William Fletcher, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 12th October 1720.

Reference Number: t17201012-4
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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William Fletcher , alias Fellowes , of St. Brides , was indicted for Assaulting Richard Schingle on the High Way, putting him in Fear. and taking from him a Hat value 5 s. and a Perriwig value 5 l. on the 12th of September last. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going along Fleetstreet , the Prisoner set his Foot before him and threw him down, took his Hat and Wig and run cross the way with them; that he jostled him several times before, and though he was much hurt and bruised by the Fall yet he got up and ran after him. John Griffin deposed, that as he was lighting a Gentleman and two Gentlewomen along he heard the cry of stop Thief, and the Prisoner running between them he laid hold of him, who dropt the Hat and Wig at his Feet. Another deposed, that he saw the Prisoner jostle the Prosecutor. Three others deposed, that they saw the Prisoner with the Hat and Wig in his Hand, and that when he was seized he dropt them. The Hat and Wig were also produced in Court and swore to by the Prosecutor. The Prisoner in his Defence said that the Prosecutor was drunk, and fell down, and that he went to help him up; but called none to prove it, nor any to his Reputation. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

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