14th century murder

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Violent attack

Thomas Trym states that he and John Logge were sitting peacefully at their wine in the Isle of Jersey when Geoffrey de Seint Martyn, Clement Hardy, Geoffrey Hugon and Philip le Feuer made a violent attack on John, killed him, and gravely wounded Thomas who was attempting to defend him, leaving him for dead. And afterwards they indicted Thomas for John's death, so that he was in prison for 22 weeks until he was found not guilty by a good inquest.

He requests a writ that he might be able to sue, both for John's death and for his own damages, before the Keeper of Jersey or his lieutenant and not before the Bailiffs and Jurats, notwithstanding the liberty granted to the Bailiffs and Jurats, as Geoffrey is a judge and jurat as well as a party, and so closely allied to the other Jurats and Bailiffs that Thomas could never have justice before them.

Nature of endorsement: The Keeper of the Isles is to be ordered that if he finds, through information, that the matters contained in this petition are true, he is to call the parties before him and to do good and swift justice in full.

Dated 10 February I Richard II (1378), stating that it was presented to parliament at Westminster, which dates it to the parliament of October-November 1377.

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