John Binlose, Theft > burglary, 15th January 1691.

Reference Number: t16910115-1
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Binlose , of the Parish of S. Dunstans in the West , was tryed for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of Richard Longford Gent , on the 15th of December last, with an Intention not only to rob him, but take away his Life , as was evidenced thus Mr. Longford being his Master, he sent him out to receive a certain Sum of Mony, namely 5 l. which was sent his Master by the Prisoners Father, the Prisoner being wont to do it, being his eldest Clark , but happening to imbezle it, he was in a great strait how to answer the same to his said Masters for the encompassing of which he first endeavoured to rob his Study; but failing in that, he attempted to murther him, by getting into his Master's Chamber, about one a Clock in the Night, and first feeling with his Hand whether he was asleep, after a Time, having a Penknife in his Hand, he struck it into Mr. Longford's Neck, about an Inch deep; after which Mr. Longford got up and struggled with him; the Prisoner getting his Sword made several Passes at his Master: After this he prick'd him in the Breast and cut his Hands, and gave him a Wound on his left-side: but at last Mr. Longford crying out Theeves, the prisoner surrendred himself to him, falling on his Knees and telling him that he was his Man Binlose, and being carried before the Lord Chief Justice, he ingeniously confessed the whole fact; as he did also upon his Tryal, having great Remorse of Conscience for his so notorious a Crime, being (as he himself said) under strong Temptations by the Common Enemy of Mankind, and that he must be stupendiously presumptous that would go about to abuse so good a Master, and could not be without Remorse, for he was grievously ashamed to express his Confession of so horrid a Crime, seeming very Pensive, &c. At last he was found Guilty both of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]


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