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Colonial Cases

R. v. Sheppard [1808]

duelling

Supreme Court at Calcutta

December 1808

Source: Jackson's Oxford Journal  (Oxford, England), 27 May 1809, issue 2926

In the Supreme Court at Calcutta in December last, Captain W. Sheppard was indicted for the wilful murder of Captain Phillips. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased was killed in a duel. The Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter; but shortly afterwards, when the prisoner had withdrawn, one of the jurors said he dissented from the verdict, being of opinion that the prisoner ought to have been acquitted; and stated that he and two others of the Jury had not been called upon to give their opinions previous to returning the verdict. The Court were, however, unanimously of the opinion, that a verdict once recorded could not be touched by any subsequent declaration of a Juror. The prisoner was fined 100 rupees, and sentenced to be imprisoned in the common gaol of Calcutta for six months.

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