Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Thomas Reeves , John Hartly alias Poky , and Francis Hackabout , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , were indicted for assaulting Roger Worthington , in an open place near the Highway, and taking from him a Hat, value 1 s. a Wig. 2 s. a Coat and Wastcoat, 10 s. a Shirt, 3 s. a Neckcloth, 6 d. a pair of Buckles, 4 d. and 2 d. in Money . on the 9th of March last. Roger Worthington depos'd, that coming over the Fields at Anniseed clear about 9 at night. Reeves bid him stand; and Hartly struck him on the Head with a Pistol; that 4 more came up to them, and they collar'd him and knockt him down; that they bound him, and left him naked, he was not positive that Hackabout was one, but Reeves and Hartly he swore to. Thomas Groves depos'd, that having bought a Frock of Reeves, and wearing it at the Crown in Anniseed Clear, the Prosecutor told him that one of the Rogues that rob'd him, had that very Coat on; whereupon they went to the Crown in Fore street, where the Prosecutor pointed out Reeves, before this Evidence told him which was the Man that he had the Frock from. Reeves in his defence said, that Grove was a scandalous Fidler, and a fellow of no Credit; and that the Prosecutor ow'd them a spite, and had made his brags that he'd hang 6 of them, and get the money allow'd for taking them; 2 or 3 appear'd for Hartly's Reputation, but the Evidence being positive against him and Reeves, they were found Guilty . And Hackabout Acquitted .