Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 16th May 1678.

Reference Number: t16780516-9
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty

Then three lusty young fellows were tryed for two several Robberies on the Highway, but of that baser kind called the Foot pad. One was on a person passing on foot through King Harries Walk , whom they set upon, beat, took from him about five shillings, all that he had about him, and then flung him into a Ditch and bound him . The other was on a Butcher on horse-back , who riding home with his Wife behinde him, in the evening spied these three men lurking under a Tree, and endeavoured to turn his horse, but before he could get back, was beset; whereupon he alighted and run for it, and they after: In the mean time the Wife rides away to get help; but they overtaking him, take from him three pounds, binde him, and get away, but were all taken, one at London, and two at Newington, the next morning: and now both the persons swore directly and positively against them all three; whereupon they were Condemned .'Tis observable these Robberies were done the last Execution-day at night, and it was proved these Prisoners were that day at Tyburn in a Coach; so little did the sad fight of their Fellow-Criminals wretched end affect them, that in defiance to Justice they went immediately from that Spectacle to act the same or like Crimes as had brought the others thereunto.


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