Richard Thomas, James Cordyner, Nicholas Haughton, Richard Williams, John Boyce.
20th May 1686
Reference Numbert16860520-40
SentenceDeath; No Punishment > sentence respited

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Richard Thomas , James Cordyner , Nicholas Haughton , Richard Williams and John Boyce , of the Parish of St. Pancras , was Indicted for Killing Samuel Corbison , on the 18th of May , near St. Pancras Church , giving him a mortal wound under his right Pap, of the depth of four Inches, with a Sword of the value of 5 s. Richard Thomas as principal, Cordyner, Haughton, Williams and Boyce as Abettors thereunto . The Evidence for the King deposed, that the Prisoners came to an Alehouse to Drink, and having not Money to pay the Reckoning, went out of the House without paying, whereupon they were immediately pursued by some Labouring Men, that Worked near the Alehouse, to Apprehend them, but the prisoners stood upon their guard, and swore they would kill every Man of them if they continued to pursue them; whereupon a Combat happened, the prisoners drawing their Swords, killed the aforesaid Corbison upon the spot; the Swords being produced in Court all bloody; and the Evidence being so clear against them, they were all brought in Guilty of wilfull Murther.

[Thomas, Cordyner, Haughton, Williams: Death. See summary.]

[Boyce: No punishment. See summary.]

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