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Carmarthen Journal, 28 March 1828  Death at Sea

   An  occurrence of a serious nature, and much to be deplored, took place last Friday with the French Government cutter, Goeland, and the vessels employed in the oyster fishery, betwixt this island and Granville. .  .  .  .   Theory were immediately fired upon from the latter vessel [the Goeland] and, unfortunately, a sailor, named Smith, was mortally wounded, a ball having entered the hind part of his thigh, penetrated through the bone, and wounded the intestines, lodging midday between the navel and the pubes.  The poor man died on Sunday morning at Gorey. .  .  .  .   A coroner's inquest was held at Gorey yesterday (Monday) on the body of John Smith, when the jury, after some consultation, returned the following verdict:- The deceased, John Smith was killed in consequence of a shot fired at him intentionally by Mr. Louvel, commander of the Goeland, while the said Smith was in the act of getting on board the Favourite, which he considered to have been unlawfully seized.     [Jersey]


Carmarthen Journal, 26 October 1829


Jersey, Oct. 6. - The awful sentence of the law, in this case, was carried into effect on Saturday about 2 o'clock, and Philip Jolin expiated, as far as society was concerned, the crime of patricide, of which two Juries, in number together 37, had unanimously found him guilty. .  .  .    An event of the kind has not taken place in Jersey for 19 years.

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