John Cole, Peter James.
30th August 1727
Reference Numbert17270830-37
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Cole and Peter James , of St. Brides , were indicted for the Murder of John Powel , on the 16th of June last, by kicking, beating and abusing the said John Powel, in such Manners as was the Occasion of his Death, of which Wounds and Bruises he languished till the 30th of June last, and then died .

Jane Powel thus depos'd, As I was crying the late King's Elegy, John Cole came up to me and call'd me B - h, saying, Why do you cry the King's Elegy before he is dead? Upon which my Husband came up and ask'd the Prisoner John Cole , why he kickt his Wife? John Cole call'd him old Dog, and took up a Stone and knock'd him down, and then stamp'd upon his Belly.

Ann Bell depos'd, That she saw Cole knock the Deceased down, and with the Fall the Deceased received a Wound which bled excessively.

Mr. Rideot, Surgeon, depos'd, That he was sent for, and opening the Deceas'd after his Death, found his Ribs whole, and no Diffusion in the Cavity, neither did he believe that his Death was occasoned by any Violence that was offered to him.

Mr. Bartley depos'd, That he was sent for the Day before his Death, and found he had a remitting Pulse, and appeared to be in a Consumption, which he did believe to be the Occasion of his Death, and not from any Blows he had received, there being only a small Wound in his Forehead, which could not possible hasten his Death, it being of no Consequence. These Depositions were corroborated by several others who

were at the opening of the Deceased; upon which the Jury acquitted them.

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