John Claxton.
9th December 1685
Reference Numbert16851209-6
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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John Claxton was Tryed for Killing George Parish on the 14th of October last, in the Parish of St. Sepulchres , it appeared on his Tryal, that that day being the Kings Birth day, divers Youths making Bonefires in or near Smithfield, upon attempting to take away the Wood one Company had gotten for that purpose, many were knocked down, and amongst others, the Deceased, upon a second attack, had a Blow upon the hinder part of his Head which broke his Skull. The Evidence against the Prisoner was, that he threatned to have the Blood of some person, and that it was verily believed he was the person that had struck and pursued the Deceased into a House in Cow-lane, under pretence he had lost his Hat &c. to which he pleaded Innocence, saying he had been much abused himself, which had occasioned his being Blooded, and keeping his Bed, and to the same purpose he produced some Witnesses; but it appearing he was ingaged in the Action, and in all probability the person who gave the fatal blow, the Jury brought him in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]

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