Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

An Account of a notorious Smuggling gang in the early 18th Century

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Scardefield's with Chatery to Old Mills's, where he was left to the care of the prisoner, and in the meantime they buried Galley.
This witness was asked by the court whether the prisoner was present at the first consultation at the widow Payne's, and continued in the same company to the death of Galley, and he answered: " Yes, he was with them all the time."
Then William Scardefield was sworn, who deposed that the prisoner at the bar was with the rest of the smugglers at his house at Eake, when Galley was brought dead there, but went away with Chater, the other man who was all bloody.
The counsel for the King said they had a great many more witnesses, but they would rest the matter as it now was, and not give the court any further trouble.
The prisoner, being called upon to make his defence, said he had nobody to disprove the facts or speak to his character ; and said he was sent for to Rowland's Castle, though he did not know for what; that when he came there he was threatened by Jackson, Richards and others that were there, that they would shoot him through the head if he would not go with and assist them in what they were going about, and that it was not in his power to make his escape from them.
The jury brought him in guilty. Death.
Having now given the trial of Henry Sheerman, alias Little Harry, at East Grinstead, it will be necessary next to give an account of his life and behaviour under sentence of death, and at the place of execution, before we proceed to the trial of that notorious villain John Mills, alias Smoker, for the cruel murder of Richard Hawkins.
Henry Sheerman, alias Little Harry, about 32 years
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