Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), May 1819, trial of SAMUEL VIALS (t18190526-42).

SAMUEL VIALS, Killing > manslaughter, 26th May 1819.

810. SAMUEL VIALS was indicted for manslaughter .

WILLIAM COX . I am a gardener, and live at Hadley. On the 9th of March I was on Hadley-common, and saw three chaises coming along, one drove faster than the others, and as it passed the other two it made the horse turn short off, and one of the chaises, drove over a child - the prisoner drove one of the chaises, but not that that occasioned the accident - it was an accident, and nothing else.

MATTHEW COX . I saw this accident. Two chaises were driving at a steady pace, another, which the prisoner drove, passed them, one of the horses took fright, and ran over the child, which was killed on the spot.

PHILLIP EDRIDGE . I was present. It was nothing but an accident.

(See page 212, last Session.)

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Garrow .