Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 20 January 2019), December 1732, trial of William Heath (t17321206-35).

William Heath, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 6th December 1732.

37. William Heath , of Hackney , was indicted for assaulting Martha , the Wife of Rich. Plummer, in a Field or open Place, near the Highway putting her in Fear, and taking from her 4 Shirts, a Dimity Waistcoat, a Cap, a Pillow, a Handkerchief, a Bib, a Pincushion, and 3 d. Farthing , the Goods and Money of Richard Plummer , Decem . 5 .

Martha Plummer . On Tuesday last, between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon, as I was going from Hackney to Newington, the Prisoner stopt me, and swore I should deliver. For God's Sake! Says I, save my Life, and I'll give you what I have, and with that I gave 3 d. Farthing. That won't do, says he, you must give me something else. Then he pull'd out a Shoemaker's Knife, struck me in the Face, threw me down, took my Bundle, and run away; but Assistance coming in time, he was taken.

Henry Hurst . I was at work within two Fields where the Robbery was committed. A young Woman who was with me, said, There's Murder cry'd! I hearken'd, and heard a Woman's Voice. I jump'd over a Bank, and saw the Prisoner come from the Prosecutor with a Bundle in his Hand. He saw me coming, he threw the Bundle towards her and run. I proceeded after him for about a Mile, and he was not once out of my Sight till I laid hold on him. I took this Shoemaker's Knife from him. He begg'd me not to bring him to Justice, and said, he would do so no more.

John Bracey . I and Hurst were binding Faggots. My Daughter-in-law cry'd, For God's Sake Henry run, there's Murder cry'd! I jump'd over the Ditch first, but he being youngest got before me. I saw the Prisoner run from the Woman, I went towards her first, and afterwards I went to the Prisoner; I was the 2d Man that came in. He fell on his Knees, and begg'd for God's sake to let him go, for, he said, it was the first time, and he would never do the like again.

John Wells . I was at work in the Garden next to Brook-House, and these 2 Men were in the other Garden. My Mistress came, and said, For God's Sake Jerry and John run, there's Murder cry'd. I saw Hurst run the foremost Man, and when he came to the Prisoner, the Prisoner fell on his Knees, and Hurst stood over him with a Hedge-Bill. There was 3d. Farthing found in the Prisoner's Pocket, and that was all the Money he had.

Jerry Curtis . I and my Partner went to assist the Woman first, and then we pursu'd the Thief.

Prosecutrix. I took the Bundle up my self, after he had thrown it down; it is Child-bed Linen. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .