William Girdler, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 19th February 1752.

Reference Number: t17520219-36
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

170. (M.) William Girdler , was indicted for that he on the King's highway on William Roberts did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, 15 s. from his person, and against his will did steal, &c . Jan. 17 . +

William Roberts. On the 17th of January coming from Westminster to Kensington, where my master lodges, about seven in the evening, in the foot-path betwixt Hide-Park-corner and Knightsbridge , the prisoner stood under the wall, he came out upon me with a brace of pistols, and said deliver your money or I'll blow your brains out; I told him I was but a poor servant, and had none, he said little or much I'll have it: he claped one pistol in his bosom, and searched my pocket with that hand, holding the other to my breast, he took my money which was 15 s. I counted it before I came from Westminster; I turned from him, and on the other side of the way was, I suppose, a companion of his: he came across the way, and asked the prisoner, what he had got? the prisoner said but little, the other said D - n him I'll have his hat and wig: I ran, and got off.

Q. Was it light enough for you to discern him so as to be certain to him?

Roberts. The moon shone as bright as it could shine, he had a very black beard at that time, as he has now; his shoes were slit up the sore parts, I described him to my fellow-servants at Kensington, dressed as he is now: if I was not positive, I would not swear for a world.

Q. Had he a cap on?

Roberts. He had.

Prisoner. This cap I have on I had of the person that was tried yesterday for stealing the mahogany, I never had it on before.

Roberts.

The Second Part of these Proceedings will be publish'd in a few Days.

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 19th February 1752.

Reference Number: t17520219-36

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Goal Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 19th, Thursday the 20th, Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22d, Monday the 24th, Tuesday the 25th, and Wednesday the 26th of February.

In the 25th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. BEING THE Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the Right Honble Thomas Winterbottom , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

NUMBER III. PART II.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1752.

[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.

Roberts. IT was not that worsted cap he has on, he had on a leather cap when he robbed me.

Prisoner. Yes, I have had a leather cap a great while.

Roberts. James Bond and Alexander Allen came and asked me to describe the man, saying, they had seen such a man drinking at the Wheatsheaf at Kensington: on the 27th Alexander Allen came to me and told me, he was there then. I went directly, there was the prisoner sitting, I knew him immediately, I left Allen and another man, to keep him safe till I called a constable, who came with me: he was delivered to him, and we took him before a Justice; but he would own nothing; he wished he could have his will of me: there he was searched, but had no arms found upon him.

Alexander Allen . On the 17th of January, about half an hour after six in the evening, the prisoner was drinking at the Wheatsheaf, where I lodge; he said I must just go a little beyond the court-gate, and I'll return and pay you for the two pints of two-penny; he went, but did not come back that evening; this was on a Friday; on the Saturday morning James Bond came into the Wheat-sheaf, and said to me, do you hear of the robbery committed last night, saying, it was Counsellor Fleming 's groom, and that the groom had described him by having a blue jacket, a leather cap, a slit in one of his shoes, and one swell'd leg: I went to the groom, and he described him as before-mentioned. I told him, if he'd come with me to the Wheatsheaf, I could produce the man according to his description of him; when we came there, we staid till about ten o'clock; he not coming as usual, we sent the landlord to see if he was in his lodgings ; we found he had paid for his lodgings, but he did not lie there that night; we heard no more of him till the 27th, then I had been at London, and upon my return, I found him sitting in the box under the dial at the Wheat-sheaf, about six o'clock in the evening; then I went and found the prosecutor, and brought him along with me; as soon as he saw him, he said, that is the man; I'll sware to him; then I took him by the hand, and Andrew Andrea stood behind me while the prosecutor and Bond went for a constable; when he came, we delivered the prisoner to him.

Q. Had you seen the prisoner before?

Allen. I have several and several times in our house.

Q. How long is it ago since you saw him first ?

Allen. The first time is about nine weeks ago; I remember he then said he was come from Yarmouth, and had been robbed by a German: I once gave him a pair of old shoes ; he said he was going down to Bristol to his mother; but instead of that he was still in Kensington ; he said after that his mother lived at Reading, and he has been gone sometimes for a fortnight together, and sometimes for a day or two.

The prisoner bad nothing to say.

Guilty , Death .

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 19th February 1752.

Reference Number: t17520219-36

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Goal Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 19th, Thursday the 20th, Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22d, Monday the 24th, Tuesday the 25th, and Wednesday the 26th of February.

In the 25th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. BEING THE Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of the Right Honble Thomas Winterbottom , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

NUMBER III. PART II.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1752.

[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.


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