Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2023), June 1714, trial of Mary Billingsby (t17140630-68).

Mary Billingsby, Violent Theft > robbery, 30th June 1714.

Mary Billingsby , of the Parish of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for assaulting Judith Fa[Text unreadable in original.] an Infant , and for putting her in fear of her Life, and robbing her of a Callico Frock, value 4 s. 6 d. on the 7th of June . A Witness depos'd, that as he was passing along the Road that goes from Shoreditch towards Old Street, he saw the Prisoner leading the Child by the Hand; and she being very ragged, and the Child neatly clad, he suspected her, whereupon he dogg'd her, and meeting another Man in the way, desir'd him to go with him; and that when she reached a bye-place, she fell to her Work, and they let her until she had pull'd off the Frock, and began to [Text unreadable in original.] Stays, and then they went and took her, and found the Child in a dreadful Fright, who told them, she [Text unreadable in original.] threatn'd to throw her in a Pond, if she cry'd. This was confirm'd by the other Evidence; and the Prisoner having nothing to say against so plain a Proof, was found guilty of the Indictment .

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