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

R. v. Maria [1852] NSWSupCMB 10

stealing - Aboriginal defendant - women defendants in crime

Supreme Court of New South Wales, Moreton Bay

Stephen C.J., 18 May 1852

Source: Moreton Bay Courier, 22 May 1852, p. 2

Maria, an aboriginal native, stood indicted for stealing silver coin to the value of twenty shillings, the property of William John Clarke, of Brisbane . The prisoner had been employed by Mrs. Clarke, in work about the house, and was supposed to have stolen the money during her absence, because, when accused thereof, she ran away. She was pursued and captured, but no money found. To one of the constables she stated at first that she had given the money to a black boy, and afterwards denied this.

The Jury found a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged. James Davis acted as interpreter.

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University