Samuel Freeman, Gregory King, Theft > burglary, 6th June 1717.

Reference Number: t17170606-1
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Samuel Freeman , alias John Dean, alias Skull Dean, alias Ralph Barwood and Gregory King , of London, were indicted for breaking the Dwelling-house of William Chapman , the 5th of May last, about the hour of 10 and 11 at Night, and stealing a Cabinet with a Silver Lock.&c. value 7 l. the Goods of John Overman . The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, That her Mistress hearing a noise, sent her up stairs, and that she going, met the Prisoners at the stairs-head, and one of them smiling upon her, she, thinking she had known him, return'd him a smile, but soon perceiving her mistake, ran down, giving her Master and Mistress notice that there were Rogues in the house. The or deposed , That he, his Wife, and William Kenny (one of his Workmen) sitting by the fire, and hearing the out-cry , ran immediately to the stairs, and meeting the Prisoners in the passage , attempted to seize them, but king swore G - d d - n him, if be offer'd to touch him, he would beat his Brains out, and struck him with an Iron Crow, wounding him and knocking him down; but he getting up , followed him and held him. William Kenny deposed, That he seizing Freeman, he swore he would shoot him thro' the head; upon which they struggled together and fell down, and rising again, he snapp'd a Pistol at him, which flash'd in the pan, but did not go off, and afterwards threw it away, whereupon he knocked him down twice, and then seized him. There were a great many Picklock-keys, a Betty an Iron Crow, and a Pistol loaded with two Bullets produced in Court, found upon the Prisoners. The Fact was plainly proved, and they having so behaved themselves that no body appeared to their reputation, the Jury found them both Guilty of the indictment.

[Death. See summary.]


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