Robert Hicks.
4th April 1722
Reference Numbert17220404-52
VerdictNot Guilty

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Robert Hicks , of Stepney , was indicted for the Murder of his Mother Alice Hicks , by giving her one mortal Wound on the Head with both his Hands, on the 23d of March last; of which she languished till the 24th of the same Month, and then Dy'd . Samuel Hicks depos'd, that on the 23d of March in the Morning. he found his Wife lying on the Bed and her Hands shaking, that he spoke to her, but she was speechless, and dy'd in a few minutes. Samuel Brown , and his Wife depos'd, that about 8 on Friday night the prisoner came home drunk; and the Deceased shut the Door and barred him out into a Gallery. The prisoner then broke the Window Shutter and Windows, this Evidence perswaded the Deceased to let him in, which at last she did: he advised the prisoner to go to Bed, who answer'd he would buss his Mother first, and putting his Hands about the Deceased's Neck, she shrieck'd and said My Rogue has Murdered me! The prisoner said, I have given her a sly knock; let the Old Bitch Dye and be damn'd. Susan Clare depos'd, that the Deceased was in a violent passion, and swore and scolded as heartily after her Son offer'd to kiss her as before, that she sat up with her about 11 that Night, and she was very sensible and made no Complaint of any hurt. Several Witnesses depos'd, that the Deceased was a very Quarrelsome and Malicious Woman, and would frequently cry out Murder, when no body touch'd her; and that the prisoner was very often Lunatick. 2 Surgeons depos'd, that on opening the Head of the Deceased, they found no Contusion nor any sign of hurt; and that they believed she died of Convulsions, which her violent Passion might have thrown her into. Not Guilty .


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