John Hutchins, Elizabeth Sturt.
10th December 1684
Reference Numbert16841210-15
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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John Hutchins and Elizabeth Sturt , Indicted for Murdering John Sparks a Waterman in Fleet-street , on the 3d December , it appeared upon their Tryal, that Sparks with two of his Companions, coming from a place where they had been about business, met two Women, which as Sparks stroaked one of them on the Belly in the way of jest, which so far incited Hutchins to revenge, they being of his Company, and one of them the Party Tryed with him as Accessary, that he first striking him over the Head, afterwards drew his Sword, and run him into the right Thigh, whereof he instantly dyed, which Fact he Pleaded for some time he was ignorant, but it plainly appearing to be done without the least Provocation, he was found Guilty of wilful Murder, but it not appearing that Sturt was adding or abetting, but on the contrary, that she was drunk, and consequently insensible of what was done, she was acquitted .

[Death. See summary.]

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