GEORGE HARTLEY, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 18th October 1775.

Reference Number: t17751018-23
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

727. (M) GEORGE HARTLEY was indicted for that he in the king's highway on Thomas Koar did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch with a base metal case, value twenty shillings, a steel chain, value, six pence, a stone seal set in silver, value, four shillings, a watch-key value, four-pence, and four shillings in money, numbered , the property of the said Thomas Kear , September 9th . ++

Thomas Kear . Coming from Sadler's Wells on the 9th of September with a man and his wife, it being a fine moon-light night, we agreed to come over the fields; when we got near the Foundling Hospital the prisoner and another man came up to us: the prisoner put a pistol to my breast and demanded my money; the other man went to the man and his wife who were with me; the woman called out to me to draw my hanger; the other man said,

"d - n him, take the hanger from him, and cut his head off:" the prisoner demanded my watch; I told him it was worth nothing, it was one I had borrowed whilst my own was mending; he said he must have it, and took my watch and money. I am positive to the prisoner's person; the moon shone full in his face. The prisoner was taken about a fortnight after; I saw him at the Brown Bear , he was then dressed the same as when he robbed me; I knew him again the moment I saw him. I have never seen the watch since I lost it.

John Holey . I was one present at the apprehending of the prisoner. He was brought to Bow-Street; Mr. Kear attended on Wednesday at the Brown Bear : he went and looked into a back room where there were a number of people: he came back, and said, he saw the man there who had robbed him, and pointed out the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was at New Prison: a young man came in there, who said he committed this robbery, and he wanted to be admitted an evidence about it; and there were two more came into the gaol, and wanted to speak to M. Bond about it, but Mr. Bond would not let them.

For the Prisoner.

Elizabeth Buckland . I live at No. 7. in Tooley-Street: the prisoner came to lodge at my house on the 8th of July: he was not out of my house from the 8th of July till the time he was taken up.

Q. Who lives in the house?

Buckland. No body but my husband, and the prisoner, and I.

Q. Do you know what the prisoner is?

Buckland. No.

- Hartley. I am the prisoner's mother: I have maintained him these twelve months: he has had a fever; he could not go out at the time this robbery was committed: he was so ill of a fever, he could hardly creep about.

Robert Llewin . My lord, I know nothing of the matter.

Q. from the prisoner. Did not a man tell you he was guilty of the robbery?

Llewin. No.

Thomas Lumley . I heard one Wigmore say he committed this robbery: he wanted to be admitted an evidence: he said, the prisoner was innocent.

Q. How happened it, that that man was not taken up?

Lumley. He was taken up upon and her affair.

- Bond. I live at New Prison, Clerkenwells about three weeks ago, one Wigmore was brought in: he had some conference with the prisoner; then he came to me, and said, he could make some discoveries: I told him to say nothing to me, if he had any discoveries to make, he must make them to the justice.

Q. from the jury to the prosecutor. Are you positive the prisoner at the bar is the person who robbed you?

Kear. It is possible two men may be alike: I believe, in my conscience, he is the man.

Guilty , Death .

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