14th September 1814
Reference Numbert18140914-45
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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740. WILLIAM MEDGETT was indicted for the wilful murder of Margaret, his wife ; and also charged on the Coroners Inquisition.

ELIZABETH SAUNDERS. Q. Did you know the deceased, Margaret Medgett - A. Yes; I lived in the same house as she did.

Q. Who was her husband - A. The prisoner.

Q. Where you at the house on the night she came home, when she received her death - A. Yes. She was very much in liquor when the husband came home; I desired him to go up stairs.

Q. Did you hear any words pass between the prisoner and the deceased - A. I did not.

Q. Did you see the son of the deceased come down stairs - A. No. He came down stairs, I did not see him. The prisoner came and knocked at my door, he asked me to go up to his wife he said she was very ill; I went up stairs; I saw the deceased, she was partly on the bed and partly off. He asked me whether any thing could be done for her; I told him he must get a doctor; he went out for a doctor returned back, he said he could not ring the bell; he went back again, and brought the doctor with him. The doctor said, she must be taken in a coach to the Hospital.

MR. CHOPPING. Q. You are a surgeon; you saw this poor woman - A. I did.

Q. Did you see the disease by which she appear afflicted - A. I saw the injury that she received brought on a wound.

Q. You were before the Coroner - A. I was.

Q. You said before the Coroner. that the injury that she received did not appear alone the ordinary circumstance that occasioned her death - A. I understand she was under the influence of liquor before it happened; it would have materially assisted the hemorrhage.

MARY HURD . I am the sister of the deceased. She had very large veins about her thighs; she shewed me the hurt, I being her sister. She told me the doctor said if she did not wear a bandage, it would be the death of her. She left the bandage off; I blamed her for leaving off the bandage.

Q. to Mr. Chopping You have heard the evidence given by the last witness; what is your opinion now - A. On the examination of the body, there was no appearance of violence done, except in the internal membrane; there was a small wound on one side. on the other side there was a contusion and swelling.

Q. If an ordinary blow might occasion death, might not a small blow cause an effusion of blood - A. It would.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

GUILTY, aged 41,

Of manslaughter .

Confined 1 month in Newgate , fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

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