John James, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 11th October 1721.

Reference Number: t17211011-16
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John James , of Ealing , was indicted for Assaulting Collet Mawhood on the High way on the 28th of August last, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Gold Ring with a blue Stone in it value 20 s. and 10 s. in Money . The Prosecutor deposed, that he was robb'd by 2 Highwaymen of his Money and Ring near Hanwell Heath about 5 a Clock the afternoon aforesaid; and he was sure the Prisoner was one of them. That having a great value for the Ring for the sake of the Friend who left it him, he begg'd of them to let him have it again, promising them any Consideration, telling them his Name and where he liv'd; that Hawes returned him his Ring, but the Prisoner took it from him again; and that the Ring produced in Court was the same Ring he was robb'd of. Nathaniel Hawes deposed, that the Prisoner and himself committed the Fact, that he restored the Prosecutor his Ring, and the Prisoner took it from him again. That they hired their Horses in Bedfordbury, and had committed 11 Robberies in a Fortnight. Jonathan Wild deposed, that Hawes sent to him and told him he would come in, and make himself an Evidence, told him of this Robbery and discover'd the Prisoner; that when he (this Evidence) took the Prisoner, he found the Ring produced in Court in his Pocket; that the Prisoner begg'd hard to have the Ring again; but he refused to give it him, telling him that it might be the Chief Evidence against him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that his Wife brought the Ring to him in Prison, being arrested for Debt, and that Hawes gave it to her to lye with her. But the Evidence being very full against him, the Jury found him Guilty Death .


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