Spotlight: Trial of Jackey Jackey

Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1839 – 1845), Friday 26 September 1845, page 2


Jackey Jackey. — The trial of William Westwood alias Jackey Jackey, to the surprise of all present, was decided on the evidence of the prosecutor, Mr P. S. Tomlins. Let it not be supposed that by this we mean to impute any undue haste to the Court, or any want of consideration towards the prisoner; on the contrary, a more satisfactory trial we never witnessed. Mr Tomlin’s evidence was so clear, straightforward, and conclusive, that even the prisoner did not dispute it; indeed, he might have well have pleaded guilty at once, and would probably have done so, but for that indomitable spirit of opposition, which seems to be a ruling passion with him. And, yet — strange contrariety! — this man seems imbued with a feeling almost of gentleness, certainly of most careful consideration for females, and, in truth, for all who do not forcibly oppose him. Look at his conduct at Redlands towards Mrs Harrison — what — especially at such a time and in such a scene, hunted, as he believed by the police and with a price set upon his head — what but a considerate feeling could have actuated this man, when he restrained Mrs Harrison from going to the parlour to his comrades, to shew them the keys of the drawers; “No,” said he, “you shall not do that; I can depend upon myself, but not on my comrades; you are a female, and something awkward might happen; you had better stay with your own people.” There is one circumstance we would wish to notice; several outrages and offences have been laid to the charge of Jackey Jackey, of which he has not even heard; and one especially we would mention. Soon after Westwood absconded, some robberies were committed at Brown’s River, which were, as a matter of course, imputed to Jackey Jackey; now, we have the best possible authority for stating that this man was never in the neighbourhood of Brown’s River, and could not, therefore, commit any robberies in that quarter. The sentence of “death recorded” will, in all probability, send him to Norfolk Island.

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