10th December 1783
Reference Numbert17831210-35
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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34. JOHN FENDLOW was indicted for feloniously assaulting Ann the wife of John Roots , in the King's highway, on the 1st of November last, and putting her in fear, and feloniously taking from her person, and against her will, four pair of cotton stockings, value 4 s. three linen shirts, value 15 s. one white corded dimity waistcoat, value 4 s. three linen handkerchiefs, value 3 s. four linen stocks, value 3 s. and two pair of lawn ruffles, value 4 s. the goods of the said John Roots .

ANN ROOTS sworn.

I am wife of John Roots , I was going through High-street, St. Giles's with two bundles of clean linen, and a boy snatched one out of my hand, the top-one was snatched off, I gave a scream out, I was very much frightened.

Court. Did the boy say any thing to you before? - No.

Who was the boy? - I believe it to be the prisoner, but my fright was very great, I cannot swear positively to him, but that is him to the best of my knowledge, I screamed out, a man cried out shop, and he dropped some of the linen, and I picked it up, and he threw down the remainder, and the man picked it up; I got all the linen again, and the boy was taken.


I live in the same street where the robbery was committed, I went to order a pint of porter across the way, and I saw the prosecutrix with two bundles of linen, and I saw the prisoner take the uppermost bundle, and make across the way.

Court. Can you swear to the boy; - Yes.

Why it was dark? - Yes.

Had you taken notice of the boy before? - I have frequently seen him going round the street following gentlemen to pick their pockets, I have no doubt of the boy at all.

Did you pursue him? - Not at first, I looked at the woman and at him, and he was taken about thirty or forty yards distance.

Prisoner. If he saw me picking pockets, why did not he excuse me, Sir.

Mr. Justice Willes to Prisoner. How old are you? - Going on sixteen, I have a mother alive and a father-in-law, my own father is dead; I was bred up to a whitesmith.


I am headborough of St. Giles's; on the 3rd of November last I was going to the Round-house with a young lad about the size of that, who had stole a card of lace, and returning I heard the prosecutrix scream out very much, I heard the cry of stop thief, I was on the opposite side of the way, and I saw the prisoner at the bar run very fast, I nearly met him, and somebody knocked him down in going over the way, I had a candle and lanthorn in my hand, I took him and brought him to the Round-house; I have had the linen in my possession ever since.

(The linen produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I know nothing of the things, I have no witnesses.

GUILTY Of the felony, but not of putting in fear .

Transported for seven years .

Court to Prisoner. In compassion to your youth, the Jury have saved your life, but in compassion to the publick, you may assure yourself you will not continue in this country.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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