Wm. Jackson, Jn. Suttle, Charles Callagan.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-56
VerdictNot Guilty

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386, 387, 388. (M.) Wm. Jackson , Jn. Suttle , and Charles Callagan , otherwise Ghallagan were indicted, for that they on the king's highway, on John Harrison , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one silver watch, value 4 l. one silver watch chain, value 5 s. one stone seal set in silver, value 2 s. one pen knife, value 2 s. and two shillings in money, numbered , the property of the said John, April 23 . *

John Harrison . I am mate of a ship , on or about the stroke of two o'clock, I was in Lower Shadwell , I saw four men breaking into an house, one was in at the window, the passage was narrow, I did not venture to look at them till I had passed them; I then looked back, and thought I heard one say, make hast and dispatch that fellow, pointing to me. I was on the opposite side of the way, it was narrow, about fifteen yards off; then I set off, I had but ten doors to go to my lodgings; I did not run but walked fast; I thought when I got to my own door they would follow me; immediately as the man spoke, I got upon the steps and knocked at the door, they made no answer from within. Two of them came opposite to me, one stood at the right hand of me; I discovered a pistol laying by his right side, it was something bright that I took for

a pistol; it was a star-light night, the 23d of April in the morning at two o'clock, I believe the moon was then down. I said, Hallo! They made no answer, but jumped up to me on the steps; one had a pistol cocked, they held one on each side of my head.

Q. Could you make no observations of their persons at this time?

John Harrison . No; it was too dark, I could distinguish a man, but not to know any particular person.

Q. What did they take from you?

Harrison. They said your money! I said, I had but little; I told them to take it and spare my life: I was struck over the head with a cutlass, whether it was by them or the third man, I cannot say; there was a third and a fourth came up to me, one of them seemed a boy: I think it was a cutlass I was cut with; they struck me with the hilt on the double of my hat: they took a silver watch with a christial triangle seal, and a four bladed pen knife from me; they told me to cover my face, and commend myself to God; I covered my face as they bid me, they struck me upon the side of my head with a pistol and left me.

Q. Have you ever found any of your things since.

Harrison. Only my knife (produced and deposited to by the prosecutor).

George Winn . I am a constable: after Pollard was taken, he told me where the knife was on Salt Petre Bank: I went to enquire for it, it was not there, a girl brought it me the next day.

Court. Here is no evidence to affect the prisoners except the accomplisher.

All Acquitted .

See Nos. 370, 371, 372, 373.


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