Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Richard Adams of the Parish of Eling , was indicted for assaulting Edward Taylor on the Queen's Highway, and taking from him one Guinea , on the 14th instant. The Prosecutor swore, That going home to Uxbridge, he was met by the Prisoner at Eling-Common , who presenting a Pistol, bid him stand, and took from him a Guinea and 5 s. in Silver; That after he was robb'd, he turn'd his Horse in pursuit of the Prisoner; whereupon he presented at him again, swearing he wou'd shoot him if he follow'd any further; however, he did follow at a distance, till he met with a Neighbour, by the Assistance of whom and another Person, he pursu'd and took him near Kensington; and upon search found two Pistols stuck in his Girdle under his great Coat. Being had before a Justice, he confessed the Matter, and that he had robb'd 3 or 4 Coaches that Day: But upon his Trial, he deny'd he was the Man, and wou'd not own the Confession he had sign'd before the Justice, saying he was much in Drink. He had some Witnesses to give him a good Character; but the Fact being very plain against him, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.