George Porter.
10th December 1684
Reference Numbert16841210-12
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter

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George Porter , Indicted for Killing Sir James Hacket in the Parish of St. Brides , on the 11th October , the circumstances appearing upon Tryal were, that the deceased and the Prisoner being at Dukes Theatre, the Play ended, a croud happened upon their coming out, in which the Prisoner supposing himself to be jostled, or brushed by the deceased (who had a Cane in his hand) drew his Sword, and without further consideration run him into the left Thigh, so that the weapon appeared both ways, cutting likewise his Fingers, whilst he struggled to draw it forth, whereupon the Prisoner recovered his Sword, the deceased at that time sinking down, but had no further opportunity, ere it was seized by a Gentleman present, whereat he expressed much indignation, and getting it once more at M stood upon his Guard, saying, he had seized one already, as he had deserved, or to that effect, yet the deceased after the Wound was received went home in a Coach and lived until the 26th following, and then dyed in the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields, the defence the Prisoner made was, that he had received a push in the Mouth, as he verily believed from the deceased, and by that means came so rashly unfortunate, adding, that he knew not the person that fell through his occasion, and therefore could have premeditated malice, &c. Whereupon the Jury returning their Verdict, found him Guilty of Man-slaughter only, by which means, he was not found upon the statute of stabbing, upon which statute he was charged with a second indictment.

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