Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 April 2023), August 1727, trial of Joseph Presley (t17270830-31).

Joseph Presley, Killing > murder, 30th August 1727.

Joseph Presley , of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , was indicted for the Murder of Mary Williams , a Child about two Years of Age, by running over it with his Cart, on the 16th of August last, of which it instantly died . He was a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest.

Elizabeth Croyden depos'd, That she saw the Child picking up Gravel Stones in the road near Old-Street , and that the Prisoner coming along in his Cart, with no one to lead the Horses, ran over it, but she said she did believe the Prisoner did not know of it till it was done; that his running over the Child, which was the immediate Cause of its Death was indisputable, but that he was guilty of wilful Murder did not appear: However, he was found guilty of Manslaughter , for as much as he was in his Cart when he should have been by the Side of his Horse, which may deter others from the like Practice, if Examples can have any Effect on those who are so notorious for Carelessness and Insolence.

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