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THE ALLEGED CASE OF MURDER, AT BLACKHEATH. On Tuesday, at the Greenwich Police-court, Joseph Richards, aged 22, carpenter and j oiner, of 1, Albert- place, Tottenham-road, Kingsland, was charged before Mr. Maude with causing the death of William John James Buchan, aged 23, engineer, by assaulting him and fracturing his jaw. Mr. Warner Sleigh appeared to prosecute on behalf of the friends of the deceased, and Mr. Brookes, solicitor, appeared for the prisoner. Charles Worth, butcher, of Deptford, said Between six and seven on the evening of Whit-Tuesday, the deceased passed me near the railway arches. He was tipsy and singing. A short time afterwards I saw some boys wrangling with deceased. I went towards them and there saw the prisoner. The pri- soner said to deceased, "If you hit the boys I will hit you." The prisoner called the deceased an offen- sive name, and the deceased retorted, and took off his hat and asked me to hold it for him. I did not take the hat, and he put it on his head. Then he got; exas- perated and knocked a cigar out of the prisoner's mouth. The prisoner then struck deceased four blows in the face, and deceased struck him. In turning round prisoner struck deceased on tbe head, causing him to reel and fall; and while falling, the prisoner struck him right and left with his fists under the jaw. I put my hand on the prisoner, and said it was not fair. The deceased was then lying on his side, with blood oozing from his mouth, and quite insensible. I afterwards lifted deceased, and placed his head between my kneee, and bathed him with water and vinegar. An inspector of police and a constable came up in about half an hour, and they took deceased to the top of the arches and laid him down, and then took him to the station. After the occurrence the prisoner remained a quarter of an hour and then went away, saying he couid not stop any longer. I told the police that the deceased had been knocked aboafc. By Mr. Brookes: There were four boys there. I did not see either of them throw stones. The deceased struck the prisoner about four times, but not enough to knock a fly off, as ha was too drunk. The pri- soner was not knocked down by any blow from the deceased. Mr. Brookes said no one regretted the occurrence more than the prisoner, who had been led to the use of violence through the deceased having knocked his cigar out of his mouth, and asked that he might be admitted to bail. Mr. Maude said the prisoner would be committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter, with bail in two sureties of .£100 each, with 48 hours' notice to be given of such proposed bail. The prisoner, who had been apprehended at the Green Dragon Tavern, Half Moon-street, City, waa then removed in custody. ♦—

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