Eleanor Benson, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 5th June 1728.

Reference Number: t17280605-14
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Eleanor Benson , alias Cater , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting Margaret Sutton on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pocket, value one. Penny, 3 Keys, value 3 d. a Thimble, value a Half-penny, and 3 Shillings in Money .

Margaret Sutton depos'd, That as she was coming by the 7 Dials on the 9th of February last, about 7 or 8 o'Clock at Night, the Prisoner came up to her and knock'd her down, and then snatch'd, or cut off her Pocket, in which was the Money mentioned in the Indictment; that she knew the Prisoner very well, and was confident it was the same Person who robb'd her; and that after she had got her Pocket she cut the Strings of her Hood, and would have taken that too, but this Deponent recovering herself, struggled for it and overcame her; the Prisoner desired the Prosecutor might be asked, Whether she did not owe Money to her Husband, (who was convicted last Sessions for Street-Robbery, and executed) and whether she, the Prisoner, did any other than demand that Money of her as a Debt; to which the Prosecutor answered, She was so far from owing Money to her Husband, that she did not know him, but that she knew her, the Prisoner, to be a Thief, and that her Money was not demanded as a Debt, but her Pocket, Money and Keys, was taken away by Violence. The Prisoner desired she might be asked another Question, but not having the Discretion to stay till it was asked by the Court, she said to the Prosecutor, Was not I at your House this Day Month to ask you for Money which you owed me? To which the Prosecutor answered, No, it will be a Month Tomorrow since you was at my House, by the same Token that you stole away three Silk Handkerchiefs, and did not pretend I owed you Money, but run away last I should catch you; the Prosecutor further said, That when the caused the Prisoner to be apprehended, she said, she wish'd she had a Knife, she would stop her from being an Evidence against any Body else for the future. The Fact appearing plain the Jury found her Guilty . Death .


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