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

R. v. Moore (No. 1) [1857] NSWSupCMB 20

sodomy

District Court of New South Wales, Moreton Bay

Milford J., 19 May 1857

Source: Moreton Bay Courier, 23 May 1857

UNNATURAL OFFENCE.

John Moore, an old man, apparently above sixty years of age, was indicted for having committed an unnatural offence at Doughboy Creek on the 3rd March last.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

The only evidence was that of Patrick Reynolds, residing at Doughboy Creek, who swore positively as to the commission of the crime.

The prisoner said he knew nothing about it.

Mr. Souter testified as to the general good character of the prisoner.

The jury retired for about ten minutes, and re-turned with a verdict of guilty of an attempt to commit the offence. Some of the jurymen recommended the prisoner to mercy on account of his age. Remanded for sentence.

Milford J., 21 May 1857

Source: Moreton Bay Courier, 23 May 1857

John Moore , who was convicted on Tuesday of an attempt to commit an unnatural offence, was brought up this morning for judgment, and sentenced to two years' imprisonment in Brisbane Gaol, with hard labour.

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University