James Little, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th October 1725.

Reference Number: t17251013-22
Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdicts: Guilty
Punishments: Death

James Little , of Pancras , was indicted for Assaulting Lionel Mills , in an open Field near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him three Keys, a Turnover, a Handkerchief, and 16 s. in Money , on the 28th of August last.

He was a 2d time indicted for Assaulting Richard Hatton Evans , in an open Field near the Highway, and taking from him a Cane, three Keys, and 20 s. in Money , August 7 .

Lionel Mills thus deposed: About 7 o'Clock on Saturday Evening, as I was coming home from Hampstead, in the 2d Field beyond Fig-Lane , I saw the Prisoner and two other Men standing together. The Prisoner came forward with a Pistol in his Hand, and said, Your Money, Sir. He took half a Guinea and some Silver from me, and demanded where my Watch was. I told him I had none. Then he took my Handkerchief and Neckcloth, and bade me good Night. The Tuesday following I was told that such a Man was in Custody, and going to see if it was the Man that robb'd me, I presently knew him to be the same.

Edward Hatton Evans thus deposed: Coming over the Fields from Kentish-Town , between 7 and 8 at Night, my little Boy being with me, I saw the Prisoner and another Man, both arm'd with Pistols. The Prisoner's Companion came up to me, bade me stand, demanded my Money, search'd my Pockets, and took 20 s. from me. My Child cry'd out, O! my Dear Father! Upon which the Prisoner went to him, kiss'd him, and said, Don't be afraid, my Dear, we won't hurt your Father. They bade me good Night, and went away; but he that robb'd me, turn'd back again and took my Cane.

William Wood thus deposed: I went to see the Prisoner, and took Mr. Hatton's Child with me. The Child presently knew him, tho' he stood among several others. That's the Man (says the Child) that kiss'd me while the other Man robb'd my Father. He has got the same Wastecoat on now as he had them: 10 which the Prisoner answer'd, No, I can prove that I had another Wastecoat on at that Time.

The Constable thus deposed: I took the Prisoner in Pattin's Alley in Newtoner's Lane, at the House of Bess Lion, alias Edgworth Bess , (an old Acquaintance of the late Jack Sheppard 's.) I suppose the Prisoner was a Bed with her when I first came to the Door; for I found his Breeches and Stockings upon her Bed below Stairs, and catch'd him above with nothing on but his Coat. He confess'd to me that he was concern'd in the two Robberies of which he now stands indicted. Guilty . Death .


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