Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 5th December 1718.

Reference Number: t17181205-49
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

of the Parish of Pancras was indicted for assaulting John Smith on the King's High Way, and taking from him a Bag value 1 d. the 22d. of November last.

He was likewise indicted a 2d time for Assaulting and Robbing Elizabeth Griffith on the High Way, and taking from her 4 d. in Money and a Dutch Stiver , the 15th of November Elizabeth Griffith deposed, that having been at Market and coming home about 4 a Clock in the Evening, she was met by the Prisoner in the second Field from Pancrass-wells , where she liv'd and that he pulling out a Dagger sause violently he would had her immediately if she did not deliver him her Money; which she did, and then he went away very much affrighted. John Smith deposed that on the 22d of November he having been at Market had bought some Meat, and having occasion to a point, laid his Meat down by him, and the String of his Breeches breaking, he had pulled off his Garter and ty'd them up, when the Prisoner came suddenly upon him (with the Instrument Eliz. Griffith called a Dagger, which was produced in Court, and she swore to be the same, and seem'd to be a fine File ground into the form of the Blade of a buyonett of about 8 Inches in length, and put into an Ivory Handle of a Knife) and catching hold of him threatend to stab him to the Heart immediately, if he did not deliver his Money; he telling him he had none, but if he pleas'd he might take his Meat, he swore he did not want his Meat, but he would have his Money and telling him he had a mind to be kill'd for his Obllin acy, thrust his Hand into his Pocket, and took out his Bag, and seeling about it for Money and not finding any, was about to thrust his hand into his pocket again, when he drawing back his Leg, caught him last hold of his Collar, threw his head in His Face, and with his Leg threw him, hold him tight, at the same time securing his Dagger-Hand, keeping his hold till by calling out some Persons who were of his Company gone a little before came to his Assistance. Two other Evidences deposed, that they hearing the Prosecutor call, came to his Assistance, and found them both on the Ground strugling together, and one of them that came up to them first, disposed that he saw the Weapon call'd a Dagger in the prisoner's Hand. The Prisoner deny'd the Facts, but being so plainly Prov'd they found him Guilty . Death .


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