William Jackson, John Suttle, Charles Callagan.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-47
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death; Death

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375, 376, 377 (M.) William Jackson , John Suttle , and Charles Callagan , were indicted, for that they, on the king's-highway, on Samuel Osmund , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person 8 s. in money, numbered , the property of the said Samuel, April 24 . ++

Samuel Osmund . I am a shoe-maker in Leadenhall-street. On the twenty-fourth of April, at near one in the morning, I was returning home from Wapping; I had my wife and a boy with a candle and lanthorn with me: just on the other side of Armitage-stairs I was met by four people, two tall and two short; one of the tall ones came up between the boy and me, and he put his hand to my wife; I asked what he wanted; at that time I did not see the other three; but instantly he litted up a cutlass, or hanger, and swore he would cut me down if I did not deliver my money: I expected he would do so; I stooped to save myself; I recovered again, and said I would give them what I had if they would not hurt me: they then demanded my watch; at first I said I had none; Matthew Pollard came to me and searched me. I believe Jackson and Suttle to be two of the parties; I saw them by a lamp and the lanthorn; one stood on one side of me with a cutlass, the other with a pistol, so that I could not turn one way nor the other; the boy lifted up the lanthorn, for which one of them struck him with the cutlass, and said, D - n your lanthorn; they struck at it and broke it. When they were gone we had got over the Armitage-bridge; my wife said, I shall surely know the two people that stood over you; and when we were before the justice she immediately declared that Jackson and Suttle were two of them.

Q. Do you know nothing of the third?

Osmund. No.

Ann Osmund . I saw two men at first; in a moment ther e were two more; I saw the two tall ones (Suttle and Jackson) first; the two tall ones when they came up, I think, Suttle held the cutlass; Jackson held the pistol to my ear; I know it was them two: he that stood with the cutlass was nearest me: one of the two short ones took my money.

Q. Do you know the short one?

Osmund. I believe Caliagan is he.

Q. Do you recollect the dress or the face of the third man?

Osmund. I believe he was one of the parties; he stood with his back to me, and, two or three times, turned about, then I saw his face, and I do believe he is the man; I cannot swear it.

Q. Do you apprehend it was he that took your money, or the other man?

Osmund. I think, the other man.

Q. How soon where they apprehended?

Osmund. I saw them this day fortnight: the moment I saw them I knew Jackson; I saw them before they struck the candle out: I was afraid they would cut my husband down, as I knew he carried but little money about him: I pleaded with them that they would not cut him down; I said I had ten children.

Q. You speak then with certainty as to Jackson and Suttle?

Osmund. Upon my oath they are the men; I verily believe the other is one of the men.

Q. Did you hear them speak?

Osmund. They all spoke.

Q. Did you hear Callagan speak?

Osmund. When I turned round and said I had a great family, and was pleading with them, the man that stood with his back to me said, D - n your blood you b - h, turn round and give them your money.

Q. I suppose you heard him speak at the justice's?

Osmund. I do not remember he spoke at all.

Q. Then you had no opportunity of judging from his voice?

Osmund. I did not remember any thing particular that night in his voice; as to Jackson, he has a particular voice; the moment I heard his voice before the justice I knew it.

Q. from Callagan. Whether you did not say you could swear only to William Jackson ?

Osmund. No; I did not.

Q. Now you have heard Callagan speak; have you any recollection?

Osmund. It is like his voice; I cannot take upon me to speak positively.

Matthew Pollard . Jackson and Suttle were with me; we were walking along, and met with Charles Callagan ; we asked him to take a walk with us; we met Mr. and Mrs. Osmund; we went up to rob them, and Callagan run away, and we never saw him till next morning.

Q. Who robbed them?

Pollard. One or two of the prisoners.

Q. What share had you in it?

Pollard. I robbed the gentleman.

Q. Who robbed the lady?

Pollard. One of them.

Q. How much did you get?

Pollard. About twenty shillings, and the gentleman's watch; may be I may be mistaken.

Q. What did you get from Mrs. Osmund?

Pollard. Four thimbles.

Q. So Calligan had no share in this business, he could not stay?

Pollard. No.

Q. Did you give the same account before the justice in your information?

Pollard. I believe so; I do not know.

Q. How many times was you brought up before your information?

Pollard. I cannot tell.

Q. How many times was you under examination before the justice?

Pollard. Two or three times; I was frightened.

Q. What, every time?

Pollard. Yes.

Q. to Mrs. Osmund. You spoke of four people?

Osmund. Yes.

Q. Did you see them all four?

Osmund. Yes.

Q. Did all the four remain by you?

Osmund. Yes; all the time.

Q. The fourth man was the man that turned round and d - d you.

Osmund. Yes.

Q. That was not Pollard, nor the other two tall ones?

Osmund. No; but the other.

Q. to Pollard. What do you say to that?

Pollard. There was only three of us.

Mrs. Osmund. This Pollard was the man I gave the money to; I had hold of his coat during all the time; I pinched it fast while I pleaded for my husband.

Q. from Jackson. What sort of cloaths had I on?

Osmund. A ruff snuff-coloured great coat.

Q. from Suttle. Had I the same cloaths on then and wig as I have now?

Osmund. The same cloaths and wig or just such a one.

Suttle. My lord, please to ask Pollard whether I had or no?

Pollard. No; he bought them with the money.

Callagan. My lord, please to ask the lady what colour'd cloaths I had on, and whether she had ever seen me before.

Court. The lady said she did not know she ever saw you before.

Q. Can you form any judgment how he was dress'd?

Osmund. No; I apprehend he had that red waistcoat; he only turned his head round, with his back to me.

Callagan. I was at home at my mother's at the same time. I am used to the sea.

For Callagan.

Mary Callagan .

Q. Do you know where your son was on the 23d of April?

Callagan. I can't say; I do not know whether he was at home or no. I did not take any particular notice, as I did not think any harm would come to him; he has been at sea sometime: when he was at home he helped me.

Q. How long has he been at home?

Callagan. A twelve-month.

Q. How has he behaved?

Callagan. Very well, thank God, before this affair: no-body can give him a bad character before this.

Jackson, Guilty , Death .

Suttle, Guilty , Death .

Callagan, Guilty , Death .

See No: 317, 318, 319, 330 - 333, 334, 335, 336 - 375, 376, 377. - See Jackson an evidence against Richardson and Conway (No. 463 in Mr. alderman Trecothick's mayoralty) who were executed on Bow Common for the murder of Mr. Vennables.


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