Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Abraham Wood , of St. Katherine Creed-Church , was indicted for Assaulting John Broom on the Highway, and robbing him of a Hat, a Silver Buckle,2 Handkerchiefs and 8s in Money . on the 10th of this instant May . It appeared the Prosecutor had been making merry with some Friends, but was very sensible and knew what he, did, and going home about 12 a Clock at Night he met the Prisoner and two others in Leaden-Hall-Street , who assaulted him knock'd him down, and the Prisoner took hold of his Hair and beat his Head against the Ground, and took one of his Buckels his Handkerchiefs and his Money from him; one of the others took his Hat; that when they left him he cry'd out stop Thief, and was positive he was the person. When they came to the Compter the Prisoner would have had a Bed, telling them the Prosecutor was a Highwayman, and he should have have 10 l. next Day for his Information against him. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he saw the Prosecutor dead Drunk in White Chappel, with a great many about him, that he took him and three others to an Alehouse and treated them; that he had no more Money left, but said he cou'd have Money enough, for he robb'd on the Highway for his Living, and if they'd go along with him he'd make em happy; but this Story did not avail him, he being not able to prove it, and the Jury believing that if he had robb'd on the Highway he would not have declar'd it so freely to Strangers, found him Guilty . Death .