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Depositions for Thomas Laughlin, 4 May 1835, Sydney Trial  1 

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 May in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Thirty-five at Sydney, in the Colony aforesaid, informs the said Court, that Thomas Laughlin late of Goulburn in the Colony of New South Wales, Labourer
on the thirtieth day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-five with Force and Arms, at Grantham Park Lake George in the Colony aforesaid, feloniously, wickedly, and against the order of nature, had a venereal affair with a certain Sow then and there being and then and there feloniously did carnally know the said Sow and then and there feloniously, wickedly, and against the order of nature with the said Sow did commit and perpetrate the abominable crime of Buggery to the great displeasure of Almighty God to the scandal and disgrace of the human kind against the form of the Statute in that case made and provided and against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.
[Signed] John Kinchela, Atty General.

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[On the reverse of the above is the following]

15 Bestiality CJ
In the Supreme Court
No. 47
The King against Thomas Laughlin, bond[ed]
Information for Bestiality
Witnesses: William Valentino, Robert Ferrier, Angus Campbell.

May 4th 1835
Plea Not Guilty
Verdict: Not Guilty
[Initialled] JK [John Kinchela, AG]


1  SRNSW: NRS880, [SC T41] Information No. 15, Supreme Court, Papers and depositions, 1835.