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

R. v. Vaux [1839] NSWSupC 60

sexual assault on child

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Willis J., 6 August 1839

Source: Sydney Herald, 9 August 1839[1] 

TUESDAY. -- Before Mr. Justice Willis and a Civil Jury.

John Hardy Vaux was indicted for assaulting Ann Arundell, a child under ten years, with a felonious intent, at Sydney, on the 11th of May.

The prisoner, who is the notorious author of ``The autobiography of a swindler and thief," decoyed the child of a neighbour into a dark room, under pretence of giving her some sweetmeats and a penny, and there behaved very indecently.  The jury found a verdict of guilty.  In passing sentence, His Honor lamented that he could only pass a sentence which he felt to be altogether inadequate.  To be imprisoned for two years.



[1]  See also Sydney Gazette, 10 August 1839.

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