William Burk.
27th February 1723
Reference Numbert17230227-24
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Death

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William Burk , of St. Dunstans Stepney , was indicted for assaulting William Fitzer , near the High-Way, and taking from him a Jacket, value 20 s. 2 Tobacco Box, Knife and Fork, and other Things , the 11th of February last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that he had been at Mile End, and stopp'd at Stepney to drink a Pint of Drink, and about seven or eight a Clock at Night, was met by the Prisoner, in the first Field, near the back Lane, with a great hedging Bill in his Hand, with which he cut him in the Head, telling him he was the Man he wanted; he told him he must have his Jacket, and stood over him with his Bill while he pull'd it off, that then he bid him be gone, and not speak a Word, for he had five Accomplices in the Fields, and if he made any Stir, he would be a dead Man. That he went away, and hearing of the Prisoner's Apprehension, went, and the Constable had taken his Knife and Fork out of the Prisoner's Pocket, which was produc'd in Court, and sworn to by the Prosecutor. Robert Andrews depos'd, that he and his Father, John Andrews , were going home, the 13th Day of February, he having been at Work, at Mr. Langerwood's, the Rope Maker, and going home, between seven or eight a Clock, in the second Field, next the back Lane, near the half Way-house, the Prisoner with his Bill came up to them, swearing, damn'd them, and bid them stand, and with the Bill, chopt his Father down; he thinking his Father to be murder'd, made at the Prisoner, and catching up his Father's Stick, attack'd the Prisoner, and he cut several Times at him, gave him a Wound in the Arm, but he clos'd in with him, got him up against a Bank, and over powering him, took the Hedging Bill from him; his Father getting up to his Assistance, and another young Man coming by, they carried him to the Constable; John Andrews, the Father confirm'd what his Son had depos'd, and shew'd the Wound in his Head. Jeremiah Parkins depos'd, That he was the Person that assisted the former Evidences, in apprehending the Prisoner; adding, He saw the Constable take a Knife and Fork out of the Prisoner's Pocket, which was sworn to be his by William Fitzer, whom he had rob'd on the 11th Day. The Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .

He was also indicted a second Time for assaulting James Westwood , near the High-Way, and taking from him a Coat, value 8 s. a Rule, value one Shilling, and 10 s. in Money , the 9th of February . The Prosecutor depos'd, that going home from Work about seven a Clock on Saturday Night he was met by the Prisoner, with the Bill in his Hand, that the Prisoner caught hold of him by the Collar, and holding his Bill over his Head, put his Hand out of his Pocket, and took out his Money, ask'd him if that was all; he told him it was all, that then he bid him take off his Frock, that he holding the Bill over his Head, hastened him, so that he thought he would have cut him down, before he could get it off; that he told him it was hard to take his Frock, he was a poor Man, the Prisoner told him he knew him, bid him go away, and not dare so much as to look after him; if he made any Stir, he had five Accomplices in the Field, and he would be a dead Man. That going to him in Newgate, he desir'd him to let him have his Frock again, he told him, if he would come again another Day, he did not know what he might do. The Jury found him guilty of this Indictment likewise. Death .

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