William Anderson, Violent Theft > robbery, 4th December 1724.

Reference Number: t17241204-34
Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Anderson , of Aldgate , was indicted for assaulting Hannah Rickaby , putting her in fear, and taking from her a Pocket value 9 d. a Handkerchief value 2 s. and 26 s. in Money , on the 27th of Oct . last. Hannah Rickaby depos'd, that going by Alderman Parsons's Brewhouse in Wapping , a Man shoved her from the Wall, snatch'd off her Pocket, and run up Barr-Street; but she pursued him as fast as she could, and cry'd, Stop Thief. In a few Minutes the Prisoner was brought back to her by William Cuthbert . She believ'd it was the same Man that robb'd her, but could not be positive, and the Pocket was not found upon him. Eliz Thomson depos'd, that she was walking with the Prosecutor, and had hold of her Arm, when she was robb'd: That as the Prisoner was taking the Wall of them, she turn'd about, and look'd at him, the Lamp then shining full in his Face, and therefore she was positive that the Prisoner was the very Man that snatch'd the Prosecutor's Pocket. William Cuthbert depos'd, that hearing a Woman cry stop Thief, and perceiving the Prisoner running apace, he stood to receive him, and threw up his Heels. The Prisoner beg'd to be let go, for he was pursued by Bailiffs. But he (this Evidence) told him, he should go back to the Woman first. The Watch quickly came to their Assistance, and secur'd him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that as he was going to Execution-Dock, a Man clapt him on the Shoulder, and he being under fear of an Arrest, thought it had been a Bailiff, and so took to his Heels, which was the only Reason of his running up Burr Street. Guilty . Death .

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