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R. v. Batjoe and Berri, 1874

[assault, by "Malays" on Chinese]

R. v. Batjoe and Berri

Police Court, Palmerston
Price SM, 27 July 1874
Source: Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 1 August 1874, p 3



(Before Mr. E. W. Price, S.M.)

Serang Batjoe and Berri, two Malays, were charged on the information of Toey Yung, a chinaman, with having beaten and assaulted him on the 26th instant, at Palmerston.

The informant said that on Sunday evening the defendants came to him in a quarrelsome manner with knives. Ab Doolah, a witness, took away their knives, and they all went inside Yung's house to have supper, when Berri hit informant on the head. They then both hit him about the body, and afterwards repeated the assault outside the house, where one of them struck him in the face with a knife, making a wound, and also hit him on the leg with a stick.

Meeri, another Malay, stated that there was a scuffle; that defendants struck informant, and that he took a knife and went outside to fight with them. Two other Malays swore as to the blows with fists and stick, but did not see the defendants use a knife; whilst another Malay, Ab Doolah, said the informant had a knife in his hand as well as one of the defendants.

The defendants made a statement to the effect that informant quarreled with them about something which Mrs Ab Doolah had said, and that it was he who tried to use a knife.

Berri was fined £2, or 21 days' imprisonment with hard labor, and Serang £1, or 14 days' imprisonment with hard labor; and they were cautioned that if they used knives they would be sent to the Supreme Court for trial.

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