James Wright, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 6th December 1721.

Reference Number: t17211206-66
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

James Wright , of St. James's Westminster , was indicted for asaulting Samuel Towers on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Watch, value 5 l. and 10 s. in Money , on the 22d of January, in the 6th Year of the King .

Samuel Towers depos'd, that on January the 22d, 1719. being in a Hackny Coach, in Marlboro street , three Men disguis'd, on Horseback, stop'd the Coach, and one of them presenting a Pistol to his Breast, demanded his Money, but not delivering readily, another, at the other Door, cry'd out, D - n him, does be resist? shoot him; and with that, struck the Prosecutor on the race with a Whip; they then took away his Watch and Money, and afterwards rob'd the Ladies in the same Coach, and rid off.

William Hawkins depos'd, that he, his Brother, and the prisoner, committed that Robbery. That he (this Evidence) pawn'd the Watch in Hounsditch for 40 s. and the prisoner had his share of the Money.

Mr. Norris depos'd, that the prisoner and Hawkins hir'd their Horses together of him; and Arthur Turner depos'd, that they both put up their Horses in his Stables.

Jonathan Wild depos'd, that being at the Fountain Tavern by Newgate, with the prisoner, and Hawkins, the prisoner ask'd him to let him have his Working Tools (Pistols) again, which he took from him, when the was committed to the Marshalsea; which this Deponent denying, the prisoner then ask'd him to lend him any other pair to go on the Road, for (says the prisoner) I must take up the old Sport again.

T. Askew depos'd, that when the prisoner was taken (upon Hawkins's Information) he heard the prisoner say, That Rogue Hawkins! - I expect no other than to be ty'd up.

The prisoner in his Defence said, that Hawkins would swear any thing to save his own Life. That Hawkins had often enticed him to go on the Road with him; but he refusing, Hawkins told him one Day, If you wont go with me, I'll be up with you. Guilty . Death .


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