Richard James, Killing > murder, Violent Theft > robbery, 10th December 1684.

Reference Number: t16841210-13
Offences: Killing > murder; Violent Theft > robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

Richard James , Indicted for murdering and Robbing Elizabeth Fairbank , of the Parish of Martins in the Fields , on the 20th of April last, it was proved against him, that the said Fairbank being found Murthered in her Celler, in a Barbarous manner, viz. her Neck broke, and she in divers parts greatly bruised, he was that Night in the company of John Wise , convicted of the said Murther last Sessions, as also of Charles Tooly sometime since deceased, that he upon the discovery of the Murther, fled beyond the Seas, saying, if he was taken, he should surely dye for it, it was further proved, that he had disposed of a Hair Ring, that was left with the Party Murthered in pledge for Money, and taken from her, at the time she was Murthered, her Trunks and Boxes being then broken up and rifled, which Ring being produced in Court, and sworn to, as also that several other things described to be Fairbanks, were seen in his Custody, which he since had made away, himself being formerly Burnt in the hand, for stealing Perriwigs, and making a slender defence, not being capable of producing any Testimony, where he was at the time of the Murther Committed, the Jury found him Guilty of the Murther and Fellony, as laid in the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]


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