Frances Blacket, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 31st August 1726.

Reference Number: t17260831-3
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Frances alias Mary Blacket , was indicted for Assaulting William Whittle on the Highway, and taking from him a Watch, value 4 l. and 6 d. in Money , August 6 .

William Whittle thus depos'd. Between 12 and 1 at Night, the Moon shining very clearly, as I was going through Black-Horse-Yard, near White Chappel-Bars , the Prisoner and 2 Men seiz'd me, and Swore if I did not deliver I was a dead Man; The Prisoner said, she would see what I had got, and thrust her Hand into my Breeches, took out my Watch and 6 d. and went away. The Men Swore they'd kill me, if I did not stay there till they were all gone.

Charles Miller thus depos'd. About 7 the same Morning, the Prisoner offer'd to leave the Watch with me in pawn. I had some knowledge of her, (for she had pawn'd Goods to me before,) and thinking that she did not come honestly by it, I refus'd to take it in. The Prosecutor came about 2 hours after, and describ'd her to me. I told him he might probably find her, at the Half Moon Ale House in Petticoat Lane, which he did.

Joseph Fox thus depos'd. When she was in New-Prison, she confest that the Watch was in the Hands of Thomas Owen , in Walnut-Tree-Yard in Bishops-gate-Street, and I found it there accordingly. Guilty Death .


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