Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
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John James , alias Eaton, alias John the Grinder , Thomas Picket , and Henry Avery , of St. Bartholomew the Great , were indicted for Assaulting Elizabeth Knowles on the Highway; and taking from her a silk Pocket, value 1 s. a Watch and Chain 5 l. 5 s. a Snuff Box, 13 s. and other things , on the 17 of January last. Elizabeth Knowles depos'd, that between 6 and 7 at Night, somebody came behind her in Long Lane and kick'd her leg, and snatch'd her Pocket off; that applying her self to Jonathan Wild , he took the prisoners, and he helpt her to the Watch. Thomas Eades alias Eaves depos'd, that he and the 3 prisoners committed the Fact; Eades strove to knock her down, Picket snatch'd the Pocket and gave it to James. Eades pawn'd the Watch for a Guinea, and they shar'd the Money. Jonathan Wild depos'd, that he went in search of John the Grinder to Crown Court in St. Giles's: that Eaves seeing him, stood against the Door, but Wild threatning to fire was let in, and found the Grinder hid under the Bed, and secur'd him and Eaves; that Eaves own'd he had snatch'd a Pocket with a Watch in it, in Long Lane, in company with the Grinder, Picket and Avery: upon this he apprehended Picket and Avery whom he knew to be old snatch Pockets; That they afterwards confest that they design'd to become Evidences, if they were not already Impeach'd. Some Witnesses appear'd for the Grinder who knew little of him, but gave a good Character of his Father and Mother. Several spoke for Picket, and said he was a Hackney Coachman, and if he was guilty they believed he was very lately drawn in. Many gave Avery an extraordinary Character: said he was a Bricklayer , and was always known to be very careful and industrious. Avery was Acquitted , and the two other found Guilty .