Samuel Hull, Edward Harney, William Sperry, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th May 1725.

Reference Number: t17250513-5
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death

Samuel Hull , Edward Harney , and William Sperry , of S. Leonard Bromley , were a 2d time indicted for assaulting Tho. Golding on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Coat val. 4. s a Pair of Breeches, Stockings, Shoos and Buckles, a Hat, a Rure, a Pruning-Knife, and a Penknife , on the 20th of April last. Golding thus depos'd: Between 9 and 10 at Night, a little beyond the Watch-House in Bow Road , I pass'd by a Man which I believe to be Ned Harney : He turn'd back: I asked him why he did so? He swore at me, and bid me stand Some Words pass'd betwixt us, when two more (which I am pretty positive were Sperry and Hull ) started up with a G - D - ye, What do you strike the Man for? They drag'd me into a Field, stript me naked, and then give me an old Wastcoat to put on. I beg'd hard for my Pocket Book. Tell me where you live, says Hull, and I'll send: you to-morrow, if I find nothing in it that will be of use to me. I told him I lived next to the Five Bells in Bromley. He was not so good as his Word: But however, my Name being in it, and it being found in Wood-street by a Men who was acquainted with a Neighbour of mine, I got it again. The Prisoners being sent to New-Prison on another Occasion, I went thither, and found my Breeches upon Sperry. I knew them again by the new Strings, a Darn upon the Knee, and 1 Patch betwixt the Legs. The Pruning Knife I found at Sperry's Lodging. My Penknife he delivered to Sir Isaac Titland ,

and at the same time said, This Knife I took from Golding in these Breeches. Hull and Harney were acquitted ; but Sperry found guilty . Death .


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