Robert Trimble, Killing > murder, 17th May 1716.

Reference Number: t17160517-32
Offence: Killing > murder
Verdict: Guilty > manslaughter
Punishment: Miscellaneous > branding
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Robert Trimble jun. Gent , of the Parish of St. Mary le Bone , was indicted for the Murder of Moses Pierce , by giving him a Mortal Wound with a Rapier near the right Pap; of which he instantly died , on the 13th of April last. He was also indicted upon the Coroner's Inquest for the Same Murder. It appear'd by the Evidence that the Decease'd was Journey-man Carpenter , and believing himself to have atain'd Some Skill in Small Sword, would always wear one, or have one by him; which made his Behaviour founded upon that Conceit, unsupportable. Sometime before this unfortunate Action, the Prisoner and the Deceas'd being in Company, they differ'd about the Manner and Posture of holding the Sword; and the Prisoner told the Deceas'd he knew nothing of it, which took Root in him, and made him restless; and the Day on which the Action was done, the Prisoner came to him and told him he heard he wanted to speak with him, and the Deceased answer'd he did; You say (said he); I have no Skill in Small Sword but I have, and I am ready to answer you; and if you don't fight me, I'll beat you. Name your Ground then, said the Prisoner; The Road said the Deceased and away they both went: Before any of the Evidence came up the fatal Wound was given; but they found the Deceas'd holding the Prisoner's Sword very thirsty and desirous of a Dram of Brandy; crying out, he would fight the Prisoner again, he would have his Blood, and presently after fell down dead. The Jury brought the Prisoner in Guilty of Manslaughter .

[Branding. See summary.]


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