Thomas Butler, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th January 1721.

Reference Number: t17210113-20
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Thomas Butler of St. Andrew in Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Gold Watch, a Silk Night-Gown, and 6 Holland Shirts, in all to the value of 26 l. the Goods of Sir Justinian Isham , Bart. a Silver Watch. a Sword and 8 Guineas, the Goods and Money of John Whitacre ; and 14 l. 8s. 6d. the Money of Edward Freeman , on the 12th of January, 1719 . John Whitacre deposed, that as he was travelling with Sir Justinian Isham, they were Assaulted by 3 Men near Dunstable in Hertfordshire , that one of them took Sir Justinian out of his Chariot, and another (he believed the Prisoner) took him out; that he gave him what Money he had, but the Prisoner askt for his Watch, which he had hid under the Seat in the Chariot, and which the Prisoner afterwards found; that they took Sir Justinian's Pocket-Book and Key; took the Trunk and were going to break it open, but that he (this Evidence) gave them the Key; that they took out of the Trunk a Gold Watch, a Night-Gown, 6 Shirts, a Silver Hilted Sword and 14 l. in Money. That the Prisoner owned when taken that he had Sir Justinian's Gold Watch and Night-Gown, and this Evidence's Watch and a Ring for his Share; and that he wore the Night-Gown, which was found in his Lodging and produced in Court, and swore to be the same that was taken out of the Trunk aforesaid. The Woman of the House where he lodged, near Red-Lion-Square in Middlesex; deposed that he went by the Name of Esq; Becket; wore Black Velver, Lace Ruffles, and every thing else answerable. John Osgood deposed, that about Half a Year after the Robbery, he received a Letter from the Prosecutor to enquire after the Prisoner; who owned, that himself, one Smith, who was executed at Maidstone, and Jack - in Ireland, who went for his Footman, committed the Fact, and owned to him (this Evidence) all the Particulars, saying it signified nothing, to conceal any any thing, for he was to be an Evidence. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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