Henry Powel, John Grymes, Charles Smith, John Clifton, K - J -, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 22nd April 1691.
Henry Powel, alias Howel , John Grymes , Charles Smith , John Clifton and K - J - was all Tryed for a Notorious Robbery on the High-way near Acton in the County of Middlesex, on the 24th of March last, in and upon Tho. Allom , Gent his Lady Elizabeth Allom and his Daughter Jane Allom , putting them in fear taking away from Mr. Allom a Gray Gelding value 14 l. a Saddle, value 30 s. and 15 s. in Mony, and 15 s. from
Mrs. Allom, and a Gold Chain, value 7 l. from Mrs. Jane Allom . he Evidence was very numerous, the first of which was Mr. Allom, who declared, That as he was going from Acton towards his House, on Horseback, and his Lady and Daughter a Coach, five or six Persons met him and Robbed him, knocking him off his Horse, having Robbed the Coach before. He ore possitive to Howel and Grimes, but could not be possitive to the other three, they having disguised themselves, and ad the Hair of their Periwigs in their Mouths. Mrs. Allom new Powel at the Tryal, and did believe the other to be present at the Robbery, but was very tender upon her Oath. Other very credible Evidence deposed, That the Chain was found about Powel, it droping out of his Pocket, which was owned by Madam Allom. There were other Witnesses that strengthened the former Depositions, and said, That Kyrbey was one among them, and that Smith Rifled and the Coach, and Howel first stopt it, uttering most desperate Oaths, with threats, against Madam Allom, to deliver, which she was forced to do, and immediately fled; but being pursued by the Neighbouring People, they were all Apprehended, Smith being shot in making his Escape in his Thigh, so was brought into Court in a Chair, &c.
In their Defence, Powel said, That he found the Gold Chain as he was rideing along, lying upon the Ground, but could not prove it. Grymes had little to say: and Smith said, That he found the Horse loose in the Road, which Horse was Mr. Alloms and owned by him. J - denied that he was in the Company, but it was made appear that he was one that beset the Coach; so he and the three former was found Guilty ; Clifton denied it, and there was no possitive Evidence that toucht him, as to Matter of Fact, viz. that he was among the rest, or went with them any further than Hide Park Corner, when the Robbery was done so he was (after mature Consideration) Acquitted .
[Death. See summary.]