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

Reference Number: t17211011-28
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Dikes , of St. Dunstan at Stepney , was indicted for Assaulting Charles Wright , on the High Way, on the 5th of August last, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Pen-knife value 4 d. a Steal Seal value 6 d. and 5 s. 8 d. 1/2 in Money . The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going home from London he was stopt by Issac Drew and the Prisoner, that the Prisoner clapt a Pistol to his Breast, and said if he would not stand quietly he would shoot him; that they took his Money, Seal, and Pen-knife from him; that he was sure the Prisoner was the Person that clapt the Pistol to his Breast, he saw him plain, it being a fine Star-Light Night. Issac Drew deposed, that the Prisner and himself stopt the Prosecutor and robb'd him; that he (this Evidence) took the Seal, Pen-Knife and Eightpence Halfpenny from him, and the Prisoner the rest, which he conceal'd from him (this Evidence) and sunk; and that the Prisoner clapt the Pistol to the Prosecutor's Breast. Jonathan Wild deposed, that he being informed that Dikes and Drew went on the Footpad, dog'd and took them together; that Dikes told him he could make a Discovery against Drew of some Trifles, but no great Sums. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and called an Evidence to prove that he was elsewhere at that time; who deposed, that the Prisoner was very ill, and his Sister sent for her (this Evidence) to look after him, but being askt when she was sent for, said, the Friday or Saturday before Bartholomewtide; so that she differ'd widely in point of time. He also called some to discredit Drew's Evidence, who deposed, that they heard him say, he would Hang a Hundred before be would be hang'd himself. He also called several to his Reputation. The Jury considering the Matter found him Guilty . Death .


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