Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Nathaniel Haws of Finchly , was indicted for assaulting Richard Hall on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him 4 s. in Money , on the 24th of November last. To this Indictment the prisoner refus'd to plead, saying, that as he had liv'd like a Man, he was resolv'd to die so, and not be hang'd in such a shabby Coat as he then appear'd in. That he had left a good Suit of Cloaths at his Lodging, when he was apprehended, which he pray'd might be return'd; and till this was granted, he positively refus'd to plead. His Thumbs were then ty'd together, and the Cord pull'd till it broke several times, but he still refusing to plead, was at last sentenc'd to be prest; and having lain in the Press about 7 Minutes, with 250 pound Weight upon him, he desir'd to be carried back, and pleaded Not Guilt.
Richard Hall depos'd, that Novem. 24 in the Evening, the prisoner came up to him on Finchly Common , and holding a Pistol to his Breast, bid him dismount. That he thereupon gave the prisoner 4 s. who was going to alight himself, in order to search the Prosecutor; which he observing, while his Back was towards him, he suddenly seiz'd the prisoner's Hand, and wrench'd the Pistol from him; and then clapping it to the prisoner's Breast, bid him surrender, which he did. A Drayman coming by, assisted the Prosecutor to carry the prisoner to Highgate, where he was secured. That the prisoner there own'd he had broke out of New Prison but the Sunday before. The prisoner said nothing in his Defence, but only insisted to have his Cloaths. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .