The Annual Register for the Year 1767, 11th September

From The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1767

11th September

“The noted Mr. Edward Higgins took his trial at Carmarthen assizes and was found guilty, and the next morning condemned. Upon being asked by the judge, what he had to say why sentence of death should not be passed on him. He answered, that he thought he had not a fair trial. But it seemed to be the opinion of all who heard it, that he was convicted on the clearest evidence. The trunk broke open at Lady Maud’s, on inspection, was found to have a small part of the key left in the lock, and the other part of the key was found on Higgins when he was taken. This was the most material circumstance against him, though several others strongly confirmed his being guilty of the burglary. It is said that as soon as the jury brought in their verdict, guilty, he burst into tears.”


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