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R v. Logan [1883]

[murder - manslaughter]

R. v. Logan

Consular Court, Canton
1883

 

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 1883

THE LATE AFFRAY AT CANTON.

HONG KONG, SEPT. 30.

Logan, the English tide-waiter, who was recently charged with having killed one Chinese boy and wounded two others, at Canton, last month, was brought to trial at the British Consular Court in that city a few days ago, and being found guilty, was sentenced to penal servitude for seven years.  The populace at Canton are greatly discontented at the leniency of the sentence, and their hostility to the foreigners has been in consequence increased.

 

Source: The Argus (Melbourne, Australia), 2 October 1883

AFFAIRS IN CHINA.

THE TRIAL AT CANTON.

LONDON, Oct. 1.

The Chinese Viceroy at Canton has made a formal complaint of the lightness of the punishment influcted by the British Consular Court upon Logan, the English tidewaiter, who was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude for killing a Chinese boy and wounding two others at Canton in August last.

   A very uneasy feeling prevails among the European residents in that city, and business is entirely suspended.

 

Source: Timaru Herald (NZ), 4 October 1883

Now, to make matters worse, we hear an extremely ugly affair has cropped up at Canton.  An Englishman has murdered a Chinaman, and the British Consular Court, we presume, bearing in mind, no doubt, the necessity for Englishmen setting an example of humanity and Christian gentleness in Pagan lands, sentenced the offender to the severe penalty of seven years' imprisonment.  The Chinese community, well knowing probably, that this sentence would never be carried out, and eager for any cause of strife, have taken it into their pigtailed heads that the penalty is not severe enough, - as if a Chinaman more or less, were either here or there to anybody, - ..... and if we had our choice we would almost rather take our chance with the much injured Mr. Logan in his dungeon at Canton, that share the harried sufferings of the Vice-regal occupant of the palace of Hong Kong.

Source: The Australasian, Melbourne), 6 October 1883.

... Logan, the English tidewaiter, who is charged with having killed a Chinese boy and with wounding two others at Canton last month, was brought up for trial at the British Consular Court at that place a few days ago, and was sentenced to penal servitude for seven years.

The populace of Canton are greatly discontented at the leniency of the sentence, and their hostility to foreigners has increased in consequence.

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