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Colonial Cases

R. v. Allen and another [1790]

slave court

Slave Court, Jamaica

8 July 1790

Source: Public Advertiser (London, England), 7 September 1790, issue 17525, from the British Library's site, 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

Saint Jago de la Vega, July 8....

Immediately after the Quarter Sessions, a Slave-Court was formed, when John Allen, a mulatto, was arraigned for the murder of Geo. Sedmore, a seaman belonging to the ship Clarendon. A declaration of his freedom raising doubts in the Court, he was remanded to gaol.


Monday [5 August] a Slave Court, composed of three magistrates and nine jurors, was held for the trial of the Sambo slave, indicted for the murder of a negro apprentice. After a trial of considerable length, the Jury found the culprit guilty of Manslaughter, and he was sentenced to be kept to hard labour during life.

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