John Roberts, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 28th February 1722.

Reference Number: t17220228-11
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Roberts , alias Lee , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting Merey Coop on the Highway, and taking from her a Pocket, value 2 d. and 2 s. 6 d. 3 Farthings in Money , the Goods and Money of William Coop , on the 30th of January last. Merey Coop depos'd, that between 7 and 8 at Night, going along by the dead Wall at the Meuse , the prisoner and another run by her, who threw her down, and snatch'd her Pocket off. That a Chariot coming by, she cry'd out stop Thief, at which the prisoner made an offer to strike her, when 2 Men seiz'd him. Andrew Lloyd and George More depos'd, that hearing a Woman cry out, they came up, and saw the prisoner offering to strike her with one Hand, whilst he held the Pocket in the other; but they seiz'd him, and by the help of a Link found the Pocket, which he had thrown away. Other Witnesses confirm'd the same. The prisoner in his Defence said, that he was on the other side of the Way, which being disprov'd by the Witnesses, the Jury found him guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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