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HERYEY OX TRIAL. Press Association —By Telegraph—Copyright* •SYDNEY, January 6. Grant. Hervey, a wcil-known "freelance" journalist, appeared in court today to answer a charge that he falsely pretended ti> .Toiin Xorton that he had misconducted himself on two occasion. s ) with .Mrs Norton, and then made a wilful false promise that lie would supply information which would enable Norton to discover Mrs Norton misconducting herself with Hervey, hy moans of which fake pretence, and partly hy means of wliieh promise. Hervey attempted to ohtain from John Norton £2OO, with intent to defraud. Detectives gave evidence! that they secreted themselves in an adjoining room in ' Truth ' office, and heard accused state that he could supply valuable information to enable Norton to obtain the custody o! his child, Hervey produced a diary purporting to contain proofs of his misconduct with Mrs Norton on twr f occasions, and stated that ho could arrange for further misconduct, to enable Norton to catch tliern in flagrante delicto within a week. Witness asiced for £IOO down and £IOO when the business was completed. Ha signed a document ailirming the statements. Next day Hervey called again and said: "Everything is arranged. It will take place near t'no house. I will Etrike a, match as ;i. signal."' When confronted by the detectives Hcrvey admitted preparing a statement of misconduct. Later, in reply to Mrs Norton's question respecting an assertion, accused said : "It is in the "document, but it is untrue." Mrs Norton denied misconduct with a<> cused. adding that Hervey was her principal witness" in the divorce suit a.gaingfi her husband, and that was the reason whjf Norton wanted to get the accused out a 8 the way. Norton corroborated the detectives' evidence, Hervey pleaded not guilty, and reserved his defence. He was committed for trial. While Norton was signing the depositions Mrs Norton shouted i "You are an assassin. You ought to bo thrashed. You are assassinating the good name of your wifo and children."

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CONSPIRACY, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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CONSPIRACY Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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