Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Times have changed

In the Empire Newspaper (Sydney) on the 9th April, 1851


TUESDAY, April 8th. 

Before His Honor the Chief Justice.

Thomas Hanncy was charged with committing a rape upon his, own daughter, Jane Hancy, aged fourteen. After a long investigation, the Jury retired for a few
minutes, and then returned a verdict of not guilty, it being evident from the constant repetition of the act of incest, that the girl was a consenting party.