Robert Wilkinson, James Lincoln, Killing > murder, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 7th September 1722.

Reference Number: t17220907-35
Offences: Killing > murder; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death
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Robert Wilkinson and James Lincoln , alias Jones, alias Williams , of St. Margaret Westminster , were indicted for that they (with Daniel Carrel not yet taken) did feloniously Murder Peter Martin , Wilkinson, by giving him with a Sword 1 mortal Wound in the Back, under the Left Shoulder, of the length of 1 Inch, and depth of 9 Inches, of which he instantly died ; and Lincoln by being present, aiding and abetting the said Wilkinson, on the 4th of June last. They were a 2d time indicted of St. James Westminster , for assaulting Fleetwood Clark on the Highway, and taking from him a Sword, value 15 s. and 10 s. in Money , on the 4th of June last. Fleetwood Clark depos'd, that between 10 and 11 at Night, in his passage in a Chair from the Bedford Head Tavern in Covent Garden , to Conduit Street , the Chair was stop, and presently a Man stuck his Pistol through the Glass, and took away his Sword, and 10 s. in Money. A Woman calling out of Window, one of them fired a Pistol at her, which broke the Window, but mist the Woman. Williams Lock depos'd, that at the time aforesaid, himself, Daniel Carrol , Valentine Carrick , (since executed by the Name of James Carrick ) and the 2 prisoners at the Bar, met the Chair in which Mr. Clark was rob'd. This Evidence stood at the lower end of the Court, Lincoln at the upper end, to watch and give notice; Wilkinson stood with a Pistol over one Chairman, and Carrol over the other: Carrick rob'd the Gentleman; the Woman calling out at Window, Wilkinson fir'd at her. The Chairman confirmed Mr. Clark's Evidence, and depos'd, that going to Newgate, 14 or 15 prisoners were placed before them, and they were afterward taken aside single, and they both fixt upon the same Man. Lincoln, in his Defence said, that he was at Cambridge when the Fact was committed, but had no Money to fetch up his Witnesses to prove it. Wilkinson in his Defence, call'd Will Hyde , Mary Hyde , Moses Webb , Katherine Wells , and Rich Beach , who depos'd, that Hyde was arrested on the 4th of June last, for Debt, and the prisoner Wilkinson, was from 7 till 12 that Night, helping to remove Hyde's Goods, from his House in Southwark. Lack depos'd, that his Pocket was pickt in Newgate of his Information, whereby the prisoners had an opportunity of preparing their Witnesses to contradict him; which was confirm'd by Mr. Parry the Turnkey.

To the 2d Indictment, Edw Parry depos'd, that he parted with the Deceased, at the Camp at Hyde Park , about 11 at Night, who had his Fuzee with him. Lock depos'd, he went the same Night with the same Company to the corner of Hyde Park, where they met the Deceas'd; that Wilkinson seiz'd the Deceas'd, who crying out, Lincoln knocked him down. They sent this Evidence to watch if any body came out; when he came back he saw the Deceased led between Carrol and Wilkinson, and the latter drawing his Sword, gave him several pushes in the Back. He sunk down, Lincoln rifled his Pockets, but found nothing there but a Knife and a Key. That afterwards they attack'd Captain Langley in a Coach, who making resistance, they fir'd at him several times, whereupon two Soldiers came up, and the prisoner, Wilkinson, struck at one of them with the Butt end of the Deceased's Musket, and broke it: That he afterwards threw the broken Gun at the end of Tyburn Lane. Captain Langley confirmed most of Lock's Evidence, and added, the Rogues wounded him in seven places with their Swords. Captain Steward deposed, that next day he found the Deceased dead in the Road, his Pocket turned out, and a Key and a Knife-lying by. The broken Stock and Barrel of the Gun were found by Tyburn lane, and prov'd to be the same which the deceased Pensioner took out with him. Mr. Herbert, the Surgeon, deposed, that on viewing the dead body, he found several mortal Wounds. Wilkinson insisted on the Defence he had made to the former Indictment, and Lincoln said, that no body could prove that he ever was in Lock's Company. - Redgate then depos'd, that 10 Weeks ago, about 9 at Night, Lock, Carrick, and Lincoln, were all at his House together, at the Red Gate in Kingstreet, St. Giles's. The Jury found them both guilty of both Indictments.

[Death. See summary.]

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