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Daniel Coffee  1

 

Depositions for Daniel Coffee, 20 Aug 1834, Sydney Trial  2 

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In the fifth Year of the Reign of
Our Sovereign Lord William the Fourth,
by the Grace of God, of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,
King, Defender of the Faith.

New South Wales
(TO WIT.)–         }
Be it Remembered, That John Kinchela, Esquire, Doctor of Laws, His Majesty’s Attorney General for the Colony of New South Wales, who prosecutes for His Majesty in this Behalf, being present in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, now here, on the first Day of August in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty four at Sydney, in the Colony aforesaid, informs the said Court, that Daniel Coffee [aka Coffey] late of Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, Labourer–
to wit on the thirteenth Day of July in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-four with Force and Arms, at Sydney in the Colony aforesaid, in and upon one Samuel Rooney [see 1834, Samuel Rooney] feloniously did make an assault and then and there feloniously wickedly and against the order of nature had a venereal affair with the said Samuel Rooney and then and there feloniously did carnally know the said Samuel Rooney, and then and there feloniously wickedly and against the order of nature with the said Samuel Rooney did commit and perpetrate the abominable crime of buggery – to the great displeasure of Almighty God to the great

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scandal and disgrace of the human kind against the form of the Statute in such case made made [sic] andprovided and against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.
[Signed] John Kinchela, Attorney General

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[On reverse of the above (1-2) is the following]

59 Buggery
In the Supreme Court
The King against Daniel Coffee
Information
Witnesses: Samuel Rooney, John Mangan
Aug 20, 1834 Ch. J.
Plea not guilty C J
Verdict, not guilty.
[Signature illegible]

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For Justice J Dowling’s Notebook see 1834, John Morrison

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The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Thu 21 Aug 1834 

WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST [1834]
(Before the Chief Justice, and a Jury of Civil Inhabitants.)

    Daniel Coffey was indicted for an abominable offence. The prisoner was acquitted.

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The Australian, Fri 22 Aug 1834  4 

    WEDNESDAY.– Before the Chief Justice, and a Jury of Civil Inhabitants.

    Daniel Coffee was indicted for an abominable offence, and acquitted.

 


1  SRNSW: NRS5869, [2/3285], Judiciary, J Dowling, CJ. Notebooks Proceedings of the Supreme Court of NSW, 1828-44, pp. 141-6. See: 1834, John Morrison for Dowling’s notebook.

2  SRNSW: NRS880, [SC T38] Information No. 59, Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, 1834.

3  The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Thu 21 Aug 1834, p. 2.

4  The Australian, Fri 22 Aug 1834, p. 3.