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

R. v. Sippy [1854] NSWSupCMB 19

Aboriginal defendant - robbery

Supreme Court of New South Wales, Moreton Bay

Dickinson J., 20 May 1854

Source: Moreton Bay Courier, 27 May 1851, p. 2

Sippy, an aboriginal, was charged with robbing one Robert Hardgrave of a mare and other property, at Moggill, on the 11th November last; using violence at the same time to the said Robert Hardgrave.

The facts of this case will be fresh in the memory of our readers. The prisoner, who was confined in Brisbane gaol on a charge of murder, made his escape, and on his way up country met the boy Robert Hardgrave, whom he robbed of the mare he was riding, beating him at the same time very cruelly with sticks, and leaving him apparently dead. Dr. Hobbs, who dressed the boy's wounds, deposed that there were seven cuts on his head, which bled profusely. The scars of some of the wounds were exhibited to the jury. The Attorney-General, in opening the case, stated that the charge of murder for which Sippy had been committed could not be sustained then, in consequence of the absence of material witnesses.

The jury without hesitation found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to three years hard labour in Darlinghurst gaol.

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University