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be the deceased, apparently dead. and two nail-heads.

and two nail-heads. It appeared, She rode back to Stoke, where she from the nature of the wound, that met with the next witness, and told the deceased must have been on him the circumstance.

horseback, and in a leaning position William Bath, solicitor, lives at at the time it was made, as the ball, Purton. He saw last witness on the &c. went obliquely downwards, and evening of the 7th of May last, near- passed out below the blade-bone on ly half past ten o'clock, and went ihe right shoulder. with her and a person named Corn- John Habgood had married a daughwall Packer, to the spot spoken to ter of the deceased; managed his busiby the last witness, to a place called ness for him; and received and paid Moor-stone, half a mile from Stock- money for him. The deceased went lane. He saw the body lying across away from home between one and two the road ; it was warm ; it was lying o'clock, on the 7th of May; he rode on the back, with the legs and arms a black horse, and had a great coat extended. He sent immediately for on; and was going to Wootton-BasMr Wells, of Cricklade, surgeon. The sett, eight miles from Cricklade. The deceased's pockets being searched road branches off at Purton, at the by witness's direction, and in his turnpike. On the evening of Mon. presence, it was discovered that his day, the 3d of May, he paid the dewatch was gone, and nothing left in ceased with other money, the two his pockets except a few halfpence, one-pound notes, and the five pound

William Wells, surgeon, Crick- Bank of England note now produced. Jade, about eleven o'clock at night, He put the name of J. Williams, the on the 7th day of May last, attended person he received it from, on the at the place where the deceased was five pound note. He also marked found." The body, by his order, was the other two one pound notes proremoved to the Bell public-house at duced, and knows them again. Stoke. Upon examining the body, Henry Cox, of Wootton-Bassett, it appeared to him that the deceased mason, about eight o'clock in the had come to his death by a shot evening of the 7th of May, went into which had entered at the top of his the White Hart Inn, at Cricklade. chest. On the next day, on his fur- Within a few minutes afterwards the ther examining the body, he found prisoner, Robert Watkins, came in. one very large wound and two small Witness asked him whether he was ones on the chest, and on opening

going home.

He said, “ No, he was the body the first thing that present- not ” that he should not sleep at ed itself was a shirt-breast-buckle, the White Hart, but go further up which was forced with part of the in the town, which was towards Purbone into the chest, and had ruptur- ton. After this, witness and the pried the large ascending artery, which soner drank a little beer together : of itself was sufficient to cause im. the prisoner left the White Hart. mediate death. On proceeding fur. This was between eight and nine ther in examining the body, three o'clock, and the witness saw no more horse-nail heads, now produced, were of him. The prisoner had a great found in different parts, viz. one in coat rolled up in a bundle, which he the spine, another near one of the kept constantly on his knees. ribs on the right side, and one on Thomas Eagles, servant of Messrs the top of the lungs. The spine J. and W. Poulton.—On the 7th of appeared to be perforated by a ball May last he was employed with William Hicks to drive some sheep of prosecution, lives at Cricklade. The their master's to Cricklade. When prisoner was taken into custody on he was passing the village of Stoke, ihe 12th of May. Witness saw him he saw a man on the road, about six at the White Hart, Cricklade, Vicor eight yards fronı him, and coming kery was present at the first examinain a line to meet him. The man turn- tion, and at several others : no ined aside, as though he was going to ducement or threat was offered : the the village ; but as soon as this wit. prisoner spoke freely : witness took ness had passed the road to the vile minutes of what he said, but never lage, the man again returned into the told the prisoner he was taking notes. road. It seemed as though he did this The prisoner voluntarily gave the acto avoid meeting the witness. The count, but was not pressed. Vickery man appeared to have something put questions to him, and witness concealed under the great coat on took down the minutes, which were his right shoulder. Witness could read over to the prisoner, who said not see the man's face, because his they were all true. (Prisoner's coun. hat was pulled down, and the collar sel objected to the notes being read, of his great coat buttoned up. on the ground of the danger of the

William Hicks corroborated the precedent, which was given up.) Pritestimony of the last witness.

soner said he was at the White Hart at Ann Seymour, of Purton-stoke, Cricklade about eight o'clock in the lived with her father, close to the evening of the 7th of May: he meant high road, very near the spot where to have gone to his uncle's, but althe murder was committed. On tered his mind, and went towards Friday evening, the 7th of May, be- home about twenty minutes after tween nine and ten o'clock, as she eight, with a great coat under his was standing at the door of her fa

arm.

He saw the place where the ther's house, she heard the report of murder was committed ; and he went a gun or pistol, and within a few mi. across the field which cuts off an nutes afterwards she saw a man ride angle towards Purton. He went by her father's house, and turn down straight home, but met a man and a lane, called Bentham-lane: he had horse at the blacksmith's shop at on a light coloured dress, and the Purton, with a great coat strapped on horse was dark coloured.

behind him ; he met no one else that William Simpkins, of Bentham, he knew. From thence he went tofound a loose horse in Bentham-lane wards Wootton-Bassett, where he arin the morning after the murder, rived at ten o'clock, or a little after, which he afterwards understogd be. as he heard the church clock strike longed to the deceased.

ten before he got to his house. He Sophia Cozens lives at Hunston, did not hear a report of any gun or two miles from Cricklade, and knew pistol in his way home from CrickWatkins. She received three let- lade on the night of the murder. He ters from Robert Watkins on the met two men coming down Purton12th of May, and wrote an answer; hill, towards Cricklade, near Mr a five pound note had been sent her Perry's school, above 150 yards beinclosed in one of the letters of Wat- hind the man he had met on horsekins.

back with a great coat behind him. John Huse proved the handwri. He said, he had brought from Chiting of the prisoner.

ster (where he had been at work Nathaniel Wells, solicitor for the on a canal two or three weeks before) 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 Chishoes.” 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 Ocke. ed it the next day, and had not write well and Henry Packer, of Crickten to her since. This witness then Jade, 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 whe. Halloo ! 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 he 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, when most satisfactorily ascertained that he got out of the ditch, and walked Ockewell was there at the time of backwards and forwards; then got 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 piswho he must suppose was wounded, tol now produced hid behind a bush or perhaps killed, from what he had under growing grass, and which apstated 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 PUTTAYIN.

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 shall overrule 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, was 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 follow's :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 became 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 have 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 he where he was the whole day of the became incapable of swallowing bis 241h, ill and in bed. Witness recolfood; and that his death was the lected the prisoner passing through

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