William Jones, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 27th April 1720.

Reference Number: t17200427-33
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Jones , alias Charles Cammel , of St. Mary White-Chapel was indicted for Assaulting Hester Pepper on the High-Way, putting her in fear, and taking from her a Pocket, 2 Snuff-Boxes, 3 Handkerchiefs, 2 Pen Knives and 1 s. 6 d. in Money, the Goods and Money of the said Hester Pepper , on the 21st of April last. The Prosecutor deposed that going along Red-Lyon-Street in Goodmans Fields , the Prisoner threw her down, tore off her Pocket and ran away; that she followed him and saw him give it to two others that were with him; that she took hold of him, saying he was the Man that had robb'd her; that he denied it and ran away, but she followed him cross the Way and got hold of him again by his Sleeve; that he got away a second time, but left the Cuff of his Sleeve with her, which was torn off in the Scuffle; that upon her crying out, he was taken and carry'd before a Justice, where the Cuff was produc'd and agreed with his Coat. Another deposed that he hearing the cry of Stop Thief, saw the Prisoner come running with others behind him, took him, found the Prosecutor with the Cuff of his Sleeve, and that he offer'd to make Satisfaction. Mr. Scales deposed that as he carried him to Newgate, when he came pretty near, several in the Street call'd to him saying, Ha! Charles, what are you going again? and that he advised him to tell of the other two, and save himself; to which he replied, would you have me to hang others for what I did? The Prisoner on his Tryal owned the Prosecutor tore his Sleeve off; and pleaded that he ran to catch the Persons who had robb'd her. The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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