Samuel Hammond.
30th August 1727
Reference Numbert17270830-35

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Samuel Hammond , of the Parish of Bishopsgate , was indicted for Petty Treason, in wilfully, barbarously, and maliciously committing Murder on the Body of his Master Thomas Barker , giving him one mortal Wound of the breadth of one Inch, and the Depth of 12 Inches, of which he instantly died . He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner is Inquest for the said Murder.

The Son of the deceas'd depos'd, That on the 19th of July last at 7 in the Morning he went into the Shop to work, and his Father came up soon after, that the Prisoner was then at Work with a wrong Tool, when the Deceased said, You Blockhead you'll break the Drill, why don't you use the Pliers. Soon after, without any more Words, this Deponent said, his Father went out of the Shop into a little Closer adjoining, and the Prisoner going to him, thus Deponent heard his Father cry out, upon which he ran to see what was the Matter, when to his great Surprize, he saw the Prisoner with a Sword close to his Father's Body, as if going to make a second Thrust, saying to the Decesed, D - n your B - d you Son of a B - h I'll kill you; upon which then Deceased said, you have done it already.

Mr. Richardson the Surgeon depos'd, That he was sent for, and coming, found the Wound was mortal between the 10th and 11th Rib, which he did believe to be the Occasion of his Death.

George Yerwood depos'd, that he having Occasion for a lighted Candle to use at his Work, he pass 'd the Closet Door and saw the Prisoner with a drawn Sword standing near the Deceased, saying as was mentioned by the Son of the Deceased, adding, That he knew no Reason or Occasion the Prisoner had to commit this Violence, not being aggravated to it by any Circumstance, more than the Deceased's calling him Blockhead for using a Drill instead of the Pliers. He had nothing to say in his Defence, nor the least Excuse to make for his committing this inhumane Murder, he only said, It is true what they alledge against me; the Jury found him Guilty . Death .

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