12th January 1820
Reference Numbert18200112-62
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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270. THOMAS WARD and RICHARD BRADLEY were indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Hall , on the King's highway, on the 20th of December , at St. George, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, one watch, value 4 l.; one key, value 8 s.; one seal, value 12 s., and one piece of ribbon, value 1 d., his property .

THOMAS HALL . I am master of the ship, Brompton . On Monday night, the 20th of December, about ten o'clock, as I was standing in the Commercial-road , near the end of Dock-street, four men passed me - I did not see them till they were alongside of me; it was not very dark, Ward came against my right side with his left arm, and with his left hand he took my watch from my fob, and I immediately seized him.

Q. Was any force used to you before - A. Yes, all four came against me with violence before he got my watch. I seized Ward, and said,

"You rascal you have taken my watch" - I tried to take it from him, but one of them, a tall man, rushed forward, and took it from him; the tall man turned to make off with it, but I kept Ward in my left hand, and seized the man who was going away with it with my right, by the skirts of his coat; he made off, dragging me after him, and I called out,

"Give me my watch." At that instant Bradley hove himself on my left shoulder, and by the weight of him on my shoulder, and having hold of the other, I was forced on the ground. Bradley attempted to rescue Ward, but as I recovered from my fall, I immediately caught hold of them both again, and held them - I was waiting for a friend. I called out for him, and he and the watchman came up instantly. I never let them go till I gave them in charge; Bradley had tried to rescue Ward as I was trying to secure the other man who got off with my watch. It was worth 8 l. together.

ELIZABETH REED . I am a single woman, and live in Dock-street, Commercial-road. On Monday, the 20th of December, about a quarter after ten o'clock, I saw a gentleman standing at the top of Dock-street - I did not see his face, and do not know him. I saw some men pass me, whom I never saw before, and do not know.

Q. Did they go towards where the prosecutor stood - A. I cannot say; I took no more notice. I heard the gentleman say,

"You villain! where is my watch?" Before that two men walked across the road. I know nothing more.

JOSEPH SAUNDERS . I am a watchman. On hearing the cry I went up; Hall had hold of Ward, and his friend had hold of Bradley. We took them to the watch-house.

JOHN SHRIER . I was constable of the night. The prisoners were brought to the watch-house by the prosecutor, his friend, and Saunders. He gave the same account in the presence of the prisoners that he has now done. They said they knew nothing of the watch.

WARD'S Defence. I was going to Sutton-street, and these men took me. I am innocent.

BRADLEY'S Defence. I saw the gentleman holding Ward, and he gave me in charge.

WARD - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 18.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

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