John Cusack.
24th May 1694
Reference Numbert16940524-19
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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John Cusack of St. Andrews Holborn , Gent. was Tried for killing one Robert Salisbury on the 30th of April last at Grays-Inn Lane-end in Holborn , giving him a mortal Wound upon his breast with a Sword, value 2s. of the breadth of one Inch, and of the depth of 8 Inches, of which he instantly died . The Prisoner and the deceased Mr. Salisbury, were in company of one Mr. Salisbury, where Mr. Cusack was saying, that he had lately recommended a Servant to a certain Gentleman, a particular Friend of his, who had done him great kindnesses, therefore hop't the Servant would prove well, or words to that effect, says the Deceased, What do you do for him, are you his Pimp, or do you procure for him? Upon which the Prisoner grew angry, and told him that he scorn'd any such Action; upon which further words arose, and the Prisoner went away, but the Deceased followed him, and overtook him just at Grays-Inn Lane-end, where they had further words, and the Deceased was seen to strike the Prisoner with his Cane, and to shake Mr. Cusack upon the Breast, telling him he would shake him to pieces, and challenging him to box with him, which Mr. Cusack refusing to do, Mr. Salisbury would have struck him again; upon which Mr. Cusack drew his sword and unfortunately ran him into the Body; which he did not deny; adding, that he was very sorry for it, and did all he could to evade the Quarrel; and they had always been loving Friends before, and that he did not think to have kill'd him, what he did being in his own defence, but that could not be allowed: So he was found guilty of Manslaughter , as the Law requires in all such sudden Quarrels.

[Branding. See summary.]

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