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Colonial Cases

New South Wales, Army

Launceston Advertiser, 8 November 1832


Sydney, 17th Oct., 1832

  His Majesty has been pleased to commute the sentence of death, passed upon private James M'Nab of the 4th (or King's Own) Regt. by a general Court Martial, held at Parramatta on the 31st Dec., 1831, to transportation to Norfolk Island for life, which sentence is to be carried into immediate effect.

  Private James M'Nab was convicted of stepping out of the ranks, and assaulting his officer on parade, and was sentenced to be shot to death, in conformity to the Articles of War.  The proper conduct of the men who were present on parade, in immediately seizing upon their guilty comrade, was represented to His Majesty, by the Major General commanding, and His Majesty has, in consequence, been graciously pleased to spare the regiment the pain of witnessing a military execution.  The punishment which is now adjudged, marks however, the heinous nature of the offence of which private James M'Nab has been guilty.  He is doomed to linger out his life, laboring upon the public works of a remote island.

By Command.  K. SNODGRASS, M.B.

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