Thomas Odel, John Pryor, Robert Buridge, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 17th October 1750.

Reference Number: t17501017-32
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

650, 651, 652. Thomas Odel , John Pryor and Robert Buridge , were indicted for robbing James Booker , on the king's high-way, of one purse, one penknife, and 3 s. 6 d. in money , Sept. 9 .

***At this sessions there were about 60 prisoners tried, some of which trials being pretty long and remarkable, we thought it would be more agreeable to our readers (who we shall at all times be desirous of obliging) to have as full an account as possible, so shall print the whole in two four-penny books.

N. B. The second part will be published on Friday next the 2d of November.

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 17th October 1750.

Reference Number: t17501017-32

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Gaol Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX,

HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY,

On Wednesday the 17th, Thursday the 18th, and Friday the 19th, of October.

In the 24th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

PART II. of NUMBER VIII. for the Year 1749.

BEING THE Fourth SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the

Right Honble John Blachford , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1750.

[Price Four-pence.]

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of London, &c.

James Booker .

ON the 9th of September I was going up Saffron Hill , where I live, betwixt one and two o'clock in the morning; I met with the evidence I have here, and there other persons, I know two of them perfectly well; that is Pryer, and Odel; the other I cannot swear to. They took hold of my coat, and I said, holloo; one of them said, it is your money we want; another clapt a pistol to the side of my head; and two of them held sticks to me; to the best of my knowledge, it was Odel demanded my money, and Pryor had the pistol; I told them I had but a trifle about me; that was about 3 s. and 7 d. halfpenny; they took 3 s. 6 d. a penknife, and my wig; the evidence has that on now. They swore they would blow my brains out if I murmured; I took three shillings out of my pocket, and believe it was Odel that took it out of my hand; then I pulled out my halfpence and a penknife, they took that; then the evidence ( Emanuel Clerk ) looked me in the face and swore he would have my wig, and went behind me and took it off. I had a handkerchief about my neck, one of them swore he would have that; I said it was worth very little; then Odel said, come along; Pryor staid with me with the pistol to my head, till I saw them near 20 yards off, and swore he would blow my brains out if I offered to follow them, or make a noise; then he left me, and I went home.

Q. What it light?

Booker. The moon shone as bright as ever I saw it with my eyes. I cannot be positive to Buridge.

Emanuel Clark . On the 9th of September last, between one and two o'clock in the morning, the prosecutor was coming up Saffron-hill, Pryor clapped a pistol to his head ; they demanded his money; the prosecutor took his money out, and Odel took it of him. Buridge catched hold of his collar and d - d him, and said he would have his handkerchief; the gentleman said it was not worth taking, so he let it alone. I stood on one side and took his wig and gave him mine; I saw no copper, only three shillings.

Pryer's Defence.

I never saw that evidence before with my eyes.

[Odel and Buridge said the same.]

Q. to Clark. How long have you been acquainted with the prisoners ?

Clark. Not above four or five days before this; I knew Pryor before, he lived just facing my habitation about a year and half; I had known Odel above a week, I came acquainted with him the 3d of September. Buridge took me to a disorderly house in Chick-lane, where Odel was; we being then locked out determined to go together for Buridge.

Margaret Price . I have known Buridge from his birth to be an honest child, he is a watchmaker.

Thomas Walton . I have known him about four or five years, I served the latter part of my time to his master, and was fellow servant with him; I never heard any ill of him.

Richard Davis . I never knew any ill of him, and have known him from a child.

Matthew Seagrave . Buridge is my apprentice, I have had five, but he is the most industrious one I ever had; as to this unhappy affair I cannot say any thing to it; he is a very good workman, and will get me a guinea a week.

Q. Was he at home that night the robbery was committed?

Seagrave. No, he was not that night.

Buridge. I lay at my mother's that night.

His mother-in-law was called, who deposed she went to bed that night about 11 o'clock, and the next morning about seven she found him in bed at her house, that he could not came in after she was in bed, but she did not know when he came in.

Thomas Wood . I have known Buridge about nine or ten years, I never knew any harm by him.

All three guilty Death .

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 17th October 1750.

Reference Number: t17501017-32

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Gaol Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX,

HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY,

On Wednesday the 17th, Thursday the 18th, and Friday the 19th, of October.

In the 24th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

PART II. of NUMBER VIII. for the Year 1749.

BEING THE Fourth SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the

Right Honble John Blachford , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1750.

[Price Four-pence.]

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of London, &c.


View as XML