James Wilson, John Homer, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th September 1720.

Reference Number: t17200907-33
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Wilson and John Homer ; were indicted for Assaulting George Herbert on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from him 11 Guineas and Half and 2 s. 6 d. in Money , on the 30th of August last. The Prosecutor deposed that he had received his wages due on the Queenborough, and at Chatham met the Prisoners and another, who came up to London with him, and would have had him gone to drink with them, but he refused; that at the End of Warwick-Lane they clapt two Pistols to his Breast, and took 11 Guineas and Half from him; that one of them was taken in Newgate-Market; that he was sure the Prisoners were two of them, for he knew them well having been with them 3 Days. Jonathan Wild deposed, that the Prisoner Wilson, the same Morning he was taken sent for him to the Compter, and told him that himself John Homer and William Field had committed a Robbery, that if he would endeavour to take the others, he would turn Evidence to save his own Life. Accordingly he went in search of them, but they kept out of the Way, till about a Week after William Field sent to him in order to be an Evidence, and said he would produce Homer, and several others for House-breaking and the High-Way. Accordingly he agreed to the same, and met him next Morning, when he took him to the White-Horse-Inn by Cripplegate, where he took Homer in Bed with a Woman. After some Threats he got up, and desired that he might be a Stag, he ask'd him the meaning of it, and he told him an Evidence; and that he could help him to 3 or 4 Foot-Pads. William Field deposed that himself and the Prisoners at the Bar went to Chatham with a design to break open Houses there, but things did not answer their Expectation, that the Prosecutor coming into the House where they were, they found he had plenty of Money, kept Company with him to Gravesend, thence by Water to London, where at Warwick-Lane end the Prisoners and himself committed the Fact, that Homer clapt a Pistol to the Prosecutor's Breast, and they took 11 Guineas and a Half snd Half a Crown from him. The Watchman deposed, the three Men ran along, and he hearing the Cry of Stop him, followed Wilson up Ivy Lane into the Market, and took him in a Corner thereof. - Hooper deposed, that he coming over the Market at that time laid hold of Wilson, who threw his Pistol under the Butcher's Shambles, and the former Evidence came up and they secured him. The Jury found them both Guilty . Death .


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