ThomasMultus Christopher Murphy, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 15th October 1718.

Reference Number: t17181015-2
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishments: Death

ThomasMultus, alias Colethurst of Newington , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Philip , upon the Highway, and taking from him, a Cloth Coat value 2 s.6 d. a pair of Spurs value 2 s. and a Gelding value 20 l. the property of Matth.ew Lant , the 22d of September . The Prosecutor depos'd, that as he was riding near Pancras Wash ,he was met by two Men, one on Horseback, and the other on Foot, who stop'd him; and the Prisoner took off his Spurs, Boots,&c. and afterwards they bid him get off from his Horse, and the Prisoner's put on his Coat, got upon the Horse, and rode away. He could not Swear to the Prisoners Face; but when he was apprehended, he had the Prosecutors Coat on his Back, and a Spur, and other of his things in his Pocket. By other Evidences it did appear, that the Prosecutor crying our Highway-men, some Persons that happened as to be near, pursued the Prisoner, and he not being able to get off, quitted his Horse, and hid himself under some Brambles in a Ditch, and the Prosecutors Coat on his Back, the Spurs, Handkerchief,&c. found in his Coat Pocket; and the Horse was carried to the King's Head at Hampstead. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, and said that his Brother was to go so a Fair to sell a Horse, he met him on the Road, and ask'd him to give him some Linnen; and that on the Road his Brother gave him the Coat and other things. But the Evidence being positive against the Prisoner, the Jury found him Guilty .

He was indicted a 2d time, together with Christopher Murphy , for assaulting Mr. David Sinclair , upon the Highway, and taking from him a Horse, value 6 l. the property of Thomas Cox , the 19th of September last. The Prosecutor depos'd that he was set upon between Kilburn and Paddington , by two Highway-men, who took his Horse from him, and left him another Horse, which was claimed afterwards by another Gentleman that had been robb'd, as was made appear by that other Gentleman. The Prosecutor would not Swear positively to the Prisoner, it being Night when he was robb'd; but a Note of 40 l. which was taken from the Prosecutor, was found in the Prisoners Coat Pocket when apprehended, which he would have accounted for, by saying he had the Coat of his Brother, who he said was a Highway-man. The Jury found him guilty of this Indictment likewise; and he receiv'd Sentence of Death . But as to Murphy he prov'd that he was an Actor in Southwark Fair , at the very time the Robbery was committed, so he was acquitted .


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