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R v. Smith, 1858


R. v. Smith

Consular Court, China
The North-China Herald, 1 January 1859



AT a Court held at H.B.M.'s Consulate before F. Harvey, Esq., H.M. Officiating Consul, and two assessors, on the 20th ultimo, Charles Smith, seaman on board the Versailles was charged with having stabbed his shipmate Richard Parkyn, in two places in the back thereby inflicting a dangerous wound.

The prisoner, in his defence, pleaded "Drunkenness."

The Court after carefully considering the evidence and viewing the dastardly nature of the act committed by the prisoner in using a knife against one of his shipmates, without provocation, resentenced him to 12 months' imprisonment in Hongkong Jail, with hard labour.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School