Benjamin Hudson.
18th February 1767
Reference Numbert17670218-36
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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170 (M.) Benjamin Hudson was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on Eleanor, wife of John Woodroof , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life and taking from her person one penny money, the property of the said John, against her will , Feb 4 . +

Eleanor Woodroof . My husband is John Woodroof . Last Wednesday was fortnight, about half an hour after six in the evening, I was coming along the back lane to go home; I had a shoulder of mutton, a piece of Cheshire cheese, six pounds of butter, and some red herrings in my lap: the prisoner came out upon me, I think from same bank just under the fourth lamp in the lane; he said, Madam, your money; I said, I have no money, upon my word; he said, you have; I said I had mutton, butter, and cheese, if he would name them he was welcome, and go about his business; he said he wanted some money: I put my hand in my pocket, and pulled out a penny, and looked at it, and gave it into his hand; I believe a halfpenny slipped through his fingers, and fell upon the ground; I had but 5 s. in all about me; he was very much in liquor; he held me by my pocket-hole, while he stooped to take the halfpenny up; he said, Madam, this is not all, you have more.

Q. Was you put in fear?

E. Woodroof. I was very much affrighted, but he did not offer to use me ill or strike me; there was another woman with me, she went to go away; he said, Madam, you must not go, I want your's too; she put her hand in her pocket, and throwed down, she said, about seven farthing; and while he went to pick that up she went away; there came a little boy past me, and he called a man; I believe there was a very tough struggle between the prisoner and that man in the road, for about three minutes; I had not seen the boy, till the boy said he saw the prisoner stop me.

Peter Tod . I was 15 years of age the of last January; I was going to Shadwell about my ter's business; I saw two women by the going the same road; I was glad of that for company; I went behind them till we came about half way between the Angel and the turnpike; the prisoner jumped out of the ditch and took hold of this woman, and said, Madam, your money: the other woman ran away past me; I went up to Mr. Orme, who was coming with his wife, and told him there was a man robbing a woman; upon which he let go his wife's arm, and ran up to the prisoner who was then stooping; he asked him what he was about; the prisoner said, picking up money, what do you think; he engaged the prisoner the space of three, the prisoner tried to run away, two or three times, then I called the pattole. He was secured.

Q. Did you see the prisoner do any thing to the woman

Tod. He took hold of her breast.

- Orme. I am a bricklayer's labourer, and work for Mr. Milnet in East Smithfield; I and my wife were coming towards London; this lad came running up to me, and said there was a man robbing a woman; I loosed my wife's arm, and ran up; the prosecutrix desired me in the King's name to assist her; I asked the prisoner (who was stooping) what he was doing; he said, picking up money; I went to take him by the collar; he struck at me, and ran away. I called, stop thief; he turned again, and offered to fight me; my wife said, strike him with the patten, you do not know what weapon he may have about him, I struck him with my wife's patten; he ran away again; I followed, and struck him with the patten again; then I took hold of his collar, and assistance came up, and he was secured.

Q. What did he say for himself?

Orme. He did not say a great deal.

Prisoner's defence.

I was in liquor.

Prosecutrix. I beg his life may be spared.

Guilty . Death . Recommended to mercy.

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