We always knew my mother's brother was a bit of a rogue but the report below fleshes it out a little:
From: The Cairns Post, Thursday 3 May 1928:
SUPREME COURT. TOWNSVILLE SITTINGS.
FIVE GUILTY PLEAS.
TOWNSVILLE, May 2.
The public portion of the Supreme Court this morning was crowded, probably on account of the retrial of Williams and Mclaughlan. The calendar of cases had a surprise collapse in that five of the eight accused pleaded guilty, one was found not guilty and two were remanded until Monday. Tomorrow morning, Chief Justice Blair will preside.
STEALING WITH VIOLENCE.
William Elliott C**, Rupert Emanuel Hoggett (alias Jack Williams) and Thomas Flynn were charged with having stolen in company on January 14, 1928, at Townsville, from Kwai Hing with actual violence the sum of 5 pounds. They were also charged with having on January 21 at Townsville assaulted with violence, Mary Ann Revesgard with intent to steal.
Each pleaded guilty.
Hoggett was sentenced to 12 months, In the case of Flynn, His Honor stated he would take into consideration that he was 17 years of age. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, the sentence to be suspended upon his entering into his own recognisance of 50 pounds to come up for sentence during that time if called upon.
In regard to C**, his Honor said be had no power to sentence him, but if he had he would have been given the same treatment as Flynn
As he was under 17 years of age, he came under the State Children's Department and would be sentenced to the custody of the department.
Thanks to Marty for sending me the above info