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between two and three pounds, viz. back had a gun or pistol, and was two one-pound notes of the Chi- very much like Thomas Ockewell. chester Bank, and the rest in silver ; John Vickery, principal officer at that he had changed one of the said Bow-street, proved, that on the 11th notes at Andover, and had the other of May, when the prisoner was in note only and the silver when he custody at Cricklade, he was asked came home to Wootton-Bassett; that by this witness whether he ever had he had not had a day's work since he a pistol in his possession; to which had been at home, and had expend- the prisoner answered that he had ed the money on his family; that he had one, but he sold it four or five paid the last of the two Chichester years ago to one Blanchett, of Wootnotes to a hawker for a piece of cloth; ton-Bassett. After this conversation that his wife had received of Mr Kib- with the prisoner, witness went to blewhite a one-pound note about a Wootton-Bassett to make inquiries week since, which she gave him, the about the pistol, &c. : he saw Blanprisoner, and that was, as he be- chett, who told him that he had nelieved, one of the two notes which
ver bought a pistol of the prisoner, he paid Mr Belcher on the 10th of but he had sold him one. The next May; that he received of Mr Kibble. day, the 12th, on the prisoner's furwhite, in July 1818, after the elec. ther examination, this witness told tion was over at Wootton-Bassett, him what Blanchett had said, and then two one-pound notes, one of which asked him whether he was correct in he also paid Mr Belcher on the 10th saying that he had not had a pistol of May, and the other he believed in his possession for four years. Prihe had paid Mr Woolford for bread; soner answered, “ Yes, I never had, that the two notes he so paid Mr and the pistol I had I sold to BlanBelcher he left at home with his wife chett for four shillings, and a pair of when he went to work on the Chi. shoes.” Prisoner also said to witchester-canal, which was about Mi. ness, that when he was examined he chaelmas last ; that he had not paid would tell all he knew about it, and away any other notes to any person where some things were hid.
He since his return to Wootton-Bassett, said he was near enough to see a man but those above stated ; that when ride away on a black horse immedihe went to Chichester he lodged with ately after the report of the gun. Mrs Cozens atHunston common, near This man he should know again, Chichester ; that he received from but not his name. From what the her daughter Sophia a letter, dated prisoner and Ann Seymour had said the 3d of May 1819; which came to of the description of the murderer, hand on the 5th, and that he answer- witness apprehended Thomas Ockeed it the next day, and had not writ.' well and Henry Packer, of Crickten to her since. This witness then lade, on Thursday morning (the proved that he attended at the exa- 13th,) and took them to the White mination of the prisoner on the 21st Hart Inn at Cricklade, where they of May, at Swindon. Prisoner said, found Henry Ockewell junior, of he met a man riding along the road Cricklade, also in custody under the from the spot where the murder was like suspicion ; and when all the committed, but he turned down a parties were taken before the Magilane, after which he heard a man say, .strates, the prisoner was asked wheHalloo ! and that the man on horse- ther either of those three persons was the man he saw ride away on the near a bridge called Spargesbridge, deceased's horse, and the prisoner at or near the city of Oxford. Wit. immediately pointed out Thomas ness had known the said Thomas Ockewell as being the person, insist- Ockewell for ten years, and is quite ed that it was so, and added, that sure he is the person he so met, and while he was in the field near the that the time he met him was about place of the murder, he happened to eight o'clock in the evening on the hear a report of a pistol or gun, as said 7th of May last. he was but a little way from the spot ; Robert Hunt proved that he saw and that before he heard the report he a pistol in the hands of the prisoner heard a person say, “ Hollo," and two or three days before the murder another, whom he considered to be' was committed: it appeared to be a on horseback, answer," Hollo, won't large horse-pistol, similar to the one you let me pass ?” He then heard now produced. the report of the gun or pistol, and James Smith proved his making a in two or three minutes afterwards worm or screw to the ramrod of the he saw a man ride away, and turn off pistol now produced, for Robert the road at a little distance down a Watkins, on Wednesday the 5th of lane; the man was dressed in a smock May last. frock, and had a short gun or blun- James Lansdown deposed to the derbuss in his hand. In consequence seeing Edward Watkins on Wednesof the suspicion thus excited against day morning, May the 12th, go to the Thomas Ockewell, witness took him to garden of the prisoner's father, about Oxford, where be said he was at the half a mile from Wootton-Bassett, time of the murder, and where, af- and get into a ditch there, where ter inquiries were made, witness he remained 8 or 10 minutes, wheu most satisfactorily ascertained that he got out of the ditch, and walkre Ockewell was there at the time of backwards and forwards ; then go the murder, and the magistrates ac- into the ditch again, and appeared cordingly discharged him. The ma- to do something to the grass, as gistrates at his examination asked though he wished to hide something the prisoner why he had not had the there. Witness informed the Mayor humanity to go back, after he had (Mr Harding) of what he had seen; heard the report of the gun or pistol, whereupon they both went together and endeavour to assist the poor man, to the spot, and there found the pis. who he must suppose was wounded, tol now produced hid behind a bush or perhaps killed, from what he had under growing grass, and which apstaied to have heard pass. He said peared to have been pushed back he was so frightened that he made over the pistol in order to hide it. the best of his way home.
The prisoner being called on for James Kibblewhite, of Drunsdon, his defence, said that he knew noproved that on Friday evening, the thing about it, that he never had 7th of May 1819, he met the person that five pound note in his possession, now present in Court, Thomas Ocke- and that he never wrote those letters. well, on the road towards Oxford, Verdict-Guilty,-Death.
consequence of the inflammation, injury, and disorder occasioned there.
by. CHILD MURDER.
Upon the prisoner being arraign.
ed, she pleaded, specially, her forWestern Circuit.-Exeter, Friday, mer acquittal. The Clerk of Assize August 6.
demurred to the plea. The prisoner
joined in the demurrer. THE KING V. FRANCES CLARK,
Mr Justice Best.-My own opialias PUTTAVIN.
nion is, that the plea is bad; but
as the two Judges at the former This case excited considerable trial thought the evidence adduced interest, from the circumstance of not admissible under that indictthe unfortunate criminal having been ment, I shall follow this course-I twice before indicted and tried for shalloverrule the plea, and pronounce the same offence. On the first in- a judgment of respondant ouster. If dictment she was acquitted, in con- she plead not guilty, she may have a sequence of the name of the child writ of error to the Court of King's she was supposed to have murdered Bench, or otherwise I will submit a being stated to be George Clark, in- case for the opinion of the twelve stead of George Lakeman, by which Judges. name it was proved to have been The prisoner then pleaded Not christened. The second indictment, Guilty. stating the death to have been oc- Mr Selwyn then opened the case casioned by the poison having de- on the part of the prosecution; but scended into the stomach, we have thought it unnecessary to thought not to have been supported report any thing but the evidence by the evidence of the professional which was adduced, and which was men who were examined, and who as follows: stated that no part of the poison had William Veysey was the first witso descended into the stomach, but ness called. He stated, that he was that the inflammation it caused in
a labourer at Buckfastleigh; that the throat had, in fact, occasioned the prisoner lodged at his house in the death of the child by suffocation. the month of October 1817, and The present indictment charged her had lodged there for sixteen weeks with the murder, by compelling the before the 24th of that month; that infant, on the 4th of October 1817, to three weeks before the 24th, the pritake a large quantity of oil of vitriol, soner was brought to bed of a boy, by means whereof he becaine.dis. who the prisoner told him was to be ordered in his mouth and throat, called George Lakeman; but witand, by the choking and suffoca- ness was not present at the christention occasioned thereby, died on ing. Witness has two rooms, one the following day. A second count within the other : prisoner slept in stated him to bave died of a certain the inside one; and there was no acid, called oil of vitriol, administer way to it without passing through ed by the prisoner, and taken into his room, which was the outer one, his mouth and throat, whereby be where he was the whole day of the became incapable of swallowing his 241h, ill and in bed. Witness recolfood; and that his death was the lected the prisoner passing through
his room into her own, about two in brought to bed. Prisoner did not tell the afternoon of the 24th, with her her why she was to have these things, child. She staid a minute or two, only that she should have them. and went down stairs without the Sarah Tapper is the daughter of the child; but returned in a minute or first witness, and lived with him in two at farthest, when he heard her, October 1817. Witness recollects see. a minute or so after her return, cry, ing prisoner at 6 o'clock in the morn“ The child is dying.” The child ing of that day, and again between ten had not before been crying; it cried and eleven : prisoner was by the fire as if strangling. She repeated the suckling her child, and nothing was child was dying. Prisoner went down then the matter with the child. Witagain with her child and returned. ness was going to suckle her own The child was healthy.
child; her child was ill : witness told Cross-examined by Mr Tonkin.- prisoner so : prisoner said, " I do not Witness took no particular notice of think mine is a long-lived child.” the child on that day. Prisoner did Witness asked why she thought so, not appear alarmed when she cried and said, your child is much more out the child was dying; when she likely to live than mine was at three ran down, she did not appear in weeks old. Prisoner said she had a great distress.
nice bosom of milk to go a wet-nurSarah Maddick is in her twelfth sing, if her child should die; but year, and knows the nature of an added, if her child died, she would dry oath. Witness lived with Susannah up her milk and go into the country. Veysey, the wife of the first witness, She said she was going to have her in October 1817. Prisoner lived order next day, but did not think the there at the same time. It was a- child would live long for any order. bout the time of Buckfastleigh fair. Witness went to work, but returned A little before the fair, prisoner de about half past 12. Prisoner was sired her to go to R. Butcher's then sitting in the same place. Witfor a pennyworth of oil of vitriol. ness asked prisoner why she had not R. Butcher is a druggist. Prisoner dressed the child ; to which she an. gave her a penny and a bottle. But- swered the child had been asleep all cher
gave her a pennyworth of oil of the forenoon. Witness saw prisoner vitriol, which she gave to prisoner. about 2 o'clock the same day, she was Butcher told her to tell prisoner not in the kitchen with the child in her to drink it, or it would kill her. arms, in a dreadful way, crying the Witness told that to prisoner, who child was dying. Witness observed said, “ No, no." When witness something on the child's mouth and brought prisoner the oil of vitriol, nose. The child was very bad, the back she was by the fire, down in the kit- part of its mouth and throat being chen. Prisoner told witness not to all purple. Some liquor was running tell Susannah Veysey that she had out of its mouth. It ran upon the been for oil of vitriol. When she whittle and apron, which were stained went to the shop, she told her to say red. Witness asked if the child
had it was for the people of the house, bled. Prisoner said, “ Yes." Then and said she would give witness a she saw her wipe the child's mouth penny at Buckfastleigh fair, and when with her apron, which was burnt by she had a child, and got to her mo- it, and turned the same colour as the ther's, would give her a habit shirt. whittle. The prisoner tried the child This was six weeks before she was to suckle, and witness tried it too, but it would not. The child never vitriol : where you had it I know closed its lips after; it lived twenty- not.” Prisoner did not answer. The two hours. Witness was in prison. child was three weeks old; and up to er's room two days after, on the 26th, that time, it was quite healthy. The with her little sister, who took a spoon child died the next day, about twelve out of her mother's box, where the o'clock. I know about oil of vitriol. prisoner kept her bundle. Witness I never had it in my house. I had took the spoon and wiped it, but the used it when a young woman for the white fur would not come off. It was toothach ; and it burnt all the teeth an iron spoon; the white was in the out of my head. I found a bottle in bowl of the spoon.
the fire the Tuesday after. The Cross-examined.-When prisoner bottle on taking out broke, and the in the afternoon said the child was liquor was spilt on a stick which was dying; she was not crying herself, in the fire: it burned the stick. I but the child was.
found vitriol in the bottle : I kept Susanna Veysey.-I am the wife of the bottle some time, and showed it William Veysey. On Friday the 24th to the constable, who had it a week of October, I went down into the gar- in his possession. It was produced den near the house, and on my return at the former trial, and then broken, I heard a dreadful screeching, the being let fall. screeching of the prisoner. I came Richard Butcher, a druggist at in while she was screeching; she Buckfastleigh, corroborated the eviwas kneeling in a chair, and had the dence of Sarah Maddick, and added, child in her arms. She said the that the oil of vitriol she took
away child was dying, upon which I said, was sufficient to cause death. how can the child be dying, since it Thomas Rowe.--I am a surgeon at was quite well when I parted from Buckfastleigh; I was called to Veyyou. I asked her to give me the sey's house at a quarter after two, to child, but she said she would not see the child. It looked as if it had spare the child to any body. She been strangled; the mouth was burnt ran up stairs with the child; I ran and excoriated, and some white liquid after her: she ran half way up, and ran from the lips. I remained twenty came down again ; I took the child minutes, and attended again at half from her; some liquor was boiling past seven. Next day the child was upon the child's mouth with froth very bad, and convulsed all over. I The back part of the mouth was pur- impute the state of the child to the ple. There was something on the application of some acid. Oil of vi. child's nose, which turned red, then triol would produce the same appearwhite: there was a place on the ance. I ascribe the death to suffocacheek that seemed burnt with the tion from swelling of the throat. I liquor that ran from the mouth. I have been twenty-six years a surasked what she had done it for ; and geon. she said it was her mother's fault. I Cross-examined.-A
could sent for the doctor. Prisoner staid not know oil of vitriol from any oin the house. The child's whittle ther corrosive acid by the taste. I seemed bloody; I put my finger to it, myself could not; a chemist perhaps and put my finger to my tongue; it might. If oil of vitriol were apburned my tongue. I said, "What plied to a person's mouth, I think have you done to your child ? You suffocation is not the only mode by know that you have given it oil of which it would operate. It would