William Septon, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 1st May 1728.
William Septon , of Islington , was indicted for assaulting Henry Bunn on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch value 3l. 2 Pieces of Foreign Gold, value 11 s. and 8 s. in Silver , on the 27th of April last.
Mr. Bunn depos'd, That about 9 o'Clock on Saturday last at Night, near Cambray House , he was set upon by the Prisoner and two other Persons, who took from him his Watch and Money, that he was certain the Prisoner was one of them, for it was not so dark but he had a plain View of him.
Francis Cockin depos'd, That the Prisoner's Sister had lodg'd at his House for some Time, and that the Prisoner coming to see her on the first of May, he pull'd out a Watch, and ask'd this Deponent to lend him two Guineas on it, which he did, that after this, he the Prisoner quarrell'd with his Sister; insomuch that she came down
Stairs and told this Deponent, That she did believe her Brother was upon some desperate Design, for he had pulled out a loaded Pistol, and said, he would shoot the first Man who came to apprehend him; she therefore begg'd of this Deponent to get Constable and secure him, for she feared he would either shoot her or himself, and he taking her Advice they secured him; and he then believing that the Watch was not honestly come by, look'd for the Maker's Name on the Dial-Plate, and found out the Maker, who found out the Prosecutor; who depos'd, That the Watch was his, and the same Watch was taken from him as aforesaid. The Constable depos'd, That Mr. Cockin and the Prisoner's Sister coming to him, and saying they believ'd he was either a Highway-man, or a Street-Robber, he went and secured him; at which Time he had a Pistol in his Hand, that they carried him to the Round House, and there he was search'd, that they found in his Pockets a Thimble and a Snuff-Box, which he said he took from a Milk-woman; and a Gold Ring, which he said he took from a Gentleman on Black-Heath: At the same Time he confess'd his robbing the Prosecutor, and having nothing to say in his Defence, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .