John Swift.
17th January 1681
Reference Numbert16810117a-4
VerdictNot Guilty > self defence

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John Swift , was Indicted for the Murther of Charles Jones , in the Savoy ; the manner of the Fact was thus, The Prisoner, the Deceased and another Gentleman being at Supper together, there arose a Quarrel betwixt the Prisoner and the Deceased, caused by the Deceased's Singing a Baudy Song under a Ladies Window which the Deceased did aggravate with many base words, so that the Prisoner desiring to avoid farther mischif, took his leave to go home to his Lodging, when as the Deceased geting from the Gentleman that held him, followed the Prisoner, who standing upon his defence had the ill hap to wound him under the right Pap, of which wound in a short time he dyed. So that upon the Evidence the Jury found that what was done, was for self Preservation, and thereupon returned it Se Defendendo .


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