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<p>290.
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<p>He was likewise charged on the coroner's inquisition with the said murder.</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person643"> WILLIAM KINGSTON
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<p>"That he lives in
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<p>"within three doors of the prisoner.</p>
<p>"That he sat up on the night of the 30th</p>
<p>"of March, to attend the night-men who</p>
<p>"were emptying the necessaries belonging</p>
<p>"to the houses in Angel Gardens. That</p>
<p>"at about three o'clock he heard the cry of</p>
<p>"murder! in the house of the prisoner, and</p>
<p>"saw the deceased in the entry stooping and</p>
<p>"holding her hand to the lower part of her</p>
<p>"belly, who told the witness that her husband</p>
<p>"had murdered her. He was asked, if</p>
<p>"the deceased was intoxicated with liquor,</p>
<p>"having said in his deposition before the</p>
<p>"coroner that she was, he now after much</p>
<p>"hesitation, said he believed she might have</p>
<p>"had some liquor."</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person644"> JANE ONEAL
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person644" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That the deceased came to her house at</p>
<p>"eight o'clock in the morning and begged</p>
<p>"of her for Christ's sake to let her lie down</p>
<p>"upon her bed, for her husband had kicked</p>
<p>"her upon her private parts, and had stamped</p>
<p>"upon her as she was lying upon her back in</p>
<p>"the entry. The witness said she sent for</p>
<p>"the prisoner, who said that his wife had used</p>
<p>"him very indifferently; but that he forgave</p>
<p>"her all she was ever guilty of before, but he</p>
<p>"would never forgive her after what he had</p>
<p>"seen between her and those nasty fellows who</p>
<p>"were there last night; and that she should</p>
<p>"never lie in his bed again. That when he</p>
<p>"came down he saw his wife lying in the entry;</p>
<p>"that he gave her a kick, but not to kill her</p>
<p>"or hurt her. That the deceased then said</p>
<p>"don't believe him for he is a savage. That</p>
<p>"the prisoner would not admit the deceased
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<p>"witness to let her stay in her house, which</p>
<p>"she did till the Friday; that then she was</p>
<p>"taken home, and died on the Saturday.</p>
<p>"That the prisoner sent a doctor to the</p>
<p>"deceased some time on Saturday. The</p>
<p>"witness said she had not heard of any criminal</p>
<p>"connexion between the deceased</p>
<p>"and one of the night-men; and that the</p>
<p>"prisoner was very jealous of the deceased."</p>
<p>ANN BATEWELL being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That she lived next door but one to the</p>
<p>"prisoner. That the deceased came into her</p>
<p>"house on Monday the 27th of March, at</p>
<p>"about nine at night. That she had a cut on</p>
<p>"her head which bled very much, and had two</p>
<p>"marks on her arms and upon her shoulder.</p>
<p>"That the prisoner being sent for came to</p>
<p>"the deceased, and asked her to go home.</p>
<p>"That the deceased said but you'll beat me</p>
<p>"again; to which the prisoner made no reply.</p>
<p>"The witness said she heard an outcry</p>
<p>"on the Wednesday night, but as she did</p>
<p>"not go out of her own house, she did not</p>
<p>"see any thing of the matter. That she</p>
<p>"went to see the deceased on Saturday evening</p>
<p>"just as she was expiring. That the</p>
<p>"deceased was a very likely woman and appeared</p>
<p>"to be about thirty years old.</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person645"> MARY KINGSTON
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person645" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That she came into the prisoner's room</p>
<p>"about three minutes before the deceased</p>
<p>"expired. That on the next day the prisoner</p>
<p>"told her that he found his wife on the</p>
<p>"floor in the passage, that he kicked her twice,</p>
<p>"upon which she struggled very much; that he</p>
<p>"said to himself, Lord, what shall I say for</p>
<p>"myself, what shall I say for myself! The</p>
<p>"witness said she had known the deceased</p>
<p>"four years; that she was as clean, industrious,</p>
<p>"and sober a woman as any in London.</p>
<p>"She was asked if the prisoner at that time</p>
<p>"expressed any jealousy respecting the behaviour</p>
<p>"of his wife, which she answered</p>
<p>"in the negative."</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person646"> RICHARD PRIEST
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person646" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That he lived next door to the prisoner.</p>
<p>"That he heard the cry of murder at the</p>
<p>"prisoner's house, three or four times</p>
<p>"that night at between ten or eleven and</p>
<p>"again at between three and four o'clock.</p>
<p>"That he heard the prisoner's door open,</p>
<p>"saw the deceased come out holding her</p>
<p>"hands upon her belly. That she cried out</p>
<p>"that rogue, that villain my husband, has been</p>
<p>"the death of me, or has murdered me. The</p>
<p>"witness said he thought it a family affair,</p>
<p>"and therefore did not interfere in it.</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person647"> ELISABETH PRIEST
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person647" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> (the mother of the last witness) being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That at half after three o'clock she was</p>
<p>"awakened by a prodigious noise in the</p>
<p>"house, as if something had fallen down the</p>
<p>"stairs. That she heard the shrieks of a</p>
<p>"woman who seemed in very great distress.</p>
<p>"That she heard blows struck, which</p>
<p>"founded as if in the entry at the bottom</p>
<p>"of the stairs. That she heard the cry of</p>
<p>"murder three times and then heard the</p>
<p>"woman, whom she believed to be the</p>
<p>"deceased, give another shriek, and that</p>
<p>"she never saw the deceased afterwards."</p>
<p>Mr.
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person648" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , an Apothecary, being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That he was sent for to the deceased on</p>
<p>"Saturday the 1st of April, at about seven</p>
<p>"in the evening. That there was no one</p>
<p>"with her but a little girl. That he asked</p>
<p>"her what she complained of; to which she</p>
<p>"replied her husband had thrown her upon the</p>
<p>"floor and stamped upon her. That she made</p>
<p>"bloody urine, and had spit blood. She complained</p>
<p>"of being much bound in her body,</p>
<p>"and very sick, and begged to have something</p>
<p>"sent to relieve her, or she said she was a</p>
<p>"dead woman. The witness said he went</p>
<p>"and prepared some medicines immediately</p>
<p>"and sent them. When the servant who</p>
<p>"carried them, brought word back, that</p>
<p>"the woman was dead."</p>
<p>Mr. HOLFORD, a Surgeon, being sworn, deposed.</p>
<p>"That at the desire of the officers of the</p>
<p>"parish he opened the body of the deceased.</p>
<p>"That he found the bladder ruptured large</p>
<p>"enough to admit a hen's egg. That the</p>
<p>"bladder in other respects appeared to be in</p>
<p>"a found state. That from every appearance</p>
<p>"of the bladder he was convinced that
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<p>"great external violence, and that it was undoubtedly</p>
<p>"the cause of her death. He likewise</p>
<p>"said that from the appearance of the</p>
<p>"intestines he was of opinion that the deceased</p>
<p>"had been addicted to drinking spirituous</p>
<p>"liquors.</p>
<p>"The prisoner said he left his defence to</p>
<p>"his counsel, who called,</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person649"> MARY POMEROY
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person649" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , who being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That the prisoner hired her to wait on</p>
<p>"the deceased on the day she died, that the</p>
<p>"deceased, three hours before she died, told</p>
<p>"her that a month before she had swallowed</p>
<p>"a pin which caused her to spit blood; that</p>
<p>"her husband gave her a shilling to go to</p>
<p>"the doctor's for his assistance; but that she</p>
<p>"could not get the pin out, and that she</p>
<p>"never had been easy afterwards."</p>
<p>"Mr. Holford being again called up said,</p>
<p>"that this was the first time he had ever</p>
<p>"heard it mentioned, that the deceased had</p>
<p>"swallowed a pin, and that the pin could</p>
<p>"not have made its way to the bladder."</p>
<p>"Mr. Atkins was asked whether the deceased,</p>
<p>"when he enquired of her what her complaint</p>
<p>"was, mentioned any thing of her</p>
<p>"having swallowed a pin a month before.</p>
<p>"Atkins said, she did not."</p>
<p>
<persName id="t17800510-58-person650"> ANN KENNEY
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person650" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That the prisoner came and told her</p>
<p>"when she had swallowed a pin. She said</p>
<p>"the deceased did sometimes get in liquor."</p>
<p>
<persName id="t17800510-58-person651"> MARGARET KENNEY
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person651" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> the daughter of the last witness being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That she was with the deceased when</p>
<p>"she died; that the prisoner came home</p>
<p>"about six o'clock, and asked the deceased</p>
<p>"how she did? The deceased said she was</p>
<p>"very bad; that he asked her whether she</p>
<p>"wanted any thing? and she said no; that</p>
<p>"the prisoner desired her to get up to have</p>
<p>"the bed made. That the witness helped her</p>
<p>"out of bed and set her in a chair. That</p>
<p>"she soon after fell down in a sit and expired."</p>
<p>OWNA ONEALE being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That, at about ten o'clock at night of</p>
<p>"the 30th of March, he heard the deceased</p>
<p>"and a man together in a necessary-house,</p>
<p>"near Angel Gardens, and that, from</p>
<p>"what he heard pass, he was convinced</p>
<p>"they were criminally concerned together.</p>
<p>"That he afterwards saw the deceased come</p>
<p>"out of the necessary and go into her own</p>
<p>"house. He said it was not one of the</p>
<p>"night-men that was with the deceased, but</p>
<p>"a labouring man."</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person652"> ANN AMELIA CORNACK
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person652" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed.</p>
<p>"That the prisoner bore a good character</p>
<p>"for tenderness and humanity to his wife</p>
<p>"and children. That the deceased drank</p>
<p>"excessively and was a very troublesome</p>
<p>"woman."</p>
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<persName id="t17800510-58-person653"> MARY ATKINSON
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<interp inst="t17800510-58-person653" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> being sworn, deposed,</p>
<p>"That the prisoner had lodged at her</p>
<p>"house half a year ago. That he was a</p>
<p>"hard working honest man. That he always</p>
<p>"behaved well to his wife. That the</p>
<p>"deceased was a drunken wicked woman</p>
<p>"that quarrelled with every one. That</p>
<p>"she had known the deceased fall down</p>
<p>"twice of a night when she had been intoxicated</p>
<p>"and then has given it out to her</p>
<p>"drunken companions that her husband had</p>
<p>"thrown her down."</p>
<p>(The prisoner called four other witnesses who all gave him a good character, but his wife the reverse.)</p>
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<p>Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p>
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