William Witherington, Theft > pocketpicking, 26th February 1724.

Reference Number: t17240226-3
Offence: Theft > pocketpicking
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Witherington , of St. Martin's Vintrey , was indicted for privately and feloniously stealing 38 Guineas, and other Money, from the Person of Ann Anns , the 18th of February last. Ann Anns depos'd, That going along Thames Street , at the Time mention'd in the Indictment, between seven and eight a Clock at Night, the Prisoner came behind her and pull'd off her Pocket, and ran up College-Hill, she crying out, and her Son that was with her pursuing him, he was apprehended by the following Evidences. William Bond depos'd, He hearing a Cry of stop Thief, pursued the Prisoner, struck up his Heels, and he fell of his Side, and the Prosecutors Pocket was found under him. George Wats depos'd, that he coming up when the other Evidence had stopp'd him, he suspected he would put what he might have stolen down the Cellar Window, against which he seem'd to endeavour to fall, he put his Hand under him, and found the Pocket. The Money was all in it. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and said he knew nothing of the Matter, but believed the two Evidences that apprehended him did the Robbery. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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