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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

R. v. Ison [1820] NSWKR 6; [1820] NSWSupC 6

embezzlement - ship's crew

Court of Criminal Jurisdiction
Wylde J.A., 23 November 1820
Source: Sydney Gazette, 25 November 1820[1]

           George Ison was indicted for embezzling on the 3rd of July last, from Mr Robert Cooper, of George street, sundry articles, viz. 48 red caps, 12 pair of shoes, 24 tablespoons, and 12 quart pots. The circumstances were these: The prisoner, who came to this colony as boatswain of the ship Eliza, had shipped in June last on board the brig Campbell Macquarie, and had received, with the other seamen, two months advance, to proceed on a voyage, from which she had since returned. A day or two previous to the sailing of the vessel, the prisoner importuned Mr Cooper to let him have a couple of red shirts, which he complied with, at the same time giving him (the prisoner) an order to go to Mrs Cooper and obtain the articles specified in the indictment, for the use of the vessel, with which he was to proceed on board. The prisoner took the order to the warehouse; received the goods; and instead of going on board and proceeding on the voyage according to agreement, was not heard of for some weeks. A short time previous, however, to the return of the vessel from the southern settlements, the prisoner was apprehended, and committed for the fact of embezzlement to take his trial. He did not attempt to deny the receipt of the articles in question, together with his disappearance, but attributed it to other causes than that of a felonious intention, which, however, he failed in proving, and was therefore judged guilty - 7years to Newcastle.


[1] See also Court of Criminal Jurisdiction, Informations, Depositions and Related Papers, 1816-1824, State Records N.S.W., SZ792, p. 246 (no. 16).

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