December 28, 1849: Illiterate farm servant Mary Anne Bennett accuses Isaac Hopkins and Shadrach Lewis of rape. They stand trial at Gloucester Assizes and are convicted; at this time rape was capital, but they were sentenced to be transported for life.

The truth comes out - she had been having consensual sex with Lewis for some time. In April 1851, she is tried for perjury, convicted, and sentenced to transportation for seven years.

This report is from Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, August 17, 1851, page 3.


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