Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 February 2023), October 1720, trial of Charles Saunders (t17201012-21).

Charles Saunders, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 12th October 1720.

Charles Saunders of St.Andrews Holbourn , was indicted for Assaulting Hannah Watson on the High-Way. on the 8th of this Instant October , putting her in Fear taking from her, a Pocket, 5 Keys, and 4 s. 6 d. in Money . It appeared that the Prosecutor going along Kingsgate-Street about 9 at Night with her Petticoat over head to keep off the Rain, the Prisoner came by and pull'd off her Pocket with the Keys and Money in it, and she seeing of him run, mist her Pocket and cry'd out Stop Thief; thus he finding himself pursued, made a Stop, then ran a little further and was taken, and the Pocket was found thrown over some Rails just where he stopt, that there was no Body near her but the Prisoner; that he made his Escape from them as they were carrying him to the Watch-House, but he was soon re-taken. It did not appear that she was put in Fear, but that her Pocket was rather privately taken from her; the jury found him Guilty of Felony only . Transportation .