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Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899

R. v. Blue [1824] NSWSupC 6

manslaughter - racial conflict

Supreme Court of New South Wales
Forbes C.J., 1 July 1824
Source: Sydney Gazette, 8 July 1824

William Blue was next arraigned for manslaughter. It appeared that the prisoner had been considerably annoyed by several boys, among whom was one Thomas Cox; that the aggressors (the boys) gathered round the prisoner, and made such sport of him, as to cause him to throw a stone, which unfortunately struck the deceased, Thomas Cox, and soon after caused his death. A verdict of Guilty was returned; but the Jury very strongly recommended the prisoner to the favorable consideration of His Excellency the Governor, which His Honor the Chief Justice was pleased to say should be attended to. [1]


c [1] He received a sentence of six months imprisonment, computed from the day of commitment: Sydney Gazette, 8 July 1824, p. 2, col. 3. This is presumably the well known Billy Blue. He was of African descent.

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