Peter Ricaut.
18th February 1691
Reference Numbert16910218-43
VerdictNot Guilty

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Peter Ricaut of the Parish of S. Clement Danes , Gent. was Indicted for the Murther of one Mr. Daniel Hill , Linen-Draper , near Temple bar, on the 10th day of Julie, and second year of our Sovereign Lord and Lady K. William and Q. Marie, together with one Rich. Cook , not taken; giving him several Mortal Bruises upon the Head, Neck, Breast, Belly, Shoulders and Ribs of him the said Daniel Hill, with a Cane, of which from the 10th of July e to the 22d of the same Month he lived, languishing and them dyed; and that he the said Peter Ricaut, at the Time of the Murther committed, was present, abeting, aiding, comforting and mainteying him the said R. Cook in the said Murther : This was the Substance of the Indictment against him: After which several Witnesses for the King were called, who declared in general, That the Prisoner and Mr. Cook, and others being in a Coach, stop'd by the Linnen-draper's Shop, a poor Woman desired their Charity, which they gave; but she being more importunate upon them, Mr. Cook bid her ask that Linnen-Draper for somewhat to make her Children Frocks, which he over-hearing, returned in answer, Give her the Tails of your Shirts to make them if you have any on; upon which a sudden Heat and fewd arose between the said Mr. Cook and the deceased, in so much that he went out of the Coach to the Draper and fell upon him, in which Scufle and Combat Mr. Hill received the Bruises as aforesaid, particularly one in his Head, which the Apothecaries and Surgeons declared in Court was the occasion of his Death: But the Evidence could not swear that Ricaut gave any Blows to the deceased, only stood at the Door with his Sword drawn, to keep the Rabble off; and the Court was somewhat doubtful in the Case, and did conjecture that Mr. Cook was the Person that did the Injury to Mr. Hill: So after a distinct Hearing Mr. Ricaut was found Not Guilty . But after this Mrs. Hill, Wife of the deceased, brought an Appeal of Murder against the Prisoner: Unto which he gave sufficient Bayl to answer the same on the first Day of the next Term at the King's. Bench Bar at Westminster, &c.


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