William Williams, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 8th March 1704.

Reference Number: t17040308-11
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty

William Williams , of the Parish of Stepny , was indicted for Robbing one Hugh Hartshorne , senior, on the High-way, on the 3d of December last, and taking from him a Cloth-Coat, and 3 l. in Money . The Prosecutor deposed, That he and his Son was coming from Stepny to London, about 7 a Clock he met the Prisoner, and one Stanley who was executed last Sessions, and they past them, and bid them Good night, but they returned back and seized him, and each of them drew their Swords, and held it to his Breast, and one of them prickt him in the Breast and took his Money, and told him that they wanted his Watch; that they carried him cross the Fields and bound him, and left him in a Ditch. He was positive that the Prisoner was the Man, for he called to Stanley for the Tye-Strings: The Boy deposed, that the Prisoner was one of them, for whilst they were busie in binding his Father, he ran away from them, but that the Prisoner run after him, and brought him back again. The Prisoner had very little to say in his own Defence, and had no Witnesses to call to his Reputation; the Jury thereupon found him Guilty of the said Robbery.


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