Thomas Buckmore, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 18th July 1753.

Reference Number: t17530718-8
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

321. (M.) Thomas Buckmore , was indicted for that he in a certain field or open place, near the kings-highway, on one Albert Binmer , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, 1 s. and 2 d. in money numbered, from the said Binmer, and against the will of the said Binmer, did steal, take, and carry away , June 30 . *

Albert Binmer. On the 30th of June, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, in the first fields on this side Bow-common , Mr. Ellis met the prisoner at the bar, he had a pistol under his coat, and he pulled it out, and bid us deliver our money: I gave him fourteen pence, and he said it was not all. Then he made me turn my pockets out, and went away, we went after him. He was taken in about half hour afterwards in Salmon's-lane, near Lime-house church. I charg'd him with the robbery, he said nothing to it.

Barnard Ellis . I was in company with Binmer, the prisoner took a pistol out of his bosom and presented it to him and I. I gave him my money, and Mr. Binmer gave him one shilling in silver, and two-pence in copper.

Q. Did you see him take the money from Binmer ?

Ellis. I did.

Q. Did he rob you first, or Binmer first ?

Ellis. He robb'd me first.

Q. What did you give him?

Ellis. Two shillings.

Q. Did he demand Binmer's money?

Ellis. Yes, he did.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner at the bar is the man?

Ellis. Yes, it is the man; we went after him directly, he was taken just by Limehouse church.

John Gilling . I and four more were coming, last Saturday was fortnight, from Bromley, and in a field on this side Bromley, we saw the prosecutor ; he said, Did not you see a man go along that way? We said, Yes, he then said, He has robb'd me of two shillings, and taken one shilling and two-pence away from the other ; I said, Let us go after him; then I, John Davis , Barnard Ellis , and the prosecutor, ran after him.

Q. When you came up with the prosecutor, was the prisoner in sight ?

J. Gilling. Yes, he was; he ran down a lane, and went a-cross two fields, and instead of going the right way to the church, he went down a little lane ; when we came up with him he turn'd upon us, and said something, but what it was I cannot say; then he drew a pistol out, and said something about shooting. (The pistol produc'd in court, it was a long horseman's pistol). Then he made off; I said here is four of us, let us take up stones and go after him again, for sure four of us with stones is a match for one with a pistol. We did, and run after him down Salmon's-lane, and there is a little lane that leads to Rogue's-well, just by there we took him.

Walter Sedgwick . I had been at work upon a ship lying off the Tower, and was going home to Limeho use-hole ; coming down the lane that leads to Limehouse church, we heard some people cry, Stop thief ! I said, I had a good mind to run after them; I did, and I met a man on horseback, and people said, He is the man; I stopt him, and said you are the man; he said no, that is the man, pointing with his finger to the prisoner. I ran after him, and just as I got to him, he pull'd out a pistol, and said he would shoot me, if I did not turn round ; I stoop'd myself to the ground, thinking he then would shoot over my head, but he made off; then I got up again, and went after him, and threw him down over a bank, and took the pistol out of his hand.

John Davis confirm'd the testimony of Gilling.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am not in my senses.

For the Prisoner.

James Weller . I have known the prisoner twenty years, and till now, I always look'd upon him to be a very sober harmless man.

Q. What way of life has the prisoner been in?

J. Weller. A gun-smith by trade.

Q. Did he carry on the trade of a gun-smith in June last ?

J. Weller. I don't know.

Q. What opportunity had you to know his character ?

Q. We make gun stocks for the government, and he, with others, came to fetch away the gun-stocks ; I always found him a very sober honest man.

Hugh Horan . I have known him this three years to be a very sober, sedate man, 'till I heard of this thing now.

Israel Seaglis. I have known the prisoner above twenty years, I never knew any thing ill of him 'til this very time.

Thomas Henshaw . I knew him when he was an apprentice, he has work'd for me for this two years past at times, I have trusted him with thirty or forty pounds worth of goods at a time, I always found him very honest, my opinion is, that samething is the matter with his head, or else he never would have done it.

Q. Did you ever take him to be a man disorder'd in his senses, so that he did not know what he said, or did?

Thos Henshaw . No, but sometimes he us'd to behave in a very comical manner.

Guilty , Death .


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