3
See also: “COUNTRY NEWS. PARRAMATTA,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Thursday 19 September 1844, p.4