James Reading, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 30th August 1721.

Reference Number: t17210830-50
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Reading , of St. Mary at Islington , was indicted for Assaulting George Brownsworth on the High Way, on the 22nd of July last, putting him in fear and taking from him a Watch, value 3 l. a pair of Silver Spurs, value 20 s. a pair of Silver Buckles, value 4 s. 2 Guineas, and 10 s. in Money , the Goods and Money of the said George Brownsworth . The Prosecutor deposed, that he was robb'd the 22nd of July last about 9 at Night, between the Turnpike and Islington by 3 Persons; that 2 stopt him, and one came out of a Ditch and pull'd him off his Horse. That the Watch and Seal produced in court was his Watch and Seal; and that the Prisoner told him the Spurs were pawn'd for 15 s. but he could not swear to the Persons who robb'd him. Jonathan Wild deposed, that he had the Watch and Seal produced in Court from Barridge, who made himself an Evidence, (and told him they robb'd a Gentleman going to Cambridge Heath) that Mr. Brownsworth described the Watch and Seal before he saw them, said that he was pull'd off his Horse, and his Spurs cut from his Boots. William Burridge deposed, that the Prisoner, one Shaw, and himself committed the Fact, as before described; that they took from him a Watch, Seal, 2 Guineas, a pair of Buckles and Spurs; and that the Spurs were cut from the Boots. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and said

said that he was an Unfortunate Man, just come out of New Prison, and had been an Evidence against others. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .


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