Benjamin Beckenfield, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 5th December 1750.

Reference Number: t17501205-11
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

13. (L.) Benjamin Beckenfield , otherwise, Ben the Coal-heaver , was indicted for robbing Henry Dickenson on the king's highway, of a hat value 5 s. in company with two other persons unknown .

Henry Dickenson , I live in Maiden-lane, Wood-street; about 11 o'clock in the evening, on the 4th of Nov. coming from St. Martins le Grand coffee house to Gutter-lane, when I came by the dead wall near Goldsmith's hall , three fellows met me; one of them took hold of my collar, d - d me, pin'd me up against the wall, and bid me stand and deliver ; the prisoner was one of the three; it was moon-light, and I could see his face very plain; the first hit me three or four blows over the head; the prisoner and another man stood on each side me, and held my arms; I call'd out watch and thieves. The prisoner told me, if I did not hold my tongue, they would murder me; I still kept calling out to the watch; they all three left me, and one of them took my hat; I am not certain which took it. I pursu'd them all three, two of them went down an alley into Wood-street, the prisoner went streight up the lane, and I follow'd him, calling out, stop thief, and the watchman stop'd him within 50 or 60 yards of me: I am sure the prisoner is one of the three men.

Moses Bennet . I am a watchman; the prisoner was running full speed when I stop'd him, at the time the prosecutor mentions. The prisoner made no defence.

Guilty Death . See 430, 517, 535, in the last mayoralty.

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