Mary Ann French

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
30 January 1844


SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1844.—Before their Honors the three Judges.

MARY ANN FRENCH, who had been convicted of perjury, was then placed at the bar for sentence.

The Chief Justice addressed the prisoner at some length on the enormity of the crime of which she stood convicted. Bearing false testimony against others was at all times a most heinous offence, but in a case like hers, charging men with a crime which if proved against them would probably have subjected them to the punishment of death, it was awful in the extreme. He trusted that the prisoner would see and feel the enormity of the offence which she had committed, and by a life of reformation expiate her crime; but he feared that the association to which she must necessarily be consigned, would not tend to promote that desirable end, unless she had already felt the magnitude of her guilty and had resolved on adopting a new line of conduct. Such a step he would most earnestly recommend to her serious consideration, as being the only one likely to save her from future crime. The sentence of the Court was, that she (MARY ANN FRENCH), be imprisoned in the Female Factory at Parramatta and kept to hard labour therein for the space of two years.


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