William Miller, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th December 1726.

Reference Number: t17261207-8
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Miller was indicted for assaulting Nicholas Bourn on the Highway, and taking from him a Coat and Hat , Decem 4 .

Nicholas Bourn thus depos'd. Last Sunday Morning about 4 a Clock, as I was going over the Fields behind Montague House , the Prisoner came up and fell into Discourse with me; he talked very Friendly, and asked me to go and take a Dram, but as we were walking along he push'd me down, drew his Bayonet upon me, and demanded my Money. I told him I had nothing but a few Half-pence, which he took out of my Pocket and threw them away; then he tore my Breeches and took my Coat and Hat from me, which was all the Hats and Coats that I had in the World, and when he had done it he run away, but was stopt by the Watch.

Thomas Hill the Watchman thus depos'd. I saw the Prisoner drag the Prosecutor along, draw his Bayonet upon him, and heard him demand his Money; upon which I called my Partner, but before he came the Prisoner had got away the Man's Coat and was running off: I struck at him with my Staff, he was a Stout Fellow, and I gave him several Knocks before I could fetch him down. His Evidence was corroborated by Thomas Stevens , the other Watchman. Guilty . Death .


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