Matthew Earsel, Old Mobb, Ruth Reynolds, Edward Biggs.
9th September 1691
Reference Numbert16910909-18
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty

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Matthew Earsel , Old Mobb , Ruth Reynolds , and Edward Biggs , were all Indicted for that they, together with one James Whitney , did break the House of Joan Flanders , on the 17th of August last ; Biggs confest the Indictment upon his Arraignment; but the Evidence against the rest was Mrs. Flanders, &c. who said, That they encompassed the House, being Enfield Water-Mill , and broke it open, about 10 or 11 of the Clock at Night, and took away 20l. in Money, with abundance of Plate and wearing Apparel, of very considerable value, viz. 300l. They came in and swore great Oaths that they would kill them all, if they would not shew them where the Money and Plate lay, they were forced out of Fear; and after they had got the Booty they went off; and afterwards, Earsel was found with Rings about him, in Long Acre, one of which was owned by the Prosecutor, and a Spoon and Silver Cup was found in the Hair of Reynolds; but she was Wife to one Reynolds who swore against the rest in Custody in Newgate, so she was acquitted ; but Earsel and Old-Mobb were concerned in the Robbery; Earsel held their [Text unreadable in original.] whilst the rest the House, for which he had 25l. for his share. They had little to say, especially Old Mobb, so they were both found Guilty of Felony and Burglary.

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