28th August 1678
Reference Numbert16780828-6
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter

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A Carpenter was afterwards Indicted for Murdering his Laborer , the manner thus. The Carpenter having undertaken a Piece of Work, wherein he had occasion to imploy Brick-layers and Masons, one of them wanted a Tray full of Morter; and the Carpenter finding the rest of his men busie, whilst this Laborer sate Idling at an Ale house door, called him to Accommodate the Mason with the said Morter; but the Laborer instead of obeying him, gave him approbrious Language; and at last threw a great Stone at him, and was going to second it with another; when the Carpenter taking up that which the Laborer

first threw, and throwing it at him again, was so unfortunate as to hit the Laborer on the side of the Head, and break his Scull, whereof he presently dyed; but there being no Malice found between them, (for the Laborer came to him but that day,) he was only found guilty of Man slaughter .

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