Richard Downes.
8th December 1697
Reference Numbert16971208-5

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Richard Downes of the Parish of St. Andrews Holburn , was Indicted for the Murder of William Houndsman on the 16th. of November , in the 9th Year of his Majesty's Reign, by giving him a Mortal blow on the Left side of his head with the Barrel of a Musket, Value 2 s. of which he instantly died . The Evidence deposed that they heard the Blow given, which struck down the deceased, and afterwards several other blows; That coming up, they saw none upon the place but the Prisoner, who wore a Souldier s Coat, with the Musket-barrel and part of the Stock, with a broken Sword in his hand; and that the Prisoner's lace was bloody; but it being about 10 at night, they could not well perceive his face: only one of the Evidence who first seized him, deposed that the Prisoner was the person. The Prisoner

in his defence said, that excessive Drinking upon His Majesty's coming home took away his senses, so that he knew nothing he did, which seem'd no ways to extenuate his Crime. The Jury brought him in Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

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