William Hancock, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 3rd April 1695.

Reference Number: t16950403-27
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Hancock of St. Pancras was Indicted, for that he on the first day of September last, did make an Assault upon one John Wheeler in the Kings High-way, and took from him a pair of Shoe-Buckles value 4 l. and 25 s. in Money ; Wheeler swore that he was Robbed coming from Hampsted; and did believe, that he was one of the Men that met him and Robbed him, there being four of them: Another person who was in the Robbery with him, declared that the Prisoner was the Man that took the Buckles out of Wheelers Shoes, and that he had Committed divers Robberies with him besides and was at Cards with him when he was Apprehended. This was Corroborated by another that was in the same Robbery, and that the Prisoner asked him to let him go abroad with them (as a Robber); the Prisoner had several persons who gave a good Account of his former Behaviour, yet he was found Guilty of the Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]


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