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Colonial Cases


Carmarthen Journal, 11 July 1828    

   Two men named Epoigny and Giverna, were a few days ago sentenced by the Correctional Tribunal of Fontainbleau to ten months' imprisonment, for having wantonly caused the death of 16 persons.  It appeared in evidence that the accused, while driving some horses which were dragging a barge in the Seine, contrived to make the rope dip on the water, with a view, by way of frolic, of wetting a pleasure party of 25 persons, who were in a boat, going to a fete at Momery.  The frolic, however, was a fatal one, for the boat was upset, and 19 out of 25 were drowned.  Fifteen of the victims were girls under 18 years of age.


Carmarthen Journal, 17 October 1828                  

   There is now in one of the prisons at Bremin a female, in the bloom of youth, and very handsome, who is charged with having poisoned sixty-five persons, amongst whom were three husbands and five lovers.  The motives for these crimes were love, jealousy, ambition, or avarice.  One of the victims was a physician, who, after having examined one of the persons poisoned, and pronounced the cause of death, was almost poisoned the same day.  On being apprehended by the police and examined, poison was found concealed in the hair papers of her head, and she acknowledged thirty of the murders. - Courier des Tribuneux.


Carmarthen Journal, 20 November 1829

   A well known smuggler of Dover, Edward Prescott, who, some time ago lost one hand by the bursting of his gun, was found dead in the sands of Calais harbour, on Thursday week.


Carmarthen Journal, 25 December 1829

FATAL DUEL. - An unfortunate duel took place at St. Omer, on Tuesday the 8th inst.  The parties were a Mr. Bligh, and a Mr. Williams.  At the third fire Mr. Williams was shot dead.  The survivor and seconds immediately fled.  The seconds were a Mr. Maitland and a Mr. Tolfry.


Carmarthen Journal, 13 August 1830

CAPT. HELSHAM. - This gentleman, accompanied by his counsel, Mr. Bodkin, and several friends attended before Lord Tenterden, at Maidstone, Friday, upon the charge of killing Mr. Crowther in a duel at Boulogne some time since. .  .  .   It appears that, as the offence was committed abroad, it can only be tried by a special commission to be issued by the Lord Chancellor, and it was intimated by Capt. Helsham's Counsel that his acquittal by the Court at Boulogne would be pleaded in a bar of any indictment preferred here.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 August 1831


   This fatal occurrence took place on Thursday, the 11th inst.  Mr. Bond met his adversary, a Belgian officer, of the name of Esse, at four o'clock in the morning, in the neighbourhood of Capieure, which is about a mile distant from Boulogne.  He was shot in the groin, the ball passing nearly through the body, and lodging near the backbone, where it was cut out by a French surgeon, notwithstanding which, Mr. B. died in great agony at 11 o'clock on Thruway morning, seven hours after the meeting.


The Cambrian, 13 October 1832
On the 10th ult., within a month of their marriage, were drowned in the Dac de Gauve, near Canterets, in the Pyrennees,  .  .  .   William Henry Pattison, jun. Esq., of Lincoln's-Inn., Barrister-at-Law, and Sarah Frances, is wife, the only daughter of he late Rev. Goring Thomas, Esq.

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