John Spurgeon, Joan Spurgeon.
9th December 1685
Reference Numbert16851209-7
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter; Not Guilty
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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John Spurgeon , and Joan Spurgeon his Wife , were Tryed for killing John Aires , on the 19th. of November last; upon the Tryal it appeared that the deceased coming into the Yard of the Prisoner, a quarrel began with words, and afterwards they struck each other divers blows with their Sticks, and then did the like with their Swords, when Joan Spurgeon coming to the Assistance of her Husband, with whom Aires had grapled, she with the pummel of Aires his Sword broke his head in divers places, and thereupon with the help of her husband thrust him out of the Yard, at what time he being advised by one of the Witnesses to wash him at a pump that stood hard by: upon some provoking words, Spurgeons Wife fell upon him again with a Stick, and her husband coming to her assistance, after many blows run him into the Left part of the Head, so that the sword pierced the Brain, of which he instantly dyed: The Prisoners pleaded that the deceas'd made the first Assault, and that they were both much wounded, &c. Whereupon Spurgeon was found Guilty of manslaughter , and his Wife Acquitted .

[Branding. See summary.]

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