Luke Nunny, Martin Nunny.
24th April 1723
Reference Numbert17230424-10
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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Luke Nunny and Martin Nunny , of the Parish of St. Mary Whitechapel , were indicted, Luke Nunny, for the Murder of William Bramston , by giving him one mortal Wound of the Length of one Inch, and the Depth of five Inches, the 31st of March last, and Martin Nunny, for being aiding and abetting in the said Murder . John Howel depos'd, That on Sunday Morning, the 31st of March last, between one and two a-Clock, as he was going along Whitechapel , he saw the Prisoners assaulting and beating James Young , giving him many Blows, and that a little Time after the Deceased came by, and made a Stop, and stood looking on. That Luke Nunny gave the Deceased a Blow with his Fist, tho' he gave him no Provocation. That upon his having received the Blow from Luke, he mov'd his right Foot, and made an Offer to strike again, but did not, but recovered himself, and stood as he did before. That then Luke came to him the second Time, and made a Sort of a Push at him with his Hand, and as soon he had given this Push, the Deceased said he was stabb'd, he was dead Man, dropp'd down, and fell against his Legs, he being about a Quarter of a Yard from the Deceased. That a Light coming by, he look'd on the Deceased, and saw the Blood, and the Prisoner made to their own Being; and that he pursued them, and they were taken. That as Luke Nunny was making of, the Deceased said, That he was the Person that stabb'd him, James Young depos'd, That as he was going along Whitechapel about one or two a-Clock, he saw the Prisoners talking with a Man near the Kennel; that the Man with his Stick-struck Martin Nunny; that he asked him why he struck him? upon which he went away; and afterwards they fell upon him, James Young, and knock'd him down; that he got up again, and defended himself as well as he could, but they knock'd him down a second Time, and beat him very much; and that when he was gotten up, he heard a Man say he was a dead Man, and saw them run

away into an Alley. That he followed them, and they went into an House, but were immediately pursued and taken. He added, That Martin, indeed was very drunk, but Lukes seemed not to be in drink. Robert Tuckwell , the Constable, deposed, that being upon the Watch he heard Murder cry'd out; that he immediately ran, and was at the Place where the Fact was done in four Minutes Time; that the Prisoners were apprehended, and going to the deceased he was quite dead, and near his Head he took up a Knife, which Knife afterwards did appear to be the Knife of Martin Nunny. That they had no Hats when they were taken into Custody, but there were two Hats taken up not far from the deceased, which Hats they afterwards owned were theirs. That he afterwards went to the Prisoners Mother's House, that they found there a third Brother in bed, and enquiring concerning his Brother's Knife, he exactly described the Knife, which he showing to him he swore it was his Brother's Knife, and be (Martin Nunny) owned it was his Knife, and he bought it at Yarmouth. He added, That after their Commitment they said, Damn it, if they were hanged they should not be either the first or the last. William Hamblaton , the Watchman, depos'd, That coming to Moses and Aaron Alley, he was told there was Murder committed, and that he went to apprehend them; that Martin's Face was bloody; that he took him below Stairs, and Luke was run up Stairs, and he found him leaning upon his Elbow on the Stair-head, but when he seiz'd him, he assaulted him with great Violence. That Martin was drunk, but Luke not. Joseph Atkinson , jun. deposed, That upon opening the Body he found the Wound to have penetrated between the fifth and sixth Ribs, and into the Heart, and was the Cause of his Death. The Prisoner, Luke Nunny, pleaded in his Defence, That one Edward Chapman began to quarrel with him and his Brother; that he went away, and that two Seamen came by, who said to them, What, are you no drunker yet? And follow'd them, and fell upon them. That he call'd the Constable and the Watch, and in the mean Time the Accident happened, but he knew not how, And Martin Nunny pleading he knew nothing of the Matter, the Jury found Luke Nunny guilty of both Indictments but acquitted Martin Nunny.

[Death. See summary.]

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