William Holland, Peter Norman, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1730.

Reference Number: t17301204-77
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Holland and Peter Norman , of St. George in the East , were indicted for assaulting Samuel Addison on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Handkerchief, value 1 s. and 10 d. in Money , the 17th of October last.

The Prosecutor depos'd, That as he was going along the Fields between White-Chappel and Ratcliff Highway , in the Field beyond the Night-Field, three Men came up to him, and the first presented a Pistol to his right Breast, and the second a Bayonet ; that they turn'd his Apron aside, took his Money out of his Pocket, which was about sixteen Pence, or sixteen Pence Farthing, but did not offer him any personal Abuse, and at going away, pull'd his Handkerchief from off his Neck; but he could not swear positively to the Prisoners, but did believe Holland to be the Man that presented the Pistol.

James Asey depos'd, That on the 17th of October, himself and the two Prisoners were going over Stepney Fields , and meeting the Prosecutor, Holland went up to him with a Pistol, and himself with a Bayonet, and that Norman put his Hand in his Pocket and took out ten Pence Farthing, and out of the other Pocket six Pence, and took off his Hat, but it not being a good one, they did not take it, and also took his Handkerchief, that he had eight Pence of the Money, and Holland eight Pence, and Norman the Handkerchief, and the odd Farthing they threw away.

Norman call'd some Evidences to his Character, and to prove, that he was Sick at the time when the Robbery was committed; but they not making it out to the Satisfaction of the Jury, they found them both guilty of the Indictment. Death .


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