Richard Richardson, Edward Skelton.
13th October 1686
Reference Numbert16861013-31

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Richard Richardson and Edward Skelton , of the Parish of Stepney , was Indicted for Killing Henry Howard , Gent. on the 11th. day of September last, giving him divers mortal bruses upon the Brest. Belly and Back, of which he instantly dyed . The Evidence against the Prisoners were very Numerous, and all very concurring in their Evidence, who deposed, that the deceased Howard, was taken in a Coffee-House on the back side of Ratcliff High way, on the Friday Night before the Murther was Committed by the Prisoner, (he being a Headborrow in that Parish,) who would have carried him to Prison, but that he gave the Prisoner Money so he was acquitted for that Night but on the next Evening being Saturday, the deceased happening to be at one Mr. Staples's (who kept a Publick House thereabouts, and was a Friend of the deceaseds.) about half an hour after Nine a Clock at Night, and being very much indisposed in Drink, the said Staples was endeavouring to get him into a Bed, but on a sudden, the said Hedborrow knockt at the Door, and the other Prisoner Skelton, and one or two more, and being let in, he immediately went up Stairs, and haled the deceased down by the Collar, out into the Field, on the back side of the House, and used him in a most barbarous and inhumane manner, crying out Murther, dragging the deceased into the Grass, and threw him upon the Ground, pretending to take him away to the Watch or to Prison, but on the Sunday Morning, the deceased was found Dead, lying against a Bank in a Ditch, &c. The Headborrow argued in his Defence, that he intended to do nothing but what was his Duty to do; he confest indeed, that there was a Scuffle, in which the deceased got away, and that he knew nothing how he came by his Death, and call'd several Witnesses, all which prevailed nothing on his account, but upon a full hearing they were both found Guilty of wilfull Murther, &c.

[Death. See summary.]

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