These men were indicted for a burglary in the house of Margaret Baldwin, at Wrotham, in the county of Kent.
Mrs. Baldwin, an old lady, aged 60, said that on the night stated in the indictment five men rushed into her, house, after someone had previously knocked at the door. They immediately secured the servants, and put a guard over them. They were all bound together in a chair. They then dragged her about the house, and made her discover her money and plate. While they were doing this her gown sleeve caught fire from the candle, and her female servant exclaiming "she would be burnt," one of the men cried out, "D-n the old bitch, let her burn." Three of them were like soldiers, and they were all disguised, so that she could not speak to the persons of any of them. While they remained in the house they ran backward and forward, so as to lead them to suppose that there were many more outside. They rifled the house, and took away, besides 100l. in money, a great quantity of plate.
The principal evidence to convict the prisoners was that of George Hill, an accomplice; and he stated that the above parties having agreed upon the robbery, they met in a wood near Mereworth, and there disguised themselves, and proceeded to Mrs. Baldwin's house, which they entered in the manner she described, and bound four persons they found in the house in a chair; they then compelled Mrs. Baldwin to disclose where her money was, which they carried off and all the plate. Spittle and Sifleet had blue jackets, and the witness had an old soldier's jacket; their faces were all disguised either by blacking or with crape. He stated that Plummer was the planner of the robbery; and it was also proved that Plummer had offered some of the articles of the plate to sell at Gravesend.
The jury found them all-Guilty—Death.