Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Joseph Ward , of the Parish of Pancras , was indicted for Assaulting Peter Walter , Esq ; in an open Place near the High Way, and taking from him 6 s. 6 d. the 1st of August last. The Prosecutor and his Wife depos'd, That as they were walking between Kentish Town and Hampstead , going over a Stile, the Prisoner coming out of a Ditch, pulled out a Club from under his Coat, and swore if he put his Hand to his Sword, he would knock out the Prosecutor's Brains presently, that then he demanded his Money, Watch, &c. but he gave him only his Silver. The Prisoner had confess'd the Fact before the Justice, and also to two other Evidences that apprehended him. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .