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CP Archive - 1648 to 1975

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Australia flag AUSTRALIA

Australia/Judicial - November 1824
Police Office News.
"100 lashes on his breech" for burglar

Australia/Judicial - May 1834
Hobart Town Police Report.
Several court sentences of "lashes on the breech"

Australia/Judicial - January 1841
Caution to Assigned Servants.
Accused sentenced to 36 lashes on the breech

Australia/Illicit - July 1849
Flogging Females On Board The "Ramilies".
Three young women passengers whipped by ship's surgeon

Australia/Prisons - February 1865
Corporal Punishment at the Gaol.
Boy, 14, receives 12 strokes of the birch for abusive language in prison

Australia/Judicial - September 1883
The Flogging.
NSW punishment with cat-o'-nine-tails is described

Australia/Judicial - January 1884
Flogging in Sydney.
Method of punishment is criticised

Well Deserved Flogging.
Another eye-witness description of JCP with the cat

Australia/Judicial - February 1884
The Recent Assault at West Maitland: Three of the Prisoners Flogged
Strap for two teen youths, cat for a third; NSW punishments described in detail

Australia/Prisons - February 1884
How to Flog
Medics recommend more severe floggings

Australia/Judicial - March 1884
A Prisoner Whipped in Maitland Gaol
Eyewitness description of strapping of NSW 16-year-old

Australia/Judicial - September 1886
Birching Juvenile Offenders
Victoria youth, 19, receives 25 strokes for indecency offence

Australia/Judicial - June 1889
Launceston. A Criminal Sittings of the Supreme Court was opened this morning ...
Tasmanian boy, 16, is sentenced to two 15-stroke canings for assaulting girl

Launceston. No subject has been a more universal source of criticism than the sentence ...
First of two whippings is described; condemned as not severe enough

Australia/Judicial - July 1889
The Whipping of Prisoner Burr.
16-year-old's 15-stroke caning in Tasmania is defended by authorities

Australia/Judicial - December 1889
Launceston. On Saturday, Charles Burr received the second of the two floggings ...
Teenager gets another 15 strokes of the cane from sentence six months previously

Australia/Judicial - March 1892
The Lash at Pentridge.
Four floggings with the cat and one juvenile birching in Victoria

Australia/Judicial - October 1898
A Birching.
Five strokes for "using disgusting language" in Tasmania

Australia/Judicial - June 1899
Charge Against a Constable.
Punishment Under the Crimes Act.
Police refuse to administer birchings

Australia/Judicial - October 1902
A Birching at Pentridge.
Boy, 15, receives 20 strokes for offence upon girl

Birching at Pentridge.
His second and final instalment of 20 strokes is administered

Australia/Judicial - August 1903
A Lad Birched.
20-stroke birching reduced to 15 strokes on appeal

Australia/Judicial - June 1907
A Degrading Punishment.
Description of the birching of six boys age 11 to 14 for shopbreaking

Australia/Judicial - October 1909
Three youths birched.
Robbers are ordered ten strokes each

Australia/Judicial - November 1909
Floggings at Pentridge.
Robbers get jail and CP

Australia/Schools - May 1912
Caning in School.
Adelaide teacher says dare not use CP on insolent pupils because the authorities uphold complaining parents

Australia/Schools - September 1912
Caning a School Boy.
Court upholds parent's objection to caning on the hands

Australia/Schools - December 1912
Caning a Cadet.
Boy gets a public caning at Sydney Grammar School

Australia/Schools - April 1913
Maintaining Discipline. Schoolboy's Punishment.
Teacher acquitted on assault charge after strapping boy, 11

Australia/Schools - December 1917
State Schools. Strap Instead of Cane.
Proposal for change of implement in Queensland schools

Australia/Navy - April 1919
Caning in the Navy. Severe chastisement alleged.
Fuss over boys' training-ship punishments

Australia/Navy - May 1919
Caning on the Tingira.
Caning in the Navy.
Details of punishments on training ships are revealed

Australia/Schools - April 1921
The School Cane. Use in Queensland. Retention Favoured.
Most school heads use the cane, and want to keep it

Australia/Judicial - May 1922
A Serious Offence. Birch to be Administered.
21-year-old is ordered to receive 15 strokes for offence concerning young girl

Australia/Judicial - March 1923
Youth Convicted of Assault. Judge Suggests Birching.
Father ordered to give his 17-year-old son 10 strokes at the police station

Australia/Judicial - July 1924
Youthful Desperado. Imprisonment and Birching.
12 strokes for robber, 17

Australia/Judicial - July 1925
Two Youths to be Whipped.
Birchings for boys aged 16 and 18

Australia/Judicial - November 1926
Prisoners Sentenced. Twelve Months and Birch for Violent Robbery.
22-year-old "brute" ordered to receive ten strokes

Australia/Judicial - August 1928
Flagellator Wanted. Boy Awaits a Birching.
15-year-old sentenced to the birch, but no official to administer it; a woman offers her services

Australia/Judicial - November 1928
A Boy's Flogging. Who Will Administer Court's Order?
Burglar, 17, ordered to receive ten strokes of the birch

Australia/Judicial - August 1929
Youth to Receive Birching.
17-year-old sentenced to 12 strokes for sexual offence

Australia/Schools - April 1930
School punishment.
Headmaster exonerated over caning of boy, 14

Australia/Judicial - August 1930
Whipping ordered
Youth of 20 birched for indecent assault

Australia/Judicial - May 1931
Gaol and Lash. Sentence on Youths for Melbourne Murder.
Two ordered to receive five birchings of 20 strokes each within first month of prison term

Australia/Judicial - April 1932
Whippings arranged for wayward youths.
17-year-old gets nine strokes of the cane on his bare buttocks

Australia/Schools - October 1932
Improved Spanking
Invention of school spanking machine is alleged

Australia/Schools - June 1934
Use of cane in school
New regulations in Queensland ban CP for schoolgirls

Australia/Judicial - July 1934
Cairns Circuit Court.
"20 strokes with a leather strop on the bare buttocks" for assault on young girl

Australia/Judicial - April 1936
Whipping For Boys
Magistrate orders juvenile offender to watch others being birched

Australia/Judicial - November 1938
Birching for Youth
"Young blackguard", 19, sentenced to six strokes for offence against girl

Australia/Judicial - December 1938
Judge Orders Birching
Four young robbers get jail sentences plus 10 strokes of the birch each

Australia/Judicial - September 1939
Young Housebreaker Birched
"Very good birching" of 17-year-old by his father, in presence of police officer, is accepted by court

Australia/Schools - May 1941
Candid Caning (illustrated)
A housemaster's caning is secretly photographed

Australia/Illicit - June 1942
Melbourne Girls Spanked by U.S. Police.
"Hundreds watch approvingly" their punishment at railway station

Australia/Judicial - July 1942
Judge Orders Whippings
Severe birching sentences for seven young robbers

Australia/Navy - November 1944
Naval Cadets Beaten With Shoe, Not Birch, Minister Admits
A whole class of cadets gets the slipper

Australia/Reformatory - October 1951
Reports no Floggings, Confinement at Ashley Home
But 38 boys aged 14 to 17 were caned on the buttocks

Australia/Judicial - October 1954
Armed Thieves Ordered a Flogging
Two men may get the 'cat'
Twelve strokes each for armed robbers

Australia/Judicial - December 1954
Lashing for armed thief
Appeal against 12-stroke whipping is rejected

Australia/Schools - July 1955
Adults say 'No' to caning
But a boy says 'Yes'

Australia/Schools - October 1955
Schoolgirls "spanked"
Mother complains girls were made to bend over and lift tunics for school whacks

Australia/Judicial - January 1956
Fathers To Punish Boys
Parents cane boys in front of detectives
Boy Is Sorry Now: Thrashing By Father After Court Order (illustrated)
16-year-olds are ordered six strokes of the cane by magistrate, pictured

Australia/Judicial - February 1956
To Be Whipped
18-year-old is ordered 10 strokes and three years for rape

Australia/Judicial - March 1956
Father To Punish Son
Punishing will be secret
17-year-old thief to be punished in presence of police sergeant

Australia/Schools - March 1956
Stir Over School Beating (illustrated)
Caning only as last resort
13-year-old boy, pictured, beaten in class

Australia/Judicial - April 1956
Thrashing For Boy
Court orders 10 strokes of cane for 16-year-old after indecent assault of child

Australia/Domestic - May 1956
The cane's the thing
17-year-old purported recipient of paternal caning says it worked

Australia/Judicial - May 1956
Vicious juveniles 'should be caned'
"Old-fashioned Remedy": Boys get the cane
Cane urged for young offenders
Youths whipped (illustrated)
Boys, 15 and 17, punished under supervision of policeman, pictured arriving with cane

Australia/Judicial - February 1957
Adelaide youth birched
15 strokes for 15-year-old in first juvenile birching for many years

Australia/Judicial - November 1957
Two Criminals To Be Whipped
Twelve lashes each with cat-o'-nine-tails

Australia/Schools - June 1959
Only one says he'd strap schoolgirls
Spare the rod?
Girls don't get strap in Victoria but some think they should

Australia/Schools - December 1959
S.A. Attitude on Caning
CP is fine as a last resort in certain cases, says education official

Australia/Judicial - February 1960
Two Boys To Be Whipped
Eight and five strokes of the cane for offenders aged 15 and 13 respectively

Australia/Judicial - March 1961
Vandals to be whipped
Two boys aged 14 and 15 sentenced to ten strokes of the cane each

Australia/Judicial - September 1961
Boy, 14, to be caned
Seven strokes in the presence of a policeman; another boy already strapped

Australia/Judicial - July 1962
Birching Sentence of Youth Upheld
12 strokes for 19-year-old who had sex with girl, 14

Australia/Schools - August 1962
South Australia view on use of cane
Headmasters explain their CP policies

Australia/Domestic - July 1966
Use the cane on teenage daughters
I caned my 17-year-old on the bare bottom, claims alleged mother

Australia/Schools - November 1966
Teacher mustn't use a cane
Victoria rules are quoted: only strap on hands and only for boys

Australia/Schools - June 1969
Flogged, says boy
Boy refuses to hold out hands, caned on buttocks instead

Australia/Schools - October 1971
Caned boy sues schoolteacher (illustrated)
Student, 15, pictured, had sore and bruised buttocks after punishment for bullying

Australia/Schools - November 1971
Caning of boy was justified, says judge
"Boys who are caned must expect to have pain", court holds

Australia/Schools - February 1974
Caning can be enjoyable: teacher
He likes to punish bullies and thieves, and it is necessary, he says

Austria flag AUSTRIA

Austria/Judicial - February 1852
Austria. (From our own correspondent.)
"Stripes with a rod" sentence for dissidents

Cameroon flag CAMEROON

Cameroon/Judicial - October 1894
The Flogging Scandal In The Cameroons.
Women stripped and flogged under German colonial rule

Canada flag CANADA

Canada/Reformatories - March 1912
Die Rather Than Face "Paddle" Strap
Fuss about CP at an industrial school

Canada/Judicial - April 1926
Given 10 Strokes of Strap
Plus 18 months in reformatory for assault "and another serious offense"

Gets Ten Straps, Also Five Years
JCP awarded to recidivist housebreaker

Canada/Judicial - March 1927
If Parents Lose Control of Child They Lose Status
Judge sentences 17-year-old to reformatory plus two five-stroke strappings for robbery with violence

Canada/Judicial - November 1927
Public Spanking is Sentence Given to Two Shoplifters
"Relay of strap wielders" to deliver punishment in Hutterite community

Canada/Judicial - May 1928
Sent to Reformatory for Serious Offence
Three teens also ordered strappings for attack on girl

Canada/Judicial - March 1931
Order Boy Strapped for Theft of Cars
Ten strokes for 15-year-old, "to be administered that afternoon"

Canada/Judicial - May 1931
Hamilton Boy Bandits Sentenced Plus Strap (illustrated)
Three teen robbers, pictured, get 18 or 24 strokes of the strap

Canada/Schools - June 1931
Five Strokes on the "Seat" for Boy Who Used his Fist (illustrated)
School principal, pictured, says some parents ask that hands not be strapped

Canada/Judicial - August 1932
Get Ten Straps And Prison Term As Mother Sobs
Court orders corporal punishment for three young robbers

Canada/Judicial - November 1933
Boy Sentenced to Strap
Extortionist, 15, is sentenced to 10 strokes

Canada/Judicial - January 1937
Strappings Ordered
10 strokes each plus jail for two teen robbers

Canada/Judicial - September 1938
Strap Ordered for Youths
Two 17-year-olds get five strokes each for breaking and entering

Canada/Judicial - January 1945
Spanked his wife by Court order -- she's been good ever since
Magistrate sentences woman to spanking by husband for drunkenness

Canada/Prisons - September 1945
Ten Strapped -- Don Jail Riot
Ten prisoners are ordered strappings for rioting: some given eight strokes, others four

Canada/Judicial - November 1945
To Strap Two Youths
Boys aged 19 and 17 get 12 and 8 strokes respectively for gross indecency

Canada/Judicial - March 1946
Robbed Grocer, Get 10 Years, 10 Straps (illustrated)
Punishment for two armed robbers, pictured, ages not stated; strappings to be administered in two instalments

Canada/Prisons - July 1948
MPP, Penologist Urge Abolishment of Strap For Female Prisoners
Riot at women's reformatory leads to strokes on buttocks for ringleaders

Canada/Schools - July 1948
Punishment 'Excessive,' Teacher is Convicted
Student, 15, was bent over desk and strapped on buttocks after refusing to hold out hand

Canada/Judicial - August 1949
'Against it,' but both Dads agree to Whip their Sons (illustrated)
Rod Breaks As Boy Gets Court-Ordered 10 Blows
Second Youth to get Lath Strokes Today
Magistrate orders fathers of boys aged 14 and 17, pictured, to administer paddlings under police supervision, for stealing beer

Canada/Judicial - January 1950
Terms, Straps, Given Burford Bank Robbers
Jail and strapping for four youths

Canada/Prisons - July 1952
One Word From Guelph Head Stops Riot Tear Gas Couldn't
Molly-coddling, No Strap, Cause Of Riot - Guards
"Sheer Vandalism" -- Frost
Screams, Groans Are Heard
Men Collapse From Blistering Heat In Prison Yard (illustrated)
Charge 121 Men In Guelph Riots
Strap 50 Riot Ringleaders, Move Them To Nipissing
Mass riot caused by insufficient CP, say staff; 50 ringleaders flogged

Canada/Prisons - October 1952
Soggy Finish Marks Riot By Prisoners
"Smarting backsides" outcome for several ringleaders

Discipline Defers Riot At Don Jail
Deputy minister says strapping of six prisoners prevented a riot

Canada/Judicial - November 1952
Whipping, 7 Years For 5 Dope Peddlers (illustrated)
Paddle strokes ordered for young gangsters, pictured

Canada/Judicial - January 1956
Order Paddle For 3 Youths In Sex Attack
12 strokes of paddle each after assault on girl

Canada/Judicial - July 1956
Abolish Corporal Punishment Sentence, Probe Recommends
But parliamentary committee says strapping should be retained for prison discipline

Canada/Schools - January 1958
Spot Strapping
Teachers in Winnipeg given authority to strap unruly students on the spot

Canada/Judicial - February 1964
10 Years, Paddle Given Two Bandits
10 strokes each for teen bank robbers

Canada/Judicial - August 1964
Court Orders Strapping For Youths
Two robbers "paled visibly" when sentenced to eight strokes each

Canada/Judicial - February 1965
25 years, strap for Levesque
24-year-old given 15 strokes after rape and robbery

Canada/Schools - July 1971
Toronto abolishes the strap
Board overrides Director of Education, teachers' unions

Cyprus flag CYPRUS

Cyprus/Judicial - December 1955
The whip is ordered in terror island
Boys whipped in Cyprus
First caning sentence under new emergency laws

With Rod & Gun
"Rioting schoolboys" to be punished with cane, birch or rod

Cyprus/Judicial - January 1956
Mothers weep at caning sentences
Pupils protest to Governor
To be caned on Friday
First canings
Schoolboys sentenced for unlawful assembly under new emergency regulations

Cyprus/Judicial - March 1956
Cypriot youth gets the cane
12 strokes for 16-year-old

Cyprus/Judicial - June 1956
Whipping of youths - Official figures
91 boys caned in seven months

Cyprus/Judicial - July 1956
News from Paphos
Two teen boys get 10 strokes of cane

Egypt flag EGYPT

Egypt/Judicial - January 1955
Food Ramp Flogging
Black marketeer publicly flogged

Fiji flag FIJI

Fiji/Judicial - December 1973
Judge confirms cane for two
Nine strokes plus two years for twentysomethings who attacked watchman

Fiji/Judicial - August 1974
Six of the best
Magistrate orders birching and jail for 19-year-old rapist

France flag FRANCE

France/Judicial - September 1910
All Paris is discussing the Apache problem.
Whipping being considered to deal with outbreak of violent crime

Germany flag GERMANY

Germany/Navy - June 1903
The German Mercantile Marine.
Ships' captains may inflict CP on seamen who repeatedly disobey orders

Germany/Schools - December 1903
Industrial conditions in Germany.
Legislation for corporal punishment in elementary schools

Germany/Domestic - April 1964
German Professor Suggests Wider Use of Birching Rods
85% of German fathers cane their sons on the backside, according to survey

Germany/Schools - September 1968
Eltern wollen Strenge Lehrer [Parents want strict teachers] (illustrated)
Schoolteacher carries on caning, parents support him; picture shows classroom CP in progress

Germany/Schools - July 1970
Der letzte Knüppel hat ausgedient [The last cane has had its day] (illustrated)
Bavaria's last school cane, pictured, is installed in museum; boy, 11, pictured, pretends to be caned with it


Guernsey/Judicial - September 1930
Thefts from and damage to motor-cars
Ten strokes of the birch for 16-year-old

Guernsey/Judicial - July 1968
Eight strokes of the birch
Boy, 16, describes his punishment

Guernsey/Judicial - June 1971
Sharp sentence
Eight strokes of the birch for youth, 18, for traffic violations, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest

Grenada flag GRENADA

Grenada/Prisons - January 1902
Political Notes.
New rules for flogging with cat and birch

Guyana flag GUYANA (formerly BRITISH GUIANA)

Guyana/Judicial - October 1946
Robbery with violence: Justice imposes severe punishment
Seven years and 12 strokes each for two in their 30s


Hong Kong/Judicial - April 1951
Amah Tied Up And Threatened At Point Of Knife: Six Years For Robber
12 strokes of the cane after ransacking of flat

Stole From Baby
Two years' jail and 10 strokes of the cane for 34-year-old

Eight Years For Robber
Culprit, 36, sent to prison for 8 years and ordered to receive 12 strokes of the cane

Hong Kong/Judicial - July 1951
Woman's struggle with thief
27-year-old given 6 months prison, 8 strokes of cane, banished from territory

Seven years for robber -- Lost shoes in attempt to escape
30-year-old gets 12 strokes of the cane for botched attack on taxi driver

Hong Kong/Judicial - September 1951
Stole Water Cistern Valves
Electrician, 19, gets 10 strokes of the cane

Hong Kong/Judicial - October 1951
Prison and Cane: Snatcher With Police Record Convicted
Six strokes for 18-year-old

Hong Kong/Judicial - November 1951
Young Offender
Boy, 13, ordered to receive eight strokes of the cane for assault on girl

Hong Kong/Judicial - July 1954
Two sailors guilty: Sentence For Robbery Deferred Pending Medical Report
Sailors Sentenced: Three Years, Ten Strokes For Robbery
Teenage British servicemen sentenced to caning after "brutal" attack on innocent passer-by

Gaol and cane for snatcher
18-year-old gets six strokes for taking earring

"Stupid boy" gaoled: Four Years And Cane
12 strokes for man who slashed woman with razor blade

Cane for Hooligan: Magistrate May Award Corporal Punishment
19-year-old's appeal against 12-stroke sentence is dismissed

Hong Kong/Judicial - September 1954
Sailors Win Appeal: Prison Sentences Quashed But Caning To Be Carried Out
"Sentence of corporal punishment will be carried out forthwith" on two 19-year-olds

Hong Kong/Judicial - January 1955
'Stop flogging our call-up boys'
Protest at judicial canings of young British servicemen stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore

India flag INDIA

India/Judicial - September 1871
Controversy over flogging of natives

India/Judicial - November 1931
Flogging in Kashmir
Punishment ordered by Maharaja

India/Judicial - February 1932
Corporal Punishment.
Question in Parliament about 14-year-old sentenced to caning

India/Judicial - March 1932
Corporal punishment of boys
Boys flogged for political offences

India/Judicial - April 1961
He found a touch of the cane worked wonders
Former Bombay police official recalls efficacy of JCP in 1940s

Iran flag IRAN (formerly PERSIA)

Iran/Judicial - June 1956
Flogging for over-charging
Greengrocer gets 50 lashes from mobile "cucumber court"

Ireland flag IRELAND

Ireland/Schools - August 1937
School Punishments
Readers discuss alleged CP of senior boarding-school girls

Ireland/Judicial - October 1943
Four boys to be whipped -- One of them twice
Court orders "fairly heavy" birching for culprits aged 11 to 13

Ireland/Schools - June 1968
School Cane Use Remains Sore Subject
Rules changed to extend CP to the posterior

Manx flag ISLE OF MAN

Isle of Man/Judicial - April 1948
Boy Burglars' Daring Exploits: Magistrates Decide to Restore the Birch
Six strokes each for three teens

Isle of Man/Judicial - July 1952
Six Strokes of the Birch: Schoolboy Playing Fast and Loose
Magistrates discipline 14-year-old for theft and wilful damage

Isle of Man/Judicial - August 1956
Caught the Boat Feeling Sore
Immediate birching for two visiting Liverpool youths who stole

Isle of Man/Judicial - September 1956
Liverpool waiter is gaoled and whipped
Ten strokes of the birch for 20-year-old who robbed with violence

Isle of Man/Judicial - October 1956
Youth Gets 6 Strokes of Birch
Plus 12 months' hard labour for 18-year-old robber

Isle of Man/Judicial - March 1957
Six Strokes of the Birch for 14-Year-Old
Boy convicted of indecent assault on younger boy and girl

Isle of Man/Judicial - January 1958
Nine Strokes of the Birch: Youth Learns That Crime Does Not Pay
Runaway boy, 15, stole goods from boarding-house

Isle of Man/Judicial - September 1961
Birching isle says the tough way's best
Day-tripper gets 8 strokes and 6 months for drunken brawl

Isle of Man/Judicial - June 1962
Youth Is Birched For Assault
16-year-old cabin steward given six strokes after "gang warfare" punch-up

Isle of Man/Judicial - August 1962
Birch - and the Cane: Liverpool Boys in Court
Two stealing teen boys receive immediate corporal punishment

Isle of Man/Judicial - June 1964
Birched In I.O.M. After Grab Raid, Then Put on Boat
Court orders publication of three Liverpool juvenile robbers' names

Isle of Man/Judicial - July 1965
Birch Them! Sentence on 4 Scots
The lady in my bus queue -- and the birch
Shock for the bold bullies
Britain Should Use the Birch, Says Governor (illustrated)
Four 19-year-olds given 9 strokes each; resulting weals are pictured

Isle of Man/Judicial - February 1966
Caning for liars
New law says boys who tell lies in court may be ordered to be caned

Isle of Man/Judicial - July 1966
Holiday brawl: Six of birch for weeping Scot
Youth, 17, sentenced after drunken brawl

Isle of Man/Judicial - August 1967
Birch and prison for assault and theft
Boy, 16, gets six strokes plus a month in detention and £10 fine

Isle of Man/Judicial - June 1969
Boys will get 10 lashes of the birch
Two youths, 14 and 15, punished by court for breaching probation order

Isle of Man/Judicial - November 1969
Bill the Bircher: I can't remember anyone coming back for a second dose (illustrated)
Interview with magistrate, pictured, who has ordered 50 birchings

Isle of Man/Judicial - August 1970
Gets a whipping for hugging girl
Youth describes pain in backside and brain after six strokes of the birch

Isle of Man/Schools - February 1973
20 boys caned
Canings unfair say parents
Parents of Caned Boys Petition
Canings backed by Board
'Six of the best' for mass misbehaviour on bus

Israel flag ISRAEL (formerly Palestine)

Palestine/Judicial - September 1934
Yemenite Sentenced to 6 Strokes
Birching order for 14-year-old who burned a girl's hands

Palestine/Judicial - October 1934
Whipping Young Offenders: Jaffa Magistrate's Sentence
Four boys punished for larceny with strokes of the birch

Palestine/Judicial - December 1935
Jaffa District Court
A 12-stroke birching is ordered for 15-year-old who attempted murder

Palestine/Judicial - March 1938
Youth sentenced for carrying ammunition
Military court orders 17-year-old to receive six strokes of the birch

Palestine/Judicial - April 1939
Life imprisonment for Arab youth
Teenager found of guilty of murder also gets 24 strokes of the birch

Palestine/Judicial - December 1946
Terrorists' threat
Youth sentenced to 18 strokes for bank robbery

Jaffa Bank Robbery
Caning sentences confirmed

Palestine Facts and Basle Theories
Sentence of 18 strokes of the cane is carried out

Jewish Terrorists Kidnap and Flog Four British Soldiers
Reprisal for caning of Zionist terrorist who robbed bank

Italy flag ITALY

Italy/Judicial - June 1851
General Gemeau's panic has been momentarily calmed ...
"Fifty blows of the stick" under Austrian rule

Jamaica flag JAMAICA

Jamaica/Prisons - April 1888
An Hour Among the Colored Convicts. A Novel Whipping Machine
Prison superintendent "knew of a part of the body that would stand a good flogging", devises contraption over which offenders are bent for punishment

Jamaica/Judicial - September 1901
Flogging in Jamaica.
Confusion over proposed new JCP laws

Jamaica/Judicial - April 1945
Switch for Ganja
Twelve strokes ordered for 15-year-old caught with drug

Jamaica/Judicial - October 1949
Tamarind Switch For Boy, 13, Who Wounds Sister
Court orders ten strokes

Jamaica/Judicial - February 1952
Teenagers' 'too heavy' sentence reduced
12-stroke tamarind switchings reduced to six strokes and jail sentences quashed

Jamaica/Judicial - April 1952
Lucea Court cases
Two men are ordered strokes with tamarind switch for larceny

Jamaica/Judicial - August 1953
Tamarind switch for banana theft
Court orders nine strokes

Jamaica/Judicial - July 1957
Sentence varied in rape case
On appeal, rapist youth gets 12 strokes of tamarind switch instead of flogging with cat

Jamaica/Judicial - October 1958
Two get year, switching for theft
Court orders twelve strokes each of the tamarind switch

Jamaica/Judicial - January 1959
Constable gets 12 strokes for sex offence
Tamarind switch sentence for 19-year-old

Jamaica/Judicial - November 1963
Bound over, ordered whipped for sex offence
Abuser of girl is ordered to attend police station to receive a 12-stroke switching

Jamaica/Judicial - June 1965
Imprisonment, switching for sex offence
17-year-old is sentenced to 12 strokes of the tamarind switch

Jamaica/Judicial - February 1966
Jailed for larceny from person
Plus six strokes of the tamarind switch for labourer, 18

Japan flag JAPAN

Japan/Schools - August 1975
Crazy about Gakureki (illustrated)
Flogging (pictured) at gruelling exam-cramming school


Jersey/Judicial - September 1931
Boy's alleged theft
Court orders the birch
Out-of-control 13-year-old gets eight strokes

Jersey/Judicial - November 1932
Birch for youthful offender
Eight strokes for 16-year-old after series of thefts

Jersey/Judicial - October 1935
Stolen fruit
Boy delinquents get caned by Centenier Hotton

Jersey/Judicial - June 1936
The Boys and the Lasso: Father Consents to Birching
9 strokes forthwith, 9 more suspended, for 17-year-old American

Jersey/Judicial - August 1936
"An accomplished liar" elects to be birched
"Plausible rogue", 26, gets 12 strokes (of which 6 suspended) instead of jail

Jersey/Judicial - June 1938
Birched youth tells how he "branded" his girl (illustrated)
17-year-old is pictured after receiving 12 strokes ordered by court

Jersey/Judicial - May 1939
Judge's Humane Sentence: No Prison, but the Birch
16-year-old thief and forger given 24 strokes, 12 suspended

Jersey/Judicial - December 1939
Birch For Three Youths
Heavy sentences for teens who took cars

Jersey/Judicial - November 1952
Youth of 19 gets birch
12 strokes for vandalising cinema seats

Jersey/Judicial - March 1953
Young thieves to be birched: Headmaster Consulted by Magistrate
Two boys will be birched -- by request
Schoolboys aged 14 and 15 get 12 strokes each for stealing

Jersey/Judicial - May 1954
'Edwardian' Louts Before Police Court
Youth of 18 sentenced to 12 strokes of the birch for inciting others to attack policeman

Jersey/Judicial - March 1955
Birch for Car "Borrower" (with video clip)
Dennis, 16, is birched regardless
Youth gets twelve strokes there and then

Jersey/Judicial - August 1960
Arrived yesterday, Birched this morning, Sailed this afternoon
12 strokes "a sharp lesson" for English ship's crew member, 15

Boy, 15, is birched
"I felt a bit sore", he says after punishment is carried out

Jersey/Judicial - August 1962
Birch For Youth Who Hit Frenchman
English youth, 18, ordered to receive eight strokes

Twelve strokes of the birch for London youth
19-year-old handbag-snatcher is "dealt with severely"

Jersey/Judicial - August 1964
Parents did not know of birching (illustrated)
15-year-old shows weals on groin after ineptly administered 12-stroke sentence

Jersey/Judicial - March 1966
Youth sentenced to birching
Six strokes for 16-year-old who assaulted elderly woman

Jersey/Judicial - November 1969
Jersey ends birching
Channel Island abolishes judicial corporal punishment

Jersey/Judicial - September 1973
Former Jersey doctor condemns birching
Describes procedure he had to witness in 1950s

Kenya flag KENYA

Kenya/Illicit - December 1948
5ft. 7in., he spanked his 6ft. wife with slipper (illustrated)
Court grants woman, 29, pictured, divorce on grounds of cruelty

Kenya/Judicial - November 1952
Flogging for 3 in Kenya tribe
24 lashes each for three Kikuyu accused of Mau Mau attack

Kenya/Judicial - January 1960
Boys to be caned for gang thefts
Cane for two 15-year-old Europeans: one gets 16 strokes, the other 10

Schoolboys to get 12 strokes for violence
"Bit more severe than headmaster's cane" for boys, 16 and 17

S. Korea flag KOREA

Korea/Judicial - July 1912
Whipping as a fine art.
Japan as occupying power lays down detailed rules for JCP in Korea


Malaysia/Judicial - January 1905
Flogging in the F.M.S.
Eyewitness describes public punishment of Chinamen

Malaysia/Judicial - June 1920
Thieving youth sentenced to 10 strokes of the cane, administered immediately in court

Malaysia/Judicial - August 1949
15-Year-Old Boy Gets Gaol And Rotan
10 strokes of the cane for housebreaking

Malaysia/Schools - February 1951
No caning for schoolgirls
New rules say only boys may receive CP in school

Malaysia/Judicial - November 1952
Boy, 15, to get the rotan
Supreme Court overturns jail sentence for housebreaker, substitutes eight-stroke caning plus probation

Malaysia/Judicial - January 1956
He Has 'Bad Hands'
Six strokes of rotan for thief, 28

Malaysia/Judicial - April 1956
Cane, jail for 3 who raped widow
Planters ordered to be whipped after gang rape

Wife: 'I prayed and he spared me'
Assize court orders 12 strokes of the rotan for robber

Malaysia/Judicial - November 1956
3 years jail for hatchet youth
22-year-old also gets 10 strokes of the rotan for assault

Malaysia/Judicial - February 1962
Thug of 15 gets six strokes of rotan and reform training
"You must be punished severely" says judge after stabbing

Malaysia/Judicial - March 1962
Whipping for young thug who stabbed a boy
Gangster, 16, is ordered to receive six strokes of the rotan and sent to reformatory for 3 years

Malaysia/Judicial - March 1973
Mat Solo gets 10 years' jail and rotan for robbery (illustrated)
Six strokes of the cane ordered for 27-year-old, pictured


New Zealand/Judicial - July 1876
A Nice Trio.
Small boys sentenced to whipping for stealing

Flogging in the Gaol.
Whipping of three boys is described

New Zealand/Judicial - February 1877
The flogging of John Mc'Cann and Owen Kane.
Eyewitness account of punishment with the "cat" on upper back

New Zealand/Judicial - May 1879
The Boy Burglars.
Three lads imprisoned and ordered to receive birchings

Report of boys' birchings being carried out

New Zealand/Schools - August 1884
Corporal Punishment in Schools.
Discussion about how to carry out the whipping of schoolboys

New Zealand/Schools - October 1887
School Committee. Corporal Punishment.
Dispute over whether CP may be inflicted by others than head teachers

New Zealand/Schools - February 1890
A Sensational School Incident
Boys attack teacher who caned girls

New Zealand/Schools - September 1896
Locking Up Schools and Thrashing Boys.
Court throws out action against caning schoolteacher

New Zealand/Judicial - January 1900
A Young Highwayman.
Nine strokes with the birch rod for robber aged 12

New Zealand/Judicial - February 1900
An Ashburton Case.
Boy, 16, gets a birching for indecent assault

Industrial School Escapees
Court orders youth birched before being sent back to reformatory

New Zealand/Judicial - April 1900
12-year-old ordered to receive 12 strokes of the birch for stealing

New Zealand/Reformatories - June 1900
The Stoke Industrial School.
Cites regulations requiring a strap to be used for CP

New Zealand/Judicial - November 1900
A Warning to Juvenile Offenders.
15-year-old gets six strokes of the birch for stealing

New Zealand/Judicial - February 1902
Kaitangata Rifles in camp.
12 strokes of the birch for 14-year-old arsonist

New Zealand/Judicial - February 1905
Bad Boys: Misbehaviour of a Band of Thorndon Youths
Five teens who stole money are sentenced to 12 strokes of the birch each, administered immediately

New Zealand/Judicial - May 1909
Prisoners for Sentence.
Boy, 14, raped girl of six

A Young Criminal. Ordered to be Whipped.
A 10-stroke whipping for 14-year-old

New Zealand/Judicial - September 1909
Gang of Ten Against a Boy.
Two teens choose option of a birching instead of paying fine

New Zealand/Judicial - February 1913
The use of the lash.
Newspaper welcomes flogging sentences

New Zealand/Judicial - April 1913
The Juvenile Court.
Letter-writer calls for inquiry into birchings

New Zealand/Judicial - October 1924
Boys Assault Girl: Birch for Fourteen-Year-Olds
Two boys, 14, get 12 strokes each for indecent assault

New Zealand/Schools - December 1929
Headmaster's Appeal Against Dismissal
Aftermath of school strapping incidents

New Zealand/Schools - July 1930
Punishment of Girls. Use of the Strap
Auckland rescinds ban on school CP for girls under 12

New Zealand/Schools - April 1956
"Go and see the Chinese Gentleman"
Reporter visits Christchurch's school cane supplier


Papua New Guinea/Judicial - November 1965
Flogging seen by NSW man
1914 flogging of Germans by Australian troops is recalled

Papua New Guinea/Judicial - March 1966
Public Caning Of 29 Boys
Large crowd watches punishment of "riotous" youths aged 7 to 15

Poland flag POLAND

Poland/Schools - November/December 1901
The Prussian Poles.
Polish students caned for refusing religious lessons in German

The Prussian Poles.
Details of 14 students' canings

Russia flag RUSSIA

Russia/Judicial - September 1903
Count Tolstoi and Corporal Punishment.
Flogging of peasants to be abolished

Russia/Military - August 1904
The Birth of the Cesarevitch.
Abolition of CP for certain soldiers

Singapore flag SINGAPORE

Singapore/Judicial - April 1883
Thief, 10, is ordered ten strokes of a light rattan, administered in police courtyard

Singapore/Judicial - May 1917
Singapore Assizes.
12 strokes with a rattan and three years for thief with a long record

Singapore/Judicial - December 1932
Fines And Rotan For Chinese Schoolboys.
14 teens get caning for joining unlawful demonstration that turned violent

Singapore/Judicial - June 1933
Stole Books. Rotan For 12-Year-Old Schoolboy.
8-stroke sentence in juvenile caning case

Singapore/Judicial - August 1933
Schoolboy Thief. Second Whipping At The Age Of 15
He says previous caning was "very painful"

Singapore/Judicial - June 1939
Man To Have Second Dose Of The Cane
Ten strokes of the rattan for a recidivist thief

Singapore/Judicial - July 1948
Jail and cane for extortion
Youngster sentenced to 18 months in prison and six strokes of the cane

Singapore/Judicial - September 1953
Caning best cure for opium smoking, says magistrate
Court's regret at being able only to impose fines and not CP

Singapore/Judicial - December 1953
Ratings to be flogged
Sailor-thieves to be caned
Two British sailors get ten strokes of the cane each

Singapore/Judicial - July 1956
Rotan for attacker
10 strokes for armed robber who tried to rape victim

Attacked girl, cane for 'pirate'
Taxi driver gets 8 strokes of rotan and 3 years in jail

Singapore/Schools - October 1956
A bit of discipline is good for boys
Former Raffles prefect recalls canings on bottoms

Singapore/Domestic - December 1956
'Cops' and 'rioters' clash in Chinatown
Twenty lads "soundly tanned" after dangerous street game

Singapore/Judicial - July 1962
The Law On Whipping
Newspaper editorial discusses use of rattan, mandatory for certain crimes

Singapore/Judicial - March 1973
Robber asks for more strokes, shorter jail term
Nine strokes and five years for 19-year-old

Singapore/Judicial - August 1974
Jail, cane for knife man
32-year-old gets six strokes and 4 months for having an offensive weapon

Singapore/Judicial - September 1974
Caning - the most dreaded punishment
Local paper lifts lid on judicial CP

Branding the bad hats for life
Director of Prisons describes caning procedure in detail

Brutal Blow
Editorial questions "barbaric medievalism" of caning

Singapore/Judicial - November 1974
Man who carried a knife after quarrel
Six strokes and 9 months' jail for 29-year-old

Singapore/Judicial - January 1975
Jail and cane
Youth, 17, gets 3 months in jail and six strokes of the rotan for having a dagger

Singapore/Judicial - March 1975
Jail, rotan for drug pusher
Three strokes of the cane for 26-year-old who trafficked in ganja

Singapore/Military - July 1975
Murder charge soldiers can be court-martialled
New legislation provides for corporal punishment of soldiers

South Africa flag SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa/Judicial - July 1905
The Flogging of Chinamen
Parliamentary fuss about coolies being whipped without court order

South Africa/Schools - August 1953
Six of the best for 196 boys
Mass caning at a school in Natal for walk-out over rugby match

South Africa/Judicial - September 1955
Nine-year-old Housebreaker To Be Caned
He gets two cuts while his 12-year-old partner in crime gets three

Cuts for boy hunter
Three cuts with a light cane for 11-year-old who captured a grysbok in nature reserve

Guilty of Car Theft
European, 27, sentenced to 2½ years' jail and five strokes of the cane

Gaol and Cuts for Theft
20-year-old on housebreaking charge receives six months and six cuts

Alcohol Not Mitigation, Says Judge
Rapist, 23, sent to jail for 7 years and ordered to receive six strokes of the cane

Jail, strokes for car theft
21-year-old European gets five months plus five strokes of the cane

Burglar gets cuts
Five strokes and five months for offender, 21

Gaol And Cuts For Boxer
23-year-old robber receives a sentence of six weeks and five strokes

Denies That Colour is a Factor in Severity of Canings
All races get the same treatment when JCP is administered, says official

Tales of Screams at Canings Are 'Exaggerated'
Older boys yell more than younger ones, says Justice Secretary

Youth Gaoled for Outrage
Young boy sentenced to six cuts for housebreaking and criminal assault

City juvenile court impressed her
But visiting magistrate from UK is surprised at use of caning

'Flogging' report started something
Police chief queries inaccurate US press report about South African JCP

Youth given cuts: set grass alight
European gets eight strokes of the cane for arson

South Africa/Judicial - January 1956
Boys are striped for life
Account of juvenile court caning procedure

South Africa/Illicit - May 1956
'Schoolboy' beatings for Springboks training defaulters
Rugby team uses clothes brush for unpunctuality

South Africa/Judicial - April 1959
Caning At Issue In South Africa
But Sentiment is Against Screams of Prisoners, Not the Punishment

South Africa/Judicial - September 1959
Whip this boy sailor -- Court order
British teenager's caning sentence is suspended for two years

South Africa/Judicial - March 1960
Jailed under the Immorality Act
Six strokes for African, 19, after sex with European girl

South Africa/Illicit - August 1961
Alleged caning of African nurses
Eleven student nurses said punished at hospital

South Africa/Judicial - April 1964
Torture men are to be caned
Six strokes each for three white policemen and court clerk

South Africa/Reformatories - March 1972
Caned with their pants down -- while others watched (illustrated)
Boys' home inmates get up to 10 cuts from Salvation Army superintendent, pictured

South Africa/Judicial - August 1973
Dagga: youth gets cuts
Five strokes for drug offender, 19

Sri Lanka flag SRI LANKA (formerly CEYLON)

Sri Lanka/Schools - January 1956
Don't spare rod, says Education Director
Impossible to control students without the cane, he asserts

Sri Lanka/Judicial - March 1956
Lashes for molesting girl steno
Six strokes with rattan and 6 months in jail for railway porter

Sri Lanka/Schools - October 1956
'Punishment in school does not always fit the crime'
'Ruthlessness not only way to success'
Readers, purportedly schoolboys, argue over caning

Switzerland flag SWITZERLAND

Switzerland/Schools - September 1909
Corporal Punishment in Schools.
New law in Canton Berne prescribes the cane for moral faults, but only for boys

Taiwan flag TAIWAN (formerly FORMOSA)

Taiwan/Judicial - July 1909
Flogging Criminals.
Caning, for males aged 16-60 only, adopted as substitute for imprisonment

Tanzania flag TANZANIA

Tanzania/Judicial - June 1964
4 years jail for theft
19-year-old also given 24 strokes

Tanzania/Judicial - April 1965
Clerk gets jail, cane for theft of £60
24 strokes for former public servant

Tanzania/Judicial - July 1965
Mkaanga jailed for four years plus 24 strokes
29-year-old former civil servant sentenced for theft and corruption

Trinidad flag TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Trinidad/Judicial - March 1946
House of Commons
Flogging in Trinidad
London reluctantly agrees to island's request to reintroduce flogging; former Governor is displeased


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Uganda flag UGANDA

Uganda/Judicial - December 1960
15 years for gang who attacked man
Two also get 24 lashes each after castrating robbery victim

Zambia flag ZAMBIA (formerly NORTHERN RHODESIA)

Zambia/Schools - March 1960
Rod spared, so the boy spoiled
Reader laments indiscipline in schools due to insufficient caning

Zambia/Judicial - April 1960
10 strokes of cane
Schoolboy "hooligan", 16, threw stones at cars

Zambia/Judicial - May 1960
Sentence is increased
22-year-old now gets 12 strokes of cane in addition to doubled jail term

Cane for stone-thrower
African, 17, ordered to receive 11 strokes for stoning car

Rioters go to jail
Prison for the adults while a juvenile gets six strokes of the cane

African gets 12 strokes
Magistrate orders caning for 15-year-old stone-thrower

Stern warnings by N.R. magistrates as five Africans are jailed
Another juvenile caned (10 strokes) for political rioting

Mobile police stand by as 18 Africans are convicted
Heavy canings for two teen boys

Zambia/Judicial - June 1960
Prison, cane for cycle thefts
Nine strokes for European boy, 16

Cane for Boy
Ten strokes for 18-year-old forger

Zambia/Judicial - September 1961
Kaunda Men Birched [sic]
18 cane strokes for five party officials

Zimbabwe flag ZIMBABWE (formerly SOUTHERN RHODESIA)

Zimbabwe/Illicit - November 1952
Airline Hostess Caned by Boss, Who Gets Fired
Six strokes "on panties and slip" because she didn't fasten her seat belt

Zimbabwe/Judicial - April 1960
'Witch' forced to strip, died after 297 blows, High Court is told
Youth and man get six cuts with cane plus jail

Woman's attacker jailed
Four years plus six cuts for African who assaulted former employer

Zimbabwe/Judicial - May 1960
African waiter jailed, caned for £3,300 theft from shop safe
High Court gives him 8 cuts, 10 years

12 years for rape attempt
African servant also gets 8 cuts with cane

Zimbabwe/Judicial - June 1960
Indecency: 3½ years for farmer
And eight cuts with cane for 20-year-old

Will-o'-the-wisp driver appears in Court
17-year-old stole car, drove it recklessly, gets 6 cuts and reformatory term

Zimbabwe/Judicial - August 1965
Rhodesia policemen to be caned
Two white recruits from Britain, age 20 and 21, are ordered six cuts each and a year in jail for robbery

Zimbabwe/Judicial - July 1971
Caning Row Hits Talks In Rhodesia
Hundreds of schoolboys caned by magistrate's court


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