John Austin, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 8th December 1725.

Reference Number: t17251208-70
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Austin , of Stepney , was indicted for assaulting Richard Perrin on the Highway, and taking from him a Coat value 5 s. November 2 Richard Perrin thus depos'd. As I was coming over Stepney-Fields , about Seven in the Morning, the Prisoner met me, and as he was passing by me, knockt me down with a Club as thick as my Arm, and took my Coat from me, and ran away with it. I presently recover'd my self, and ran after him, crying Stopthief. He just got out of my Sight, by turning the Road before he was stopt. Joseph Baston thus depos'd, I met the Prisoner running, at the Lane's End; I was the first Man that impos'd him, whereof he said he was a running from a Bailiff; but I supposing him to be a Rogue, was going to reprehend him, whereof he broke my Head. Other Witnesses depos'd to the same Purpose, and that they saw the Prisoner drop the Coat. The Club was produc'd in Court. The Prisoner saying little in his Defence, the Jury found him Guilty . Death


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