Godfrey Meakins, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 3rd March 1720.

Reference Number: t17200303-20
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Godfrey Meakins , of Kensington was indicted for Assaulting John Briggs on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 7 s. in Money , on the 13th of October last. John Briggs deposed that the Prisoner came to his Master's House (Serjeant Cheshire) at Thistleworth, and said he was his Nephew, had been beyond Sea and suffer'd great Hardships and was in want; that his Master being at London, he took the Prisoner in, fill'd his Belly and got a Lodging in the Town for him: That the next Day coming to London along with him in order to introduce him to his Master, the Prisoner and 4 more set upon him about Kensington , robb'd, bound and gagg'd him, and took 7 s. from him. Samuel Saunders deposed, that the aforesaid Evidence came into a Publick House where he was at Thistleworth, and enquired for a Lodging for the Prisoner; that he told the said Briggs he did well to get a Lodging for him out of the House; That the Prisoner came afterwards to my Lady Morgans (with whom this Evidence liv'd) with such another Story, saying he was her Nephew; but he remembring the Prisoner very well to be the same Person he had seen at Thistleworth with Briggs, whom he heard he had robb'd, secured him; and that he confest it before the Justice. Martha Ware deposed, that the Prisoner was the same Person that came to Serjeant Cheshire her Master's House, and said he was a Relation of his; whereupon she called the first Evidence ( John Briggs ) to him who had him in. The Prisoner had nothing to say for himself. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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