John Neale, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th December 1692.

Reference Number: t16921207-6
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Neale , a Soldier of Islington , was tried, for that he, together with one Silver Fitz Gerrald , Hugh Bowen , Thomas Crawly , and Edward Butler , not taken, did rob John Lacey , Esq . in the King's High-way, on Bartholomew Day last, taking from him a Gold Watch, value 18 l. a pair of Diamond Pendants, value 40 l. a Point Crevat, value 10 l. a Silk Petticoat, value 3 l. a Flanders-Laced Nightrayle, value 10 l. a Strip'd Stuff petticoat, value 20 s. a Cloak 20 s. The Evidence was Mr. Lacy (and others) who deposed, That he and his Wife, and a Maid, were passing home in his Coach to Tatnam-high-Cross, and a little beyond Islington, he was set upon by several High-way men about eight a Clock at night, seven or eight of them, who stopt his Coach, and took out the Horses, and led them away into a Field adjacent, and then took away the aforesaid Goods, and the Gold Watch; amongst which Robbers there was one Mackguire, who was transported about two years since, and was taken for the same Fact; but upon his ingenuous Confession of the matter, was at present respited, but a Prisoner. The Evidence were positive against the Prisoner, that he was one of the Thieves, and Mr. Lacey swore that he had the more opportunity to observe the Prisoner, because he was the chiefest amongst them, and did personally rob him, and stroke him over the Head, &c. The Prisoner called some Evidence to prove that he was elsewhere when the Robbery was done, but could not; the matter was very plain against him, so he was found guilty of the Robbery.

[Death. See summary.]


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