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

R. v. McCabe [1822] NSWKR 19; [1822] NSWSupC 19

stealing, sheep

Court of Criminal Jurisdiction

Wylde J.A., 23 December 1822

Source: Sydney Gazette, 27 December1822

            Edward McCabe and James Martin were indicted for obtaining thirty sheep, under false pretences, from the flock of Mrs Elizabeth Hassall, of Parramatta. The prisoners took an order, purporting to be signed by James Smithers, a butcher of Sydney,  for 30 sheep. Smithers having been an occasional purchaser of stock from Mrs Hassall, the order was complied with which, in the course of 2 or 3 days, turned out to be forgery. Twenty-nine of the animals were presently recovered, owing to the activity of the police, and the prisoners apprehended. The felony was clearly made out, and the prisoners sentenced - 7 years transportation.

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University