WillIAM Baldwin, Violent Theft > robbery, 11th January 1753.

Reference Number: t17530111-22
Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

80.(M.) WillIAM Baldwin , was indicted for that he, in the dwelling-house of Rose Sykes, widow, on Thomas Mott did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, one silver watch, value 30 s. and 16 s. in money numbered, from his person did steal , Dec. 22 +

Thomas Mott . On my coming cross Drury-lane to go to Broad street, on the 22nd of December, between six and seven at night, I missed the court, and went into Angel-Court ; I saw a woman there, who asked me for a pint of two-penny, and told me there was no thorough-fare; so I went into a passage, and into a room with her: I had not been there but a very short time before the prisoner came in with something in his hand, what I cannot tell, and struck me over the breast: then catch'd me fast by the neckcloth, and d - d his eyes and said he'd cut my throat if I spoke a word : then he put his hand down and pull'd my watch out, and 16 s. in money out of another pocket. I lost my handkerchief; but, I believe, some of the women, his companions, that came me took that.

Q. In whose house was this?

Mott. It was the dwelling-house of one Rose Sykes: when I got out into the court and called Thieves! a woman standing by asked me what I had been robb'd of: I said my watch and money, and that I had a friend at the Reaking, in Broad Court, and desired her to fetch her to my assistance. My friend was not there, but there came a serjeant of the foot guards. He bid me stand where I was, and said, there is no thorough-fare, and whoever comes out of the house lay hold of them. Presently a little ragged girl came out, there were people with links, one of whom said, lay hold of that girl, she has got some money in her mouth; I did, and she spit three shillings into my hand, and another fell to the ground; I was afraid to stoop for that, fearing I should be knock'd down. Then out came the prisoner's wife, I took hold of her, and kept her, 'till a fellow rescued her from me. The serjeant was then gone for a party of guards. I took the girl, who is here to give evidence ; she declared the 4 s. was part of my money, which the prisoner had given her to fetch a gown out of pawn.

Q. Was there a light in the room?

Mott. There was, but he turn'd about, and bid them put out the glimm.

Q. Have you seen the watch since?

Mott. No, my lord, I have not.

Prisoner. He said he could not swear to me, at first, but that my voice was something like the man's; but when he came to see me in Newgate. he then said, now I can swear to your person and voice.

Mott. When I came before justice Fielding to see the prisoner, who was taken up for another offence, the justice asked me if I knew him, I said then I could positively swear to his person and voice.

Q. How long after the robbery was it that you saw him first ?

Mott. It was about eight or nine days after?

Eleanor Wallace . I lived about a month in Rose Sykes's house, with the prisoner's wife, before any man came into the house.

Q. When did you go to live there first?

Wallace. It was about a week before Christmas: the first man that came in was the prosecutor with Elizabeth Spencer ; he call'd for some gin; I was sent out to fetch half a pint, and had a shilling to change: When I went up stairs to carry it, William Baldwin went up also with a knife in his hand, and took the gentleman by the collar.

Q. How long had you known the prisoner?

Wallace. I never knew him till I went to live with his wife: I saw him take 16 shillings and a watch from the prosecutor, after which they blew the candle out. The gentleman went down stairs, then they lighted the candle again, and I saw the prisoner give the watch to his wife; he gave me four shillings of the money he took to fetch my gown out of pawn.

Q. How long was this after the prisoner took the money?

Wallace. It was about an hour after: Just as I was going out of the door, the gentleman took hold of me, I had the money in my mouth, which he took out of my mouth.

Q. Where was the prisoner's wife at this time?

Wallace. She was in the house at the time of the robbery, below stairs; she came out and the gentleman took hold on her; but a man that was there took her away from him.

Q. Did you tell the justice the same story you have told here?

Wallace. I did.

Q. Who was above stairs at the time the man was robbed ?

Wallace. There were Ann Sykes and Elizabeth Spencer .

Prisoner's Defence.

I don't know that girl ; I don't know I ever saw her above once in my life, and that was in Drury-lane. I don't know the person they mention for my wife; I have no wife. I liv'd with Ann Sykes , but am not married to her. I have been at sea, and at my return found she went on in a very bad manner; so I do not live with her now.

To his Character.

Richard Price . I have known the prisoner about 8 years, and have employed him several times, and that in places where has been considerable value.

Q. What is your business?

Price. I am a carpenter.

Q. Are you any way related to the prisoner ?

Price. No, I am not.

Q. What is his general character?

Price. I never heard any thing dishonest of him till this unhappy accident.

Q. How long is it ago since he worked for you?

Price. It is about three years ago.

Jonathan Brusiter . I have known him this twenty years, and never heard any thing ill of him before this.

Q. Have you known him down to this time?

Brusiter. I can't take upon me to say that I have ; for I have not seen him, 'till now, this quarter of a year.

Charles Wellbeloved . The prisoner work'd for me twelve months; he has work'd where were watches and other silver things, I never heard any thing amiss of him.

Q. What are you?

Wellbeloved. I am a joiner; he is a carpenter.

Q. How long is it since he worked for you?

Wellbeloved. It is about a year and half ago.

John Wills . The prisoner's father lived in my rents in Hanover-yard, and the prisoner lodged with him; I never heard any thing amis, of him till this thing happened.

John Revet . I have known him from an infant, he was always willing to work, I never heard any complaint of him.

Mary Prigg . I have known him about three quarters of a year, and took him to be a very sober young man.

Guilty , Death .


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