Wednesday, 13 June 1860
Wednesday, 13 June 1860
We noticed this painful matter very briefly in yesterday's Daily Post. Today the case was fully gone into, before T. Phillips and William Gough, Esqurs., and occupied upwards of two hours in its hearing. Of course from its nature charges of capital offence and criminal assault upon youths we cannot give the details, and the first or more serious charge [i.e. sodomy] was not substantiate [i.e. there was no proof of penetration and ejaculation]. As to the second the indecent assaults the lads gave detailed evidence. The defendant is a young man, the Rev. Henry Hatchard Coward, and he has for some time past officiated as a minister in what is called the Free Church, situate in the Grange Road, Small Heath. He is not married, and has apartments at a respectable house in Muntz Street, near his church. The witnesses were George Turner, 17, George Alcott, 16, William King, 17, and Herbet Johnson, 16. It seems that the accused was assiduous in attending to a school attached to his chapel, and took advantage of this to appoint Turner to come to his lodgings, and in a room where he professed to display some chemical experiements (the place being darkened by the shutters being closed) the indecent assault took place. As to Alcott's case, this youth was enticed by a promise orf some cast-off clothes to go into the room just referred to, and he was there also indecently assaulted by the prisoner. The case of King was one of strange character. Defendant met him accidentally in Heath Mill Lane, and after telling him that he was a doctor, recently come from London, went with him to where he worked, in Trinity Street, and appointed a place to meet him in the evening at nine o'clock; but Coward did not come till the next afternoon, when he fetched the youth, and took him to the Fountain, in Heath Mill Lane. Here, after treating him with ale, the indecent assault took place, but immediately upon its occurring, King left the place and went to his work. The last case, that of Johnson,w as of sad character. The defendant had got this youth to sleep with him on three several nights, and the indecency took place in bed. This youth, on being asked if he resiste,d answered in the negative, as on the two first occasions of sleeping together, Coward frightened him by talking of committing suicide with a pistol. After a lengthened consultation, the Magistrates were of opinion that they could only commit for trial in the cases of Alcott and King; but from what fell from Mr. Powell in Court, he being engaed for the prosecution, the charge as regards Johnson will also have the attention of a Jury. Finally the defendant, who, by the advice of Mr. Hemmant, his solicitor, reserved his defence, was committed to the Sessions for trial. The Bench, in answer to Mr. Hemmant, said that bail would be accepted for the prisoner, two sureties in £100 each, and himself in £200. The defendant, who maintained much self-possession during the painful details, was dressed in the costume of a minister, and is of short stature, pale complexion, dark hair and eyes, and apparently about thirty years of age. One of his brothers was in Court, and it is said that Coward is respectably connected. He was apprehended at Leamington on Sunday last, where he had been just before preaching a sermon in one of the chapels. To inspector Horsewill, of the Leamington police, who took him, he said, "They cannot, however, charge me with sodomy." (Birmingham Daily Post, Issue 653.
Saturday, 23 February 1861
The bills against the following prisoners were all cut: . . . John Blenkinsop Bagley, provision dealer, 32 (imp.), indicted for committing the crime of sodomy, at Blackburn, on the 16th December, 1860. (The Preston Guardian)
Friday, 28 June 1861
CHARGE OF SODOMY. Gillyatt Sumner, and old man with white hair, who has resided at Woodmancy, near Beverley, and a young man named Crabtree, from Bradford, were charged with committing sodomy. The charge was made by a boilermaker in the employ of Messrs Samuelsons, named Jones. Holgate, who with prisoners and some others, had occupied beds on Wednesday night in a room at the Regatta Tavern, High-street, with several witnesses were examined, and the case was adjourned until to-morrow (Friday). (The Hull Packet and East Riding Times; issue 3989.)
28 June 1861
CHARGE OF SODOMY. Gillyatt Sumner, an old man with white hair, who has resided at Woodmancy, near Beverley, and a young man named Crabtree, from Bradford, were charged with committing sodomy. The charge was made by a boilermaker in the employ of Messrs Samuelsons, named Jones. Holgate, who with prisoners and some others, had occupied beds on Wednesday night in a room at the Regatta Tavern, High-street, with several witnesses were examined, and the case was adjourned until to-morrow (Friday). (Hull Packet)
28 June 1861
SODOMY. Gilligate Sumner and James Crabtree were charged by Jonas Holgate, the one with committing sodomy and the other with allowing it to be committed upon him at the Regatta Tavern, High-street, on Thursday morning about two o'clock. The facts of the case are unfit for publication. The prisoners were remanded till Friday. (Hull Advertiser)
29 June 1861
At the Hull Police Court, yesterday, Gillyatt Sumner and James Crabtree, remanded on an abominable charge, were committed to the Sessions to take their trial for an attempt. Bail was offered to be taken for Crabtree, but refused for Sumner. (Beverley and East Riding Recorded)
12 July 1861
This case caused a good deal of excitement, and the court was crowded during the proceedings of the trial. The counsel for the prosecution were Mr Smith and Mr Gresham, instructed by Mr Summers; and the counsel on the other side were, for Mr Sumner, Mr W. D. Seymour, Q.C. (specially retained), and Mr Lewers; Pettingell being solicitor for both prisoners.
The principal witness was a boiler maker named James Holgate, and the offence was alleged to have been committed at the Regatta Tavern, High-street.
Mr. Seymour, Q.C., addressed the jury on behalf of the defence. His speech, which wa a most eloquent defence of the prisoners, lasted an hour and twenty minutes. In commencing his observations he said he felt much pleasure and delight at hearing his voince once more in the good old town of Hull, and in this good old Court-house. Referring to the nature of the charge, he said there were occasions when a British advocate in a court of law had something to impel him in a course of duty, something far nobler and loftier than any sentiment of modesty or decorum. The prisoner he defended was charged with a crime againstwhcih his respectability and white locks spoke with eloquence. The years he had spent inpublic utility, in making a collection of antiquated lore, which literatii and men of genius in Yorkshire had visited, spoke as well as his age, his position, and his respectability. He then commented very severely on the manner in which the evidence had been given, and the character of the principal witness, and ponte dout the many circumstances which favoured doubt and disbelief of the truth of the charge, and which they were bound to, and would willingly give the prisoners the benefit. At the conclusion of his speech, the learned council was greeted with loud cheers by the people in the court.
Several witnesses were then called to speak as to the respecability of Mr Sumner. The witnesses were Mr Matthew Denton, retired grocer, of Beverley, who knew him upwards of 30 years; Mr James Harrison, painter, Beverley; Mr Robert Park, bricklayer; and Mr Thos. Palmer, grocer. Each of these gentlemen deposed that during the many years they had known Mr Sumner he had been a person of good moral characteer. He had been a churchwarded for Beverley, and had been a member of the Town-council of that town. He was greatly respected amongst the poor people, and had been once requested byt he working-classes to put himself in nomination as a member of parliament.
After a few words from Mr Thompson, the learned Recorder proceeded to sum up the evidence, after which the jury returned a verdict of "Guilty" against Mr Sumner, and acquitted the lad Crabtree.
The Recorder sentenced Sumner to 14 months' imprisonment.
This concluded the business of the sessions. (Hull Packet)
13 July 1861
13 July 1861
At the Hull sessions, on Saturday, Mr. Sumner, an old gentleman of independent means, residing at Woodmanse, near Beverley, and who, only a short time ago, was solicited to become a candidate for the representation of that borough, was sentenced to fourteen months' imprisonment for an abominable offence. (Leicester Chronicle)
13 July 1861
Jonas Holgate,on whose evidence the entire case rested, then desdribed what took place in the bedroom, the particulars of which are unfit for publiczation.
Mr. Thompson, on behalf of the defendant, Crabtree, raised a technical objection to the terms of the indictment, which the learned Recorder overruled.
The counsel for the defence then, for the space of one hour and twenty minutes, delivered a most powerful, impressive, and eloquent speech in defence of Sumner, and in conclusion asked What and who was the man Holgate, where did he come from? Bright, was his reply. But, what was he? an honest, hardworking man, a boiler-maker, staying in Brighton, out of work, living on his means, as he said. Was it becasue there was no work to be had? or was it rather thant he was one of that class of men who preferred idleness to working, and who when they have got a little money could not work until they had spent it? What was there about him, but the coat of the Messrs. Samuelson to commend him as a respectable man to the jury? The jury would have heard of men, for the purpose of extorting money from parties, making aanst them the most abominable charges. What was there in the present case to preclude it from being included in that category? Look at the conduct of the man Holdgate. According to his own evidence he overhears a conversation which arouses his honest suspicions. These suspicions being aroused, he awaits the prisoners goint to bed. Not only that, he lies awake for the space of two hours, says he hears expressions which convince him that an unnatural offence is contemplated, and further, that he actually witnesses what confirms those suspicions. But he would beg the jury's attention to his conduct under the circumstances. He says he lay looking on for three or four minutes before jumping out of bed an charging sumner. He sould ask whether a man of an honest and pure disposition would have looked on for a length of time sufficient for the consummation of the offence, or he would not have on the very first second of his beholding anyting improper have jumped up and stopped it. He does not do that. He lies there with listening ears and stifled breath, allowing his eyes to rest on the operation he had described. What was the inference to be drawn from his conduct? Was it as he had suggested, that he knew that Sumner was a man with money, and that he thought if he even mentioned such a matter as the one under consideraton to him, he (Sumner) would at once have come out with the expression satisfactory to the feelings of an extortioner? but that Sumner, instead of having done so, indignantly refuted the accusation made against him, and calle dhim (Holgate) a villain, and that therefore Holgate, finding his project a failure, felt bound to proceed with his charge against the parties to protect himself from having to stand at that bar to answer a charte of attempting to extort money from Sumner. It was possible, very possible, that such might have been the case.
The learned Recorder having very carefully summed up the whole of the evidence,
The jury, after a short consultsation, returned into court wiht averdict of not guilty on the first count, and a verdict of guilty against Sumner on the second count. The learned Recorder sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment. (Beverley and East Riding Recorder)
10 January 1863
18 October 1864
Saturday, 15 February 1862
PETTY SESSIONS [Portsmouth], Saturday. John Phillips, keeper of the "Evening Star," beerhouse, was summoned by Superintendent Cook, charged with keeping a disorderly house, and allowing persons to meet together therein for immoral purposes. Mr. Field conducted defendant's case. The evidence is unfir for publication. The defendant was convicted in the penalty of 2l. 10s., and costs.
COMMITTED TO THE HANTS COUNTY PRISON. . . . Sodomy Charles Winfield and Samuel Gobey, 330 days. (Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle; Issue 3254)
Friday, 16 May 1862
SODOMY. William Normanton, a resolute looking fellow, was brought up on a charge of attempting to commit sodomy upon a youth named Ralph Oliver, residing with his parents in Church-street, Drypool. After the hearing of the prosecutor's evidence, which was of a very disgusting character throughout, his worship expressed himself dissatisfied with the evidence, and therefore discharged the prisoner on the ground that the charge was not substantiated. (The Hull Packet and East Riding Times; Issue 4034)
Saturday, 5 August 1865
WEDNESDAY. Thomas Manuel, 23, was arraigned for having, at Wrexham, committed an unnatural crime with one William Williams, on the 10th of July, 1865.
Friday, 13 November 1868
24 April 1869
SOURCE: Various newspapers, dates as given.
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