John Trippuck, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 4th December 1719.

Reference Number: t17191204-18
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Trippuck of St. Mary le Bone , was indicted for that he together with John Constable , (already Executed for the same) did Assault Giles Blackman on the King's Highway, putting him in Bodily Fear, and taking from him Three Pence Half-Penny , on the 2d of October last about 7 at Night. The Evidence was the same as that against Constable, viz. that Constable rode up to him within 10 Yards of Tyburn , and carry'd him to the Prisoner who ty'd his Hands behind him, let down his Breeches and took his Money from him. He was sure the Prisoner was the Person having seen him before in the Marshalsea, in Company with one William Hope whom he went to see there. John Parish deposed, that they robb'd him before they met the Prosecutor, and took from him a Sack of Hair, and 2 s. 6 d. in Money, but was not so positive that the Prisoner was one of them, as the Prosecutor, he believed him to be the same; that there were three of them one staid with him, the other two fetcht the Prosecutor and bound him by this Evidence. James Taylor deposed, that when he apprehended them, Constable fired at him, and the Prisoner said, if he had been aware they would have been better provided, and it should have cost them dearer. Another deposed that he lent the Prisoner a House to go to Twitenham, but he did not come home with it that Night, but sent it home next Night by a Boy, hard rid, and without Money for the Hire. The Prisoner denied the Fact; and said that he dined that Day at a House by St. Giles's Pound on a Shoulder of Veal, and Staid there till 11 at Night, and called the Woman of the House to prove it. Dorathy Percival deposed, that the Prisoner came to her House to borrow Money, and her Husband not being at Home he waited there for his coming; that she had a Shoulder of Veal for dinner, and invited the Prisoner to dine with her, which he did, and staid there till 10 or 11 at Night; that he was in and out several times, but did not stay nor go further than the Door; being askt how long he might stay at most to her best remembrance, she said about Half an Hour. The Prisoner also observed that he was not apprehended for this Robbery but for the Hire of the Horse, and that nothing was found on him, and called some to his Reputation, one who deposed he had known him 20 Years, and had heard him declare how glad he should be to lead an honest happy Life. The Jury considering the whole matter brought him in guilty . Death . When he was call'd to the Bar to receive Sentence, being ask'd what he had to say why it should not be pronounced against him, said, he hoped the Court would consider the Punishment he had already undergone by being Shot thro' the Arm into the Body, and that one had already been Excecuted for the same Fact.


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