Thursday 7 January 1836
Thursday 7 January 1836
The return contained the names of Richard Shepherd for burglary, and James Sparshott for an unnatural crime, convicted at the last Summer Assizes, and executed at Horsham on the 22d August last. (Brighton Gazette)
Friday 29 January 1836
On Saturday last, an old man named Taylor, nearly 60 years of age, and a youth about 14, whom the old wretch had seduced as his victim, were taken into custody, charged with having committed an unnatural cime; they were examined by the Magistrates, and on Monday were both committed to Nottingham County Jail, to take their trial for the abominable offence. (Nottingham Review)
Friday 4 March 1836
NOTTINGHAM ASSIZES. The business of the assizes will commence on Thursday next . . . There are nine prisoners for trial in the town jail; viz. one for murder, one for rape, and seven on charges of felony; in the county jail there are nineteen prisoners, viz. two for a nameless offence, . . . (Nottingham Review)
Friday 11 March 1836
John Taylor, 60, and John Knight, 15, for an unnatural offence at Newark. . . . (Nottingham Review)
Friday 18 March
LORD ABINGER, in addressing the Grand Jury, said, . . . In regard to the third case, that of an offence against the order of nature, his Lordship said, that unless the evidence was such as to appear likely to end in a conviction, it would be well at once to throw out the bill, as it was not at all desirable that such cases should be made the subject of discussion in public without any result. . . .
JOHN TAYLOR, 60, and JOHN KNIGHT, 15, were charged in the calendar, with having committed an offence against nature, &c. at Newark, on the 20th of January. The grand jury only returned a true bill for the minor offence of the attempt.
Mr. Clarke stated the case and called witnesses; Mr. Hill appeared for the younger and Mr. Miller for the elder prisoner. Both not guilty. (Nottingham Review)
Tuesday 22 March 1836
JESSE DORRELL, 16, for having committed an abominable crime, at Doddington. Two years' hard labor; two months in solitary confinement.
ROBERT STARTUP, 18, for assaulting John Chambers, and with having committed an abominable crime. Two years' hard labor; two months in solitary confinement.
FRANCOIS BARABINI, 54, for assault, with intent to commit an abominable crime. Two years' hard labor; two months in solitary confinement.
Saturday 26 March 1836
Friday 27 May 1836
UNNATURAL CRIME. The Nantwich Magistrates were engaged on Monday last, in the investigation of a charge against Randle Holden, lock-up keeper, for an assault upon a young man whom he enticed to the outskirts of the town, with intent to commit an unnatural crime. The facts are of course unfit for publication. We understand that the magistrates required him to find securities for his appearance, to answer the charge at another tribunal, and in default to be committed. (Chester Chronicle)
Friday 22 July 1836
Edw. Edis, bricklayer, of Bosberton, was at the Duke of York public-house there on Saturday the 23d of January last, between 8 and 10 o'clock at night. The defendant and several other persons were there. Defendant said, "Has any body seen old Johnson today? he generally comes on a Saturday." I understood him to mean the plaintiff. Somebody said, "No." Defendant said, "No; and you will see him no more." I asked, "Is he broken?" Defendant said, "No, worse than that; he has been at back-door work." I understood him to mean that he had committed an unnatural crime.
By the Judge: Defendant is rather more than 40 years of age: he is a wheelwright, and lives in his own house. Plaintiff is a widower with several children two or three of them grow-up men.
George Ladd, shoemaker, of Gosberton, was in defendant's shop on Friday the 22d of January last, between 3 and 4 in the afternoon. He said, "Johnson has been treading in 's shoes" (the name, at the suggestion of counsel, the witness suppressed). I said, "I should like to tread in his shoes too," (supposing the allusion was to 's property). Robertson said, "No; but he had been at back-door work with some man or some boy." He said, "He had been caught in the fact." I was also at the public-house on the Saturday when Edis was present. (Witness confirmed Edis as to what passed there.) Robinson was sober enough.
Fras. Hames, constable of Spalding, served defendant with a writ on the 12th of February: Robinson said, "Mr Johnson should have none of his money he would assign over first." (Witness was about to produce the Stamford Mercury, to show that Robinson had made an assignment; but this the Judge held to be inadmissible.) Robinson said he should like to "ash-plant Johnson."
The Judge, in a brief summing up, recommended the Jury not to give vindictive damages, but such liberal damages as would restore the plaintiff to that comfort and self-satisfaction in the bosom of his family which, with such an imputation hanging over him, he could not possibly enjoy.
The Jury returned a verdict for Plaintiff, damages 50l.. (Stamford Mercury)
Saturday 20 August 1836
Patrick Conway, 26, was indicted for an unnatural crime at Brinnington on the 6th July last. The prisoner appeared to be a bricklayer's labourer. Mr Dunn addressed the jury for the defence, and called an Irish witness to prove that the accused was working with him at the time the offence was said to have been committed; but the principal witness for the prosecution, on re-examination, proved that the witness for the defence had offered him money not to appear against Conway. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and the court sentenced him to two years' imprisonment. (Manchester Times)
Sunday, 25 September 1836
Tuesday 27 September 1836
Norton, who is 72 years of age, implored his lordship to mitigate the punishment; but the Recorder informed him that he could hold out no hope. (Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser)
Monday 10 October 1836
The Sheriffs are aware that prisons ought not to be made places of comfort, but of terror; that, instead of affording an asylum too little feared by the criminal, they ought to be places of punishment; and they therefore regret that, from the interior construction of Newgate; from the constant influx of prisoners from other prisons; from the short time most of the prisoners remain in Newgate; and from it being a prison of transit only, that many of the admirable regulations which exist, and have been enforced with so much success in othe prisons, cannot be carried into effect in this. But at the same time the Sheriffs are confidently of opinion that it is possible, even now, to effect many wise alterations; and they feel satisfied that the Court of Aldermen will cheerfully cooperate with them in giving effect to the following suggestions:
. . . That the condemned yard ought to be separated by a wall; and the lower cells appropriated for persons committed for unnatural crimes, and that part of the yard used for air and exercise by those persons, and that the windows of those cells be levelled off, and a water closet be made. . . . (Morning Post)
Saturday 22 October 1836
Thomas Piercy, minister of the Ranters' chapel, was charged before the Bristol magistrate on Monday, with committing an unnatural crime; he was remanded till Friday, when another charge of a still more horrible nature, if possible, was preferred against him. He was again remanded. (Western Times)
Saturday 22 October 1836
Tuesday . . . Piercy, the ranting preacher, was again brought up for re-examination. When the reporters entered, the magistrates censured, in the most severe terms, the conduct of a Mr. Sherring, of Castle-street, who, they said, had, for the sake of a few paltry shillings, under a false plea that his reporter had been exclusively admitted to the examination, published a false and indecent account of an investigation which it was said had taken place before the magistrates. Mr. Herapath said that the matter contained in that paper was exceedingly immoral and offensive, and he had given Sherring notice not to publish any more of them, but he still continued to do so; he was of opinion that he ought to be prosecuted by the magistrates for so scandalous and indecent a libel. The magistrates generally said the conduct of the reporters for the respectable portion of the press had gained for them the confidence of the magistrates, but, rather than such disgusting falsehoods should go before the public, they would have bought them all and burnt them.
Saturday 29 October 1836
Thomas Piercy, the ranter, who has been in custody during the last fortnight, for a nameless offence, underwent a final examination on Wednesday last, at Bridewell, when he was discharged, from the want of sufficient evidence to send him to trial. (Bristol Mercury)
SOURCE: Various newspapers, dates as given.
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