Old Bailey Proceedings:
Old Bailey Proceedings: Accounts of Criminal Trials

10th December 1712

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Daniel Wells proceedingsdefend was indicted for a Misdemeanor, in abetting and assisting several Prisoners to break her Majesty's Goal of Newgate , and make their Escape . The Prosecutors were Mr. Rouse and Mr. Jeffreys, the two Master Turn-keys. Mr. Rouse depos'd, that on Monday the eighth instant, he had private Information that there was a Design to break the Goal that Evening, which he communicated to Mr. Jeffreys; and thereupon they made a Search, and found a Hole cut in the Floor of the Hall 7 Inches broad, and 18 long, and also that the Irons of one Robert Wilks < no role > , a Highway-man, were saw'd off. After which, endeavouring to get further, Intelligence, a Woman came with Wells's Child in her Arms, by whom they discover'd where he was; and charging him with the Matter, he confess'd the Fact. Mr. Jeffreys depos'd to the same purpose, and that Wilks acknowledg'd to him, that Wells brought the Saw, and cut off his Irons. It was also prov'd that the Prisoner was the Man who procur'd the Escape of Holloway, which was the Cause of three Persons Deaths. All things being very plain, the Jury found him guilty of the Misdemeanour.

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